Saint Lucia’s Johnson Charles strokes 40 to lead Multan win

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Saint Lucia’s Johnson Charles strokes 40 to lead Multan win
Johnson Charles
Johnson Charles

(SNO) — Saint Lucia and West Indies batsman Johnson Charles extended his recent run of decent form to help Multan Sultans thrash Lahore Qalanders by seven wickets in their final preliminary round match of the Pakistan Super League on Monday.

Chasing 141 at the National Stadium, Sultans reached their target in the 13th over, with the right-handed Charles finishing on 41 not out. He put on 53 for the third wicket with Pakistani left-hander Shan Masood who top-scored with 48 off 25 deliveries with eight fours and a six.

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Charles, who has not played for West Indies in three years, also faced 25 deliveries while striking five fours and a brace of sixes.

The 30-year-old, Saint Lucia’s National 2017 Cricketer of the Year, made 208 runs from just seven innings during his PSL stint, including two 40’s and two 50’s, for an average of 34.66, the second highest on his team.

Sent in earlier, Lahore managed only 140 for eight off their 20 overs, with opener Fakhar Zaman stroking 53 off 36 deliveries.

Sultans finished fifth and Qalanders, last, to both miss out on the playoffs in the six-team competition.

In the other match of the doubleheader, Daren Sammy’s Peshewar Zalmi brushed aside Karachi Kings by 61 runs, to claim their seventh win and finish on top of the standings with 14 points.

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