Shaheen Afridi comforts Babar Azam after PSL Eliminator 2 match.©Twitter
Lahore Qalandars defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 4 wickets in the Eliminator 2 of the ongoing Pakistan Super League on Friday. Mohammad Haris’ 85 off 54 balls and Babar Azam’s 42 off 36 sent Zalmi to 171 for 5 in 20 overs after the side opted to bat first in the match. In reply, Mirza Tahir’s 42 balls from 42 helped Qalandars to come home with seven balls to spare. With the win, the Shaheen Afridi-led side set up a final with Multan Sultans to be played on March 18 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Although luck was in the camp of the Lahore Qalandars, the Peshawar Zalmi players were disappointed to miss out on the final match spot after coming so close.
A video is going viral on social media showing the winning captain Shaheen being able to console his Peshawar Zalmi counterpart Babar after the match.
Watch the heartbreaking video here:
Babar and Shaheen
Unbreakable strap #LQvPZpic.twitter.com/iGcHYbcX56
— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) March 17, 2023
Babar Azam shone with the bat in the tournament as he scored 522 runs in 11 matches at an average of 52.20 and a strike rate of 145.40.
“Happy with the form but disappointed it didn’t help the team to win. I’ll look back and see what I can do better,” said Babar after the game.
On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars skipper Shaheen picked 15 wickets over 11 matches for the final match.
“I try my best to always give to the team in batting, bowling and fielding. I want to hit when the situation calls for it,” said Shaheen after the game.
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