02 Mar Peshawar Zalmi oust Quetta Gladiators after late Daren Sammy blitz
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Dwayne Smith, Khalid Usman, Shabbir Rehman, Mohammad Asghar , Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz ,Sameen Gul.
Quetta Gladiator: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk),Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Hassan Khan, Asad Shafiq, John Hastings, Rahat Ali.
Toss: Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and opted to bowl.
Quetta Gladiators Innings
Asad Shafiq and Shane Watson came at the crease, Shafiq on strike. Sameen Gul opened the bowling attack. Sameen got a wicket two overs into his first game at the HBL PSL. Shafiq slogged across the line, had no timing on the shot, it came off the inside half of the bottom of the bat and forced Sabbir to dive forward and take an outstanding catch. The third umpire did come into play to make sure the catch was clean. Quetta got off to a decent start with the total of 31 runs with the loss of one wicket after the first powerplay.
Umar Amin and Shane Watson shared a partnership of 50 runs until the end of 9th over when Zalmi took their second wicket dismissing Umar Amin. Despite a nervous start to his innings, Shane Watson found comfort on the crease and displayed his typical classy innings scoring 47 on 32 balls with 5 sixes and a four.
By the time 13th over arrived, Quetta Gladiators stood 90-4. Peshawar Zalmi skipper, Darren Sammy fell on the floor as he pulled his hamstring. He couldn’t carry on so left the field for medical treatment.
Wahab Riaz, with his pace, managed to put a break on Quetta’s run rate in last 3 overs, also clean bowled their skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed. Quetta Gladiators desperately looked for some runs in the last death overs but both fast bowlers, Wahab & Umaid restricted the total to 141 runs.
Fall of Wickets:
1-10 (Asad Shafiq, 2.5 over)
2-60 (Umar Amin, 8.5 over)
3-67 (Shane Watson, 9.4 over)
4-83 (Kevin Pietersen, 12.1 over)
5-125 (RR Rossouw, 16.3 over)
6-130 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 17.3 over)
7-132 (Mohammad Nawaz, 18.1 over)
8-135 (Anwar Ali, 19.1 over)
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
The opening partnership of Zalmi failed to provide much for the team as on the first ball of 4th over, Kamran Akmal got dismissed off Watson’s delivery. In came Dwayne Smith who hammered five boundaries off just 14 balls but got totally deceived by Nawaz’s master delivery and got out scoring only 23 runs. The partnership of Hafeez and Tamim took the match in their hands. Both of them looked relaxed playing easy shots and a few boundaries. There was a chance to break the partnership when Hafeez was dropped behind the wickets by Sarfraz Ahmed.
Peshawar Zalmi were 76-2 by the 10th over. At that moment they needed 66 runs off 60 deliveries. There were moments during the match when Zalmi looked under stress but their batsmen kept on releasing pressure by scoring boundaries. Tamin and Hafeez made a partnership of 54 runs but when 35 runs were required off last 5 overs, their partnership was broken.
Zalmi were going along well but a twist in the plot occurred in the last couple of overs as they lost three wickets in a quick succession. The match turned very quickly when they needed 16 off the last 7 balls. In came the skipper Sammy, who was injured while bowling, still dragged himself out to the crease. He smashed two sixes off his first two balls, before a straight drive in the final over saw Peshawar Zalmi clinch victory with two balls to spare. The man of the match, Darren Sammy heroically hammered 16 off only 4 balls and drove his side to a victory.
Quetta and Peshawar each have two wins in four after today’s gasping finish, and sit third and fourth on the table respectively, separated only by net run-rate.
Fall of Wickets:
1-23 (Kamran Akmal, 3.1 over)
2-53 (Dwayne Smith, 6.3 over)
3-107 (Mohammad Hafeez, 15.2 over)
4-112 (Tamim Iqbal, 16.3 over)
5-125 (Sabbir Rahman, 18.3 over)