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With career best figures, Sandeep hints his IPL will not begin from dug out anymore

Feb 27, 2019 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Sandeep Lamichhane kept getting better in his nomadic cricketing journey as the Nepali leggie picked up his best bowling figures in Twenty20s orchestrating Lahore Qalandars victory in the Pakistani Super League in Dubai on Wednesday.

Leaving behind his best bowling figures of 3-11 which he had produced against Sydney Sixers in the Australian Big Bash League semi-final, Sandeep took up 4-10 in his magical 10 overs that shaped a crucial victory for Qalandars against table toppers Quetta Gladiators.

Gladiators were going strong at 33-0 in three overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before Sandeep joined in the attack to wipe out their top order in his continuous four over spell. He began with the wicket of Australian opener Shane Watson, who was trapped leg before, and picked up two more wickets in the second which was team's sixth.

From a strong position, Gladiators caved in to 53-5 before a 37-run partnership between skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (29) and Mohammad Nawaz (12) took them to 105 all out in 19.1 overs. A solid 74-run unbroken partnership between skipper AB de Villiers (47 not out off 38) and Haris Sohail (33 not out off 42) helped Qalandars scamper to victory in just 16.3 overs for an eight-wicket victory.

Sandeep's burst of the leg spin bowling has lifted Qalandars to fourth and the bowler has now continued to prove himself how lethal he can be for the opponents. In a spell where he didn't conceded a single boundary, Qalandars batsmen struggled to score runs against him throughout the innings.

He conceded just three runs in the first over, two runs in the second where he removed dangerous Rilee Rossouw and Umark Akmal bamboozling the Pakistani batsman with an almost unplayable googly. He gave away just three runs in the third over taking the wicket of Danish Aziz and leaked two in the final over.

Into his sixth professional Twenty20 league across the world, Sandeep's mouth-watering figures of 4-10 is so far the best bowling performance in the current season of the Pakistani franchise cricket tournament. With global franchise cricket's biggest toast Indian Premier League looming, Sandeep has proved a point that this season for him in India is not going to begin from the dugout for the leggie.

Sandeep has so far taken eight wickets out of three matches in the PSL that began with an impressive 3-46 against Multan Sultans in a match where over 400 runs were scored and Qalandars were the ultimate winners. Having already made a big impact in the BBL with 11 wickets, Sandeep is now in the verge of bettering that performance in the PSL.

He will also be a key player to watch when Qalandars take on Karachi Kings on Thursday. Qalandars coach Aqib Javed had said his team would count the most on two major foreign recruits De Villiers and Sandeep for this season. Both De Villiers and Sandeep had fared according to Javed's expectation so far. It would be important for both the big names of franchise cricket to continued their performance in Qalandars' progress in the PSL.


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