24 Feb Peshawar Zalmi strike back to bamboozle Islamabad United
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Asghar , Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz ,Ibtisam Shiekh, Chris Jordan.
Islamabad United: Rumman Raees (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Sami Patel, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami.
Toss: Islamabad United won the toss and chose to bowl.
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Only one change in Peshawar Zalmi side from the last match, Umaid Asif in for Hammad Azam. Islamabad United skipper, Misbah ul Haq, missed the match due to hamstring injury and Rumman Raees led the team in his absence. Mohammad Sami opened the bowling against Tamin Iqbal on the strike conceding one boundary in the first over. On the other end, Kamran Akmal encountered Islamabad United’s skipper, Rumman Raees.
Zalmi’s opening partnership started the innings fiercely. Kamran Akmal struck 53 off 32 balls (7 fours, 3 sixes) to provide a strong foundation for Peshawar Zalmi. His innings came to end in the 8th over off Patel’s delivery, caught at the sweeper cover boundary. But that didn’t halt Zalmi’s aggressive run rate. They maintained a healthy run rate of 9.5 by the 12th over.
Peshawar Zalmi stumbled a little after the strategic timeout (12th over), lost three crucial wickets in a quick succession, skipper Darren Sammy faced early departure. Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan gave perfect support to the bowling side. Andre Russell was quite expensive with the economy of 12.33 run per over.
In the last 5 overs, Mohammad Hafeez assisted the batting lineup leaving a healthy target of 177 for Islamabad United to chase.
Fall of Wickets:
1-69 (Kamran Akmal, 7.3 over)
2-121 (Tamim Iqbal, 12.6 over)
3-125 (Dwayne Smith, 13.5 over)
4-136 (Darren Sammy, 15.2 over)
5-164 (Haris Sohail, 18.4 over)
6-176 (Wahab Riaz, 19.6 over)
Islamabad United Innings
Islamabad United got off to a very trembling start to the innings as Umaid Asif struck 4 wickets in his first two overs. Samit Patel and Iftikhar Ahmed anchored the innings later for Islamabad United but the run rate went very lower than the required one.
Iftikhar Ahmed’s stuttering innings ended on a bouncer, on middle and leg, with plenty of pace by Chris Jordan. The ball took the leading edge and lobed to midwicket.
Islamabad looked big in trouble when their sixth wicket, Shadab Khan got out, beautifully c&b by Ibtisam Sheikh on the total of just 50 runs. By the time 11th over arrived, Islamabad United were 64/7. Umaid Asif took 4 wickets in 4 overs with an economy of 5.75 runs per over. Certainly not a bad way to start his career with Peshawar Zalmi.
Samit Patel got dismissed in the 13th over. He hit the ball over cover, the ball took the leading edge and lobed to cover. Sammy began the celebratory smiles before the catch was taken.
The top scorer of the innings for Islamabad United, Faheem Ashraf, scored the half century and gave his best to keep the match alive but it was not enough to achieve the target on his own.
Umaid Asif and Ibtisam Sheikh’s heroic bowling steered Peshawar Zalmi towards victory. They witnessed quite a comfortable win of 34 runs over Islamabad United in their 2nd match of HBL PSL season 3.
Fall of Wickets:
1-15 (Chadwick Walton, 1.2 over)
2-16 (Luke Ronchi, 1.5 over)
3-22 (Asif Ali, 3.2 over)
4-25 (Hussain Talat, 3.6 over)
5-46 (Iftikhar Ahmed, 7.6 over)
6-50 (Shadab Khan, 8.6 over)
7-63 (Andre Russell, 10.3 over)
8-73 (Samit Patel, 12.4 over)
9-111 (Mohammad Sami, 16.5 over)