Ben Dunk’s six-hitting masterclass helped Lahore Qalandars storm past Karachi Kings by eight wickets in Lahore.
Dunk posted an unbeaten 99, which consisted of three boundaries and twelve towering sixes. With 188 to win, Lahore were off to a worst possible start when they lost the wicket of Fakhar Zaman.
Mohammad Hafeez, batting at No 3, struggled big time to score at a quicker rate, which in turn put the pressure on the home side. Dunk, walking in to bat at 50 for 2, turned the heat on with a six-hitting frenzy. He was well supported by skipper Sohail Akhtar, who ended up on unbeaten 68 off 46 balls.
Dunk first took Umer Khan to the cleaners with three sixes in his one over before taking skipper Imad Wasim to the cleaners in the 16th over. With four required off the last over, Dunk smashed a straight six off Cameron Delport to finish on 99* and finish the game in style.
Earlier, Alex Hales (80 off 48) and Chadwick Walton (45 off 20) turned the heat on with some blistering ball striking to lift their side to a competitive total on a flat batting wicket in Lahore.
Sharjeel Khan was caught well short of his ground at the non-striker’s end when he tried to sneak a quick single.
Babar Azam then scored 38 off 29 deliveries (including six fours) before he was removed by a very ordinary ball from Maaz Khan. But there wasn’t a lot to worry with Hales and Walton taking care of the Karachi innings.