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Lahore Qalandars’ captain Shaheen Afridi joined an elusive list of bowlers with 100 wickets in the history of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Shaheen Afridi became only the third bowler to claim 100 wickets during the PSL 9 match against Islamabad United in Rawalpindi yesterday.

He bowled fellow Pakistani pacer Naseem Shah to reach the historic landmark.

Notably, Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz was the first player to breach the 100-wicket mark in PSL history.

He is currently the highest wicket-taker in the league’s history with 113 wickets.

Meanwhile, Karachi Kings’ pace bowler Hasan Ali became the second bowler to claim 100 wickets during the ongoing PSL 9.

The right-handed pacer achieved the historic feat when he dismissed Alex Hales during his side’s clash against Islamabad United last week.

Ali is closing on the record for the most wickets in PSL history as he needs only seven wickets to surpass Riaz’s record.

Meanwhile, Afridi-led Lahore Qalandars claimed their first victory in the PSL 9 yesterday by defeating Islamabad United by 17 runs.

Zaman Khan’s four-wicket haul after Rassie van der Dussen’s gutsy half-century helped the defending champions end their winless streak in this season.

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Van der Dussen remained the top-scorer for the Qalandars with 64 off 44 deliveries, featuring four boundaries and as many sixes.

Later, David Wiese bolstered Lahore Qalandars’ total to 162 with an unbeaten 24-run cameo. His 11-ball knock featured three boundaries.

In response, Islamabad United’s batting unit unfolded on 145 in 18.5 overs despite Faheem Ashraf’s unbeaten 41.

The home side had a disastrous start to the run chase as they lost six wickets inside seven overs with just 38 runs on the board.

Following the slump, Azam Khan partnered briefly with Faheem Ashraf for an anchoring 35-run partnership which lasted with the former’s departure in the 11th over.

Faheem then put together an important partnership with Naseem Shah when the duo added 42 runs for the eighth wicket.

Naseem scored a brisk 27 off 16 deliveries before falling victim to Afridi in the 16th over.

But Faheem kept the scoreboard ticking and brought United in touching distance to a thrilling victory when they needed 18 off eight deliveries.

However, Zaman Khan trapped Rumman Raees lbw with a ferocious yorker and United, as a result, bundled out on 145 in response to Qalandars’ 162.

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