23 Feb Multan Sultans edge defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in HBL PSL opener
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Asghar , Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz ,Ibtisam Shiekh, Chris Jordan.
Multan Sultans: Shoaib Malik (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Kieron Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, Saif Badar, Hardus Viljoen, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan.
Toss: Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to bowl.
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Multan Sultans won the toss in the opening match of HBL PSL 3 and without any hesitation, chose to bowl first on a naturally flat wicket in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sohail Tanvir opened the bowling with Mohammad Irfan against Peshawar Zalmi’s opening partnership of Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal. With a slow start to the innings, Peshawar Zalmi lost two early wickets of Kamran Akmal scoring nil on 4 deliveries and Tamim Iqbal scoring 11 on 11 balls, courtesy of Mohammad Irfan.
In came Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez with former Barbadian international cricketer, Dwayne Smith. Both players proceeded to play shots with ease and placed a little stability in the match with crossing 50 runs in 8.5 overs. Dwayne Smith was then removed with a smart catch by Pollard at long on.
Sixes and fours were hit with regularity by Hafeez and Haris Sohail and by the time 15th over arrived, Peshawar Zalmi were 100/3 with a healthy run rate of 6.66. In the 16th over, Sohail Tanvir took his first wicket of the match dismissing Haris Sohail who scored 14 runs facing 15 balls.
Zalmi skipper, Darren Sammy joined Mohammad Hafeez, who completed his half century on 48 balls in the 18th over. Sammy started his innings in a very aggressive style hitting two huge sixes and a four on just 5 deliveries but the partnership didn’t last for long as Mohammed Hafeez got caught by Sohail Tanvir on Viljoen’s delivery. The batting side managed to score 23 runs in the last two overs hitting 1 six and 3 fours with the skipper, Darren Sammy thumping 29 runs on just 11 balls.
Despite a very slow start, Peshawar Zalmi ended up with a decent total, leaving Multan Sultans to chase 152 to win the game.
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (Kamran Akmal, 1.5 over)
2-22 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.3 over)
3-57 (Dwayne Smith, 9.5 over)
4-101 (Haris Sohail, 15.4 over)
5-132 (Mohammad Hafeez, 18.2 over)
6-150 (Darren Sammy, 19.5 over)
Multan Sultans Innings
The opening partnership of Multan Sultans didn’t stay for long on the crease when on the last ball of the second over, Ahmed Shehzad got caught on Wahab Riaz’s delivery as he tried to work it behind square but the ball flew off the edge of the bat to Hammad Azam in the deep. Sohaib Maqsood joined Sangakkara and they both maintained a steady partnership with Maqsood playing in an aggressive way and Sangakkara in a very calm manner scoring 28 in the first 5 overs.
The partnership led the total to 50 runs in 7.2 overs with a run rate of 6.75. Maqsood’s show ended in the 9th over. He was trying to hit every single delivery, ended up slicing to long-off. The captain, Shoaib Malik approached the pitch and as expected, started his innings in a very sensible fashion.
Multan Sultans looked in control at 68/2 in the 10th over. Both the players easily handled the pressure with their experience. Sangakkara completed his half century off just 37 balls and the partnership steered the total to 103 runs with the loss of 2 wickets. There was a twist on the second last ball of 15th over, Wahab Riaz returned and gave Sammy the key wicket. It was a length ball outside off and Sangakkara didn’t lean into the cover drive. A slight edge and an easy catch for Kamran Akmal. In came Kieron Pollard and he provided Multan Sultans exactly what they desired.
They needed 6 runs on the last 6 balls. The match ended with Malik hitting a six on the first ball of the last over and Multan Sultans winning by 7 wickets.
Fall of Wickets:
1-7 (Ahmed Shehzad, 1.5 over)
2-54 (Sohaib Maqsood, 8.1 over)
3-106 (Kumar Sangakkara, 14.5 over)