To all Lahoris out there, if you plan to read next, chances are you might pass out before the article finishes.
Anyway, Pakistan Super League’s second installment has been a spectacular show of entertainment so far. It has brought our emotions altogether and provided us one of the best cricket matches we could ever see!
Imagine all those people who predicted PSL would be a lackluster, boring and would ultimately fail to enthrall the audience. Arguably, its popularity and standards have skyrocketed and my word, what an exciting piece of entertainment we get to watch on almost a daily basis.
Prior to the result of last night’s match between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars’ fate was hung on a cliffhanger. Not just Lahore, but Karachi were also depended on last night’s result.
Ahead of the nail-biting clash between the two giants, rain disturbed the whole scene. It became the maddening factor that depleted the hopes of Lahoris. If the match had been called off due to rain, both, Kings and United would have been awarded a point, meaning qualification of Kings into the next round and an imminent elimination for Lahore Qalandars.
But the rain had stopped. The match was indeed delayed 1.5 hours and was reduced to only 15 overs. Fair enough, both the teams had to contest with the given match conditions.
The match finally commenced exactly at 10.30pm (PST) and we were underway a contest that gripped Lahore Qalandars in all possibilities of keeping hope.
Started with Karachi in bowling, they managed to put a cutthroat showdown with their bowling. Yet, Islamabad managed to curb the chances of boundaries. They indeed managed to put through a good score given the reduction of overs and pitch conditions. Karachi ultimately bowled all balls and at the same time, dismissed major batsmen.
Followed by, it was time for Kings to show what they got. Hope and possibility of Lahore still qualifying dangled along…
But then CHRIS GAYLE HAPPENED!
Oh, mighty Gayle… The match consisted of 5 sixes, all courtesy of Christopher Henry Gayle.
In case you missed the Gayle storm, here are the sixes he struck last night in Dubai:
— Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) February 26, 2017
As Chris Gayle began his formidable innings of 41 runs off 17 balls, here are some Lahoris with their best reactions…
KP fails every match, fires against Lahore
So does Pollard
Gayle did shit but knocked Lahore out.
Kya problem hai sab ko Lahore se yaar?
— Rana Talha Asfar (@RTAluvzAfridi) February 26, 2017
Afridi playing the winning shot
Gayle hitting a hat-trick of 6s
— Moochar (@AsliBinLaden) February 26, 2017
From Gayle ???? pic.twitter.com/W3miNoPlfl
— Mehfooz (@ChalNikalOye) February 26, 2017
GAYLE DID NOT DO ANYTHING ONLY TO COME BACK IN THE TOURNAMENT TO KICK LAHORE OUT HAHAHAHA
— Shabbir Kazmi (@HaayeShabbir) February 26, 2017
— Syed Hussain M Rizvi (@110HussainRizvi) February 26, 2017
As Chris Gayle scored 3 consecutive sixes to Saeed Ajmal’s bowls, hopes of Lahoris took a nose-dive.
He was dismissed shortly but my word, he did 90% of the job for Karachi Kings.
— Shahroz Qureshi (@AisaBiHotaHy) February 26, 2017
Karachi had to chase a target of 124 runs. They needed 111 or more runs to qualify for the next round, eliminating Lahore Qalandars, shattering the spirits of Lahoris.
As Kieron Pollard and Ravi Bopara joined, they took the match gradually, making every delivery count with singles. They reached a margin that was safe enough to score a couple boundaries after and finish it up.
And why not, Pollard, who has been the prodigy for Karachi Kings in PSL 2017, sealed the victory in style.
Karachiites simply love Kieron Pollard for everything he has done for them. From scoring 2 sixes off 2 balls in LQvKK to taking 4 important catches and scoring the winning streak for Kings during KKvIU
KIERON OF THE HOUSE POLLARD. LORD OF LONG ON. PROTECTOR OF THE BOUNDARY. CATCHER OF THE BALL.
— nma. (@namaloomafraaad) February 26, 2017
— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) February 25, 2017
thats karachi kings for you. 80% of psl’s entertainment.
— saad. (@chimgadar) February 26, 2017
As for Lahore, they bit the dust…
— Zawwar Ali Saeed (@Zawwar07) February 27, 2017
Good morning to everyone except lahore qalandars cause they be ticket katao line banao on their way home.
— Fariha Awan (@Fay_Alif) February 27, 2017
Very generous of Lahore Qalandars team to come home early & monitor the security situation,when Karachi Kings go to Ghaddafi to play final.
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) February 27, 2017
Truly outstanding men from all different walks of life. Thank you @lahoreqalandars men & connections. Till we meet again my brothers. baz
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) February 27, 2017
— M (@AngryPakistan) February 26, 2017
Lastly, watch Chris Gayle saying #IOwnKarachi to make your day
— Sikandar Bakht (@ImSikandarB) February 27, 2017
PSL resumes on Tuesday, we have Peshawar Zalmi to face Quetta Gladiators in the first playoff. Followed by, Islamabad United versus Karachi Kings once again!