Jason Roy’s 116 helps Quetta chase down 205 against Lahore with three balls to spare

Hurricane’s star Jason Roy smashed 116 to help Quetta Gladiators chase down 205 against Lahore Qalandars with three balls to spare

English batter Jason Roy smashed 116 in 57 balls for Quetta Gladiators to chase down 205 against Lahore Qalandars with three balls to spare in match 15 of HBL PSL at the National Stadium Karachi.

Jason Roy came in the Gladiators side with a power-hitting knock of 116 in 57 runs to steer Quetta chase down 205 runs with three balls to spare against Lahore Qalandars in the 15th and last match of Karachi-leg matches at the National Stadium Karachi on Monday.

Roy completed his maiden fifty of the season in 50 from 20 balls, while his second 50 came off 29 balls followed by 11 fours and eight sixes as the Gladiators achieved the 205-target with three balls to spare. This run chase against Qalandars proved to be the second-highest successful run-chase in the history of the tournament.

“I think it was one of my best innings and have an incredibly good feeling. The partnership with James Vince was even better,”

said player of the match Roy.

“It was important that we won this game and take the momentum to Lahore with two wins in five matches. We were always confident and very happy to have won this game with the second-highest run-chase.”

Roy’s 116 was the first century scored by any Quetta Gladiators’ batter ever and 11th overall in the history of the event. Kamran Akmal (three), Sharjeel Khan (two), Colin Ingram, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Delport, Fakhar Zaman, and Chris Lynn are the other batters to reach the three figures in the highly entertaining PSL. This was also the second-fastest 100 after Rilee Rossouw’s 43-ball century.

After Roy left the ground at a total of 167, Quetta Gladiators required 38 runs off 26 balls, which they scored for the additional loss of Iftikhar Ahmed.

After being asked to bat first, Lahore Qalandars put on a solid 204 runs with the loss of five wickets with all the explosive batters contributing for the side.

Fakhar Zaman was the top-runs contributor from the side with a 45-ball 70 followed by three fours and three sixes to take his tally of tournament runs to 356 in five matches with a strike rate of over 173.

Harry Brook’s 17-ball 41 not out included four fours and two sixes proved crucial at the end, while David Wiese struck four and two sixes in a nine-ball 22 as the two batters added 55 runs for the unfinished sixth wicket off 20 balls.

The remaining matches of HBL PSL 2022 will now resume in Lahore on Thursday, 10 February with Multan Sultans taking on Peshawar Zalmi.

Quetta Gladiators 207 for 3 (Roy 116, Vince 49*) beat Lahore Qalandars 204 for 5 (Fakhar 70, Brook 41*) by seven wickets.