Harry Brook waves his bat after scoring a century against Islamabad United at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Saturday. AFP
The 22-year-old former England under-19 captain plundered 10 fours and five sixes in his unbeaten 102 off 49 balls and lifted Lahore from a precarious 12-3 to its total of 197-6 after captain Shaheen Shah Afridi won the toss and chose to bat.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan stifled Islamabad's chase in his last PSL game this season with 2-19 as Islamabad limped to 131-9.
Islamabad’s ploy to shuffle its batting order didn’t go well with Liam Dawson top-scoring with 31 while batting at No. 4. Lahore's fast bowling trio of Afridi, Zaman Khan and Haris Rauf struck at regular intervals and picked up two wickets each.
Shaheen Afridi (L) celebrates the wicket of Mubasir Khan (R) during PSL match. AFP
Lahore's players gave a guard of honor to Rashid on the sidelines after the victory as the world’s top T20 bowler grabbed 13 wickets overall and played a key role in Lahore’s six victories with the team second in the points table. Rashid's Afghanistan is due to play limited-overs series in Bangladesh, starting next week.
Earlier, Lahore stuttered inside the first 15 deliveries when Faheem Ashraf (3-28) grabbed two wickets and also had Mohammad Hafeez run out off a direct throw.
But Brook and Fakhar Zaman counterattacked with a 63-ball 101-run stand. Fakhar made 51 off 41 and also completed 500 runs this season before holing out to Ashraf in the deep soon after completing his sixth half century in nine games to go along with his century against Karachi Kings.
Brook completed his century with his 10th four over extra cover in the penultimate over of Waqas Maqsood as Lahore hammered 62 runs in the last five overs.
Islamabad with eight points from nine games still has a chance to qualify for the playoffs. It takes on table-topper Multan Sultans in its last league game on Sunday.
Defending 12 in the last over, the 20-year-old Zaman gave away just three runs off the first four balls before hard-hitting batter Asif Ali holed out at long off for 15 off the fifth delivery as Islamabad finished at 166-5.
The toss didn’t go in favour of Karachi skipper Babar Zaman for the third successive game and his team, despite Sharjeel Khan’s 60, was restricted to 170-7 in its 20 overs.
Peshawar Zalmi put the United to bat first, who scored 174 for the loss of nine wickets and set a 175-run target for the Wahab Riaz-led side. Hasan Ali’s start with the ball was not as effective as his batting in the first innings — where he hit 45 off 16 balls.
The 21-year-old joined the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the third edition of the tournament and since then, he has been a standout performer. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for the franchise and overall the seventh-highest wicket-taker in the tournament's history.
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