21 Mar Peshawar Zalmi eliminate Quetta Gladiators in last ball thriller
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Tamim Iqbal, Saad Nasim, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul
Quetta Gladiator: Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Asad Shafiq, Mahmudullah, Rilee Rossouw, Thisara Perera, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Rahat Ali, Mir Hamza
Toss: Quetta Gladiators won the toss and opted to bowl.
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Two changes in Zalmi’s squad from the last win against Lahore Qalandars. Tamim returned after the international duty replaced Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher named in the starting XI for Wessels. Peshawar travelled to Pakistan with a close-to-full-strength squad, with Dwayne Smith the only overseas player not making the trip. Quetta shuffled their squad around. With Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy and Shane Watson not travelling, they signed up Yorkshire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore and West Indies batsman Johnson Charles. They also had Mahmudullah and Thisara Perera in their squad. A chilly evening in Lahore, drizzled before the match but it certainly didn’t stop Lahoris from attending the match. We witnessed a full-house as expected before the match. The covers were off and the opening pair, Tamim & Kamran came to the crease facing Mohammad Nawaz. Just 4 balls into the game, the rain started again and match got delayed. The match restarted after half an hour when the sky got clear. Peshawar Zalmi didn’t get off to the start they anticipated, lost the big man, Kamran Akmal, on duck in the 2nd over followed by Fletcher who managed to score only one run. After the end of the powerplay, Zalmi were 44/2.
After sharing a partnership of 44 runs, Hafeez got clean bowled by the Bangladeshi star, Mahmudullah. It was not looking good for the batting side as they lost two more wickets in a quick succession including Tamim Iqbal and Saad Nasim. Dawson stood up and controlled the match. His 62 off 35 balls was exactly the boost an innings struggling at 86 for 5 needed.
Peshawar Zalmi succeeded to provide a target of 158 runs for Quetta Gladiators to chase, all thanks to Liam Dawson as no other player from the batting side managed to get past the 27-run mark.
Fall of Wickets:
1-9 (Kamran Akmal, 1.3 over)
2-10 (Andre Fletcher, 2.2 over)
3-54 (Mohammad Hafeez, 7.3 over)
4-58 (Tamim Iqbal, 8.4 over)
5-86 (Saad Nasim, 12.4 over)
6-112 (Umaid Asif, 15.2 over)
7-137 (Darren Sammy, 17.3 over)
8-137 (Liam Dawson, 17.5 over)
9-156 (Wahab Riaz, 19.4 over)
10-157 (Hasan Ali, 19.6 ov)
Quetta Gladiators Innings
On his PSL debut, Tom Kohler-Cadmore opened the innings with Asad Shafiq on strike. On the first ball of the innings the golden boy, Hasan Ali, dismissed Shafiq. Good length delivery, edged and taken comfortably by the skipper Darren Sammy at first slip. Just as that, Gladiators lost another early wicket of Kohler-Cadmore in the 3rd over. At the end of the powerplay, Quetta stood 49/2.
Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz put on a partnership of 63 off only 45 balls. Both of them played exquisite shots and steered the total up to 80 runs. They had been in harmony all night but moments after a long chat in the middle of the pitch between the pair, both of them lost their wickets in a space of two balls. It was that over by the 19-year old Sameen Gul which gave Peshawar team the momentum they desired to seal the game.
The required run rate rose up and Gladiators started to lose wickets, courtesy of the pace bowlers in the Zalmi side. Hassan Ali, who bowled the 18th over with conceding only two runs, brilliantly outsmarted Thisara Perrera and Anwar Ali with slow balls and pacey bouncers.
With 24 to defend off the last over, the result looked straightforward but it was not meant to be that way. Liam Dawson, the left-arm spinner, was given the last over, with all the other front liners having bowled out, facing Anwar Ali on strike. A four on the first ball followed by three massive sixes had the defending champions scrambling. Quetta needed only three runs off the last ball. The last ball ended up as a full toss which Anwar struck straight to long-on, dropped by Umaid Asif but somehow ended in joy for Peshawar as the fielder recovered in time to instigate a run-out.
Peshawar Zalmi will now face Karachi Kings tomorrow for the 2nd eliminator.
Fall of Wickets:
1-0 (Asad Shafiq, 0.1 over)
2-17 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore, 2.1 over)
3-80 (Mohammad Nawaz, 9.4 over)
4-80 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 9.5 over)
5-116 (Mahmudullah, 15.2 over)
6-117 (Rilee Rossouw, 15.4 over)
7-132 (Thisara Perera, 18.3 over)
8-133 (Hasan Khan, 18.5 over)
9-156 (Mir Hamza, 19.6 over)