Lahore Qalandars registered their first win of the Pakistan Super League after defending a modest 138 against Karachi Kings.
Pace duo Rahat Ali and Haris Rauf shared seven wickets between them to power the Qalandars to victory. Rauf’s fast Yorkers were unplayable and he ultimately walked away with four wickets, completely dismantling Karachi’s middle-order.
An emotional Rauf – who clocked 148kph during his four-wicket burst – was visibly in tears after his stunning performance earned Lahore and him two points and a player of the match award.
The Rawalpindi-born star registered bowling figures of 4/23 in one of the most memorable innings of his career.
“It’s like a dream come true for me,” Haris told Geo after receiving the Player of the Match accolade for his fairytale display.“I had never played proper cricket before appearing in the trials for Qalandars, it was the first time I bowled with the hard ball,” he said.
The pacer also spoke about how Lahore’s player development programme helped him develop.
“I always thought that these trials are just to accommodate players who have connections but Lahore Qalandars’ player development programme is different and it indeed gives players a chance to show off their talent,” he said.
Although he consistency bowls at a pace of over 140k/h, Rauf wants to deliver the fastest ball in PSL.
“I want to deliver the fastest ball in PSL, and Insha’Allah I will do that in this tournament,” he added.