Watson leads Quetta win over Peshawar, Lahore out


Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson hit a solid 37 and took two wickets to help Quetta beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in the second match in Dubai on Friday, a result which also ended all hopes for Lahore Qalanadrs to qualify for playoffs.

Watson’s 37 laid the platform for Quetta to chase down a modest 158-run target in 19.2 overs as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed also chipping in with 45 not out as twice runners-up achieved the target in xx overs for their fifth win in eight games.

They now have ten points but Islamabad United top the table on better net run-rate. Karachi Kings are third and Multan Sultans are fourth. Peshawar now needs to win all their remaining two games to stand a chance for the last four play-offs.

Lahore will now play their three matches for pride as they cannot reach nine points in any case.

Once Watson was dismissed after a 25-ball knock of six boundaries and a six, Sarfraz and Rilee Rossouw (31 not out) ensured the target is reached. Sarfraz knocked six boundaries in his confident 31-ball innings.

Peshawar owed their total to Smith early on and then an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 56 between Rikki Wessels (31) and Darren Sammy (35) — both unbeaten — as they lifted from 101-5 to 156-5.

Smith had the early onslaught as he smashed five sixes and a boundary in his 33-ball 48 but once he and Mohammad Hafeez (31) were gone, Peshawar innings needed one slog over partnership which Sammy and Wessels provided.

Sammy smashed two sixes and four boundaries in his 19-ball knock while Wessels 29-ball knock had one six and three boundaries.

Watson again was the pick of the bowlers with 2-26 in his four overs while Mohammad Nawaz, Rahat Ali and Ben Laughlin had one wicket apiece.

Sunday will see Karachi Kings take on Lahore Qalandars.