Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi met in Match 15 of the Pakistan Super League at Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. Shaheen Afridi, the captain of the Qalandars, won the toss and chose to bat first. However, his team got off to a bad start when opener Mirza Tahir Baig was bowled out by Wahab Riaz in the second over after scoring only five runs.
His dismissal brought Abdullah Shafique to the crease, where he put on a batting clinic with Fakhar Zaman, ripping through the Zalmi bowling attack with a massive partnership of 120 runs off 69 balls. The partnership, however, came to an end when Riaz took his second wicket, dismissing Shafique for 75 off 41 balls.
Sam Billings came in at No. 4 and immediately got into the act, putting on an 88-run stand with Zaman off just 30 balls, as both unleashed their beast mode on Zalmi bowlers. Zaman was dismissed by Rovman Powell on 96 off 45 balls, just four runs short of his century. In his innings, he hit three fours and ten sixes. The Qalandars posted a massive 241/3 in their 20 overs.
The franchise owners have now presented Fakhar Zaman with an iPhone 14 and a plot in recognition of his outstanding 96-run innings against Peshawar Zalmi. Fans have been brutally trolling the opener and the team owner for this.
“What a joke for Pakistani… Gifting iPhone 14 to an international player has also become a big deal there, you can guess what is the condition of Pakistan, whereas here our college students also have iPhone 14,” a user wrote.
Shaheen Afridi’s 5-wicket haul seals the game
As for the game, Zalmi got off to a bad start while chasing, losing openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Haris within the first three overs. However, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Saim Ayyub added 91 runs for the third wicket in just 44 balls.
No other batter could keep up with the required run rate after their dismissals. As a result, they finished their innings on 201/9, handing the Qalandars a 40-run victory. Shaheen Afridi was the standout bowler, taking five wickets for 40 runs in four overs.
Here is how Twitter trolled Fakhar Zaman
आटा किसको मिला?
— VIRAT Kohli FC (@Rc18forever) February 27, 2023
They do things like these and then ask why these players first play for themselves and then think about the team… PoTM awards are just enough.
— Neeraj Sahu (@NRJtheBoss) February 27, 2023
Humare Yahan Ke Chapri Ke Paas iPhone Hai.
— Manish Agarwal (@mannagarwal720) February 27, 2023
instead should have given 10 Kg Wheat and 10 liter petrol for man of the match.
— Jay2020 (@jayesh2020) February 27, 2023
Was it iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max. Can you confirm please? 😜
— Arnomic (@ArnologicB3ats) February 27, 2023
Oh bhayee kiun itnay over hojatay hain yeh log. MS k against match k baad bhe Fakhar or zaman khan ko aise he plot or iPhones milay thay. Us k baad KK k against saray k saray lait gayay thay 🤦🏻♀️
Thora halka haath rukhain. Itnay chotay na hon baat baat pe
— Aana Asim (@AsimAana) February 27, 2023
Roti do unko
— Mr.A (@Abhishek___A) February 27, 2023
Thats just gully level compensation man! Why is Pakistan so bent on ruining its reputation?
— Ajeet Singh (@ajtweetshere) February 27, 2023
iPhone 14! With that national economy, the board can afford a Cricket League, an iPhone 14, a Cash Prize where most of the country is starving! Wa re wah!!!
— Srinivasan Sridharan (@srin_srid0610) February 27, 2023
What a joke for Pakistani… Gifting iPhone 14 to an international player has also become a big deal there, you can guess what is the condition of Pakistan, whereas here our college students also have iPhone 14. 😃😃😃😃
— Harimohan Meena (@Professor_Meena) February 27, 2023