10 Mar Islamabad United humble Peshawar Zalmi in high scoring encounter
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Liam Dawson, Mohammad Hafeez, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Ibtisam Sheikh, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Khushdil Shah.
Islamabad United: Misbah ul Haq (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Zafar Gohar, JP Duminy, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Steven Finn, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami.
Toss: Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and opted to bowl.
Islamabad United Innings
Three changes in Peshawar Zalmi’s side. Sammy, Ibtisam, Khushdil replaced Wessels, Sameen, Hammad. Darren Sammy finally made his way back in the starting lineup after missing two matches due to hamstring injury he picked up against Quetta Gladiators. United’s perilous opening partnership of Ronchi and Duminy got off to a raging start. Star bowler, Hasan Ali looked in trouble after bowling his two overs. Looked like he twisted his ankle running after the ball and went off field for medical treatment. After hitting three consecutive fours, Luke Ronchi backed away to cut but ended up getting a thick outside edge that flew straight to the third man. Ronchi’s enterprising innings came to an end. Wahab massaged his moustache as a mark of celebration. Skipper Sammy surely looked relieved after dismissal of Ronchi who has been in supreme form.
After the end of first powerplay, Islamabad United stood 41-1. Hussain brought aggression and steered the run rate to approximately 8 runs per over. After sharing a healthy partnership of 61 runs, United lost their second wicket. Hussain Talat got clean bowled off Wahab’s reckless delivery. JP Duminy completed his brilliant fifty with hitting a maximum.
It was a horror show for Zalmi afterwards. There was a time during the match when United managed to score 44 runs in less than 3 overs. A rather poor display of bowling from Zalmi’s side, the only lively performance was Wahab Riaz’s spell who gave his utmost to put a break on United’s run rate and also managed to take three crucial wickets. But the master class from JP Duminy and Asif Ali proceeded the total to 182 runs, second highest total of this season’s HBL PSL. Misbah ul Haq’s men scored 81 runs off last 37 balls.
Fall of Wickets:
1-39 (Luke Ronchi, 4.5 over)
2-100 (Hussain Talat, 12.6 over)
3-100 (Shadab Khan, 13.2 over)
4-171 (Asif Ali, 18.6 over)
5-182 (Faheem Ashraf, 19.6 over)
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher came at the crease, Kamran on strike. Mohammad Sami opened the bowling attack. Both the openers provided a decent start scoring 32 runs in 4 overs but in came orthodox spin bowler, Samit Patel, who dismissed the man in form, Kamran Akmal.
Zalmi stood way below the required run rate after the end of first powerplay. In search for a massive, Fletcher dared to slog against the turn but got the outside of the bat, easily caught at mid-off. Samit Patel came haunting as he took two back to back wickets, terminating Fletcher and Smith. Peshawar had every reason to be worried. They needed 128 runs off 70 balls with 7 wickets in hand.
Failed to find a little stability on the crease, Zalmi lost two more wickets in a quick span of time. Skipper Darren Sammy joined Mohammad Hafeez in the 12th over and he was Zalmi’s last hope to keep the match alive. But all the expectations were vanished when Sammy got clean bowled on his second ball, a dream ball by Zafar Gohar. The match was lost at that moment. Islamabad United’s spinners saved the day as Zalmi’s eight wickets fell to spinners. A marvelous performance by the debutant, Zafar Gohar, who bowled beautifully and managed to take three wickets.
After tonight’s win, Islamabad tops the table with 10 points and Peshawar stays fifth, with three wins and four losses.
Fall of Wickets:
1-32 (Kamran Akmal, 4.1 over)
2-53 (Andre Fletcher, 7.1 over)
3-53 (Dwayne Smith, 7.2 over)
4-75 (Khushdil Shah, 10.5 over)
5-76 (Liam Dawson, 11.3 over)
6-76 (Darren Sammy, 11.5 over)
7-91 (Hasan Ali, 12.6 over)
8-92 (Mohammad Hafeez, 13.3 over)
9-147 (Umaid Asif, 19.2 over)