Earlier this evening Australian batsman, Chris Lynn scored his maiden century in the Pakistan Super League. The century came in the league stage game between Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars. Qalandars won the game by 9 wickets with seven balls remaining. Chris Lynn was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant century.
Qalandars thrashed Multan Sultans
Having won the toss, Lahore invited Multan to bat first. Multan scored a mamoth 186 runs for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs. Khushdil Shah played a fine innings and scored a half-century for Multan Sultans. Qalandars started their chase with all guns blazing as Lynn smashed bowlers all around the park. They comfortably chased the target in 18.5 overs.
Lynn scored 113 runs from 52 balls and remained not out till the end of the innings. During his stay at the crease, Lynn hammered 12 boundaries and eight mighty sixes. He scored his maiden century by batting at a strike rate of more than 200. The Aussie international took only 52 balls to score his first ton for Qalandars in a must-win game. After scoring the century he looked in hurry and went for back to back sixes in the penultimate over that helped his side winning the crucial game by 9 wickets. Moreover, this win helped Qalandars in becoming the 3rd team to qualify for the semi-finals of fifth edition of PSL.
“It's great to get triple figures. I love playing in the day, but it was important to get to that semi-finals after five years of trying,” Lynn said after the innings.
“It was difficult (playing in an empty stadium) but you have to create your own energy when fielding.”
Helping hand by Fakhar
His opening partner Fakhar Zaman also scored a half-century for Lahore Qalandars. The Pakistani international registered his 2nd half-century in PSL 2020 that too in style with a six off Moeen Ali in the sixth over. In the end, Usman Qadir, the leg-spinner helped his side in getting the first breakthrough, who dismissed Fakhar Zaman.
Lahore in semi's
Lahore finished the league stage in third place with 10 points and will now meet Karachi Kings in the second semifinal on Tuesday. Lahore won three of their last four matches by chasing down targets of 180 runs-plus in a remarkable turnaround of form after losing three in a row at the start of the tournament. Lahore has finished last in all four previous editions of the PSL since 2016.