UPDATE: Lahore Qalandars got the much needed victory over Peshawar Zalmi in a close finish by just four runs. Cameron Delport proved a star for them in both batting and bowling.

Qalandars were invited to bat first by Shahid Afridi after winning the toss and placed a respectable total of 164 runs on the board despite Chris Gayle bowled out on a duck again. Cameron Delport 78 and Umar Akmal’s 52* helped Qalandars to set up a fighting total.

In reply, Zalmi ‘s kept loosing wickets and lost the match by 4 runs after nail biting finish. Qalanadars looked too impressive when they cam on to bowl and specially in fielding department. David Malan showed a resistance with his 42 runs while Cameron Delport and Keven Cooper took three wicket each.

Delport was awarded man of the match for his all round performance. Qalanadars has kept their hopes alive for this contest with this victory while Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators have already made their way to the play-offs.

Peshawar Zalmi , the top team of PSL T20 2016, will have a showdown with Lahore Qalandars today at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

This is the second match between both sides and Zalmi’s easily won the first one against Qalandars. This might be the last chance for Lahore Qalandars to keep their hopes alive for the contest. At present, they are at bottom of the points table.

The Qalandars will have to perform as a unit with the hunger of winning and aggression that’s missing in their play.

On the other side, Peshawar Zalmi is maintaining their winning streak in convincing fashion and entertaining their fans, so no worries for them, they are heading in the right direction.

Chris Gayle had a start with 30+ runs in the previous match and stayed on wicket for few overs, Qalandars really need his fireworks along with a sense of responsibility from Umar Akmal, because only they can lift up their side from this tough situation against the odds.

Players to Watch: Tamim Iqbal, Umar Akmal, Muhammad Hafeez, Chris Gayle

Live Broadcast: PTV Sports, Ten Sports, Geo SuperOSN (UAE), CSN (Sri Lanka), Prime TV (UK)

Live Streaming: Geo Super, PSL-t20.com, pcb.com.pk, YouTube.com and PTV Sports, For international viewers can watch it on www.cricketgateway.com

Peshawar Zalmi Squad:

Shahid Afridi (c), Wahab Riaz, Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Muhammad Hafeez, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Khan, James Allenby, Aamir Yamin, Dawid Malan, Imran Khan Junior, Shahid Yousaf, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Asghar, Brad Hodge, Israrullah, Taj Wali, Musadiq Ahamd, Hassan Ali

Lahore Qalandars Squad:

Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Muhammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Mustafizur Rehman, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport, Zafar Gohar, Hammad Azam, Zia ul Haq, Zohaib Khan, Azhar Ali (c), Abdur Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmad, Ehsan Adil, Imran Butt, Navid Yasin, Adnan Rasool