KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi went on a sixes galore to manage a spectacular run chase that condemned Quetta Gladiators to a third straight defeat in the HBL Pakistan Super Organization 6 clash at the National Arena on Friday evening.
Peshawar Zalmi, that were relatively behind a challenging price till the 48th over, burst into opinion thanks to cameos from Sherfane Rutherford and also captain Wahab Riaz, that blew up 48 in only 20 spheres, to chalk up their 2nd victory in three video games. The outcome left Quetta devastated with three beats in as numerous suits.
Rutherford bludgeoned 36 off 18 spheres, studded with 4 sixes and also a four. The West Indian left-hander transformed the game upside down with Wahab (20 off eight balls, 2 sixes and also one four). Both hammered 3 sixes in the penultimate over bowled by South African pace ace Dale Steyn, who opted for 21 runs after taking 3-23 in his first 3 overs.
Peshawar Zalmi outscored in a six-hitting rampage as they ransacked as lots of as 12 to Quetta’s meagre four. Their other heroes in the chase of 202-7 in 19.3 overs– the initial 200-plus total in this event– were Imam-ul-Haq (41 off 30 rounds, four fours and one six), man-of-the-match Haider Ali (50 off 29, 5 fours and also two 6s) and Shoaib Malik (34 off 20, three 6s and one four).
Earlier, Quetta Gladiators rode on a thrilling fourth-wicket collaboration of 105 off just 52 rounds by Sarfaraz and Azam Khan to upload the greatest complete batting initially as the 2019 champions collected 198-7 in spite of a late cluster of arches in the final over after being asked to bat by Wahab at the throw.
Sarfaraz, that registered his fourth half-century in PSL and also the 12th total in T20 cricket, revealed common sense with a brilliant range of strokes to top score with 81. The captain’s 40-ball payment was tied with 12 limits as well as one 6.
Azam, understood for his power-packed shots, really did not hang back his captain and thrashed 6 fours and also two 6s– among which conveniently removed the cover roofing system– in making 47 off 26 deliveries.
Faf du Plessis– a partial substitute for Chris Gayle who has flown back for West Indies’ home series against Sri Lanka early next month– was amongst the runs. The previous South African captain struck a 26-ball 37 (four fours as well as one six).
Quetta got on training course to ending up being the first string to get rid of the 200-run mark, but England seamer Saqib Mahmood put a spanner in the works by ordering 3 arches in the last over.
Actually, Quetta lost four wickets for three runs in 7 balls given that Wahab Riaz had actually disregarded Sarfaraz on the last ball of his stubborn spell (2-54).
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Saim Ayub run out 21
C.S. Delport c Imam b Imran 2
F. du Plessis c Mujeeb b Wahab 37
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Malik b Wahab 81
Azam Khan c K-Cadmore b Saqib 47
B.C.J. Cutting b Saqib 0
M. Nawaz c K-Cadmore b Saqib 2
D.W. Steyn not out 0
Zahid Mahmood not out 0
EXTRAS: (B-2, W-5, NB-1) 8
TOTAL: (for seven wkts, 20 overs) 198
FALL OF WKTS: 1-15 (Delport), 2-48 (Saim), 3-88 (du Plessis), 4-193 (Sarfaraz), 5-193 (Azam), 6-193 (Cutting), 7-196 (Nawaz).
DID NOT BAT: Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain.
BOWLING: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-44-0 (1w); Mohammad Irfan 4-0-39-0 (1w); Mohammad Imran 4-0-25-1; Saqib Mahmood 4-0-34-3 (1w); Wahab Riaz 4-0-54-2 (1nb, 2w).
Imam-ul-Haq b Zahid 41
Kamran Akmal Cutting b Usman 3
T. Kohler-Cadmore Delport b Steyn 4
Haider Ali c du Plessis b Steyn 50
Shoaib Malik lbw b Cutting 34
S. Rutherford not out 36
Wahab Riaz b Hasnain 20
Saqib Mahmood run out 0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman not out 0
EXTRAS: (B-4, LB-1, W-7, NB-2) 14
TOTAL: (for seven wkts, 19.3 overs) 202
FALL OF WKTS: 1-13 (Kamran), 2-27 (Kohler-Cadmore), 3-79 (Imam), 4-131 (Haider), 5-145 (Malik), 6-193 (Wahab), 7-193 (Saqib).
DID NOT BAT: M. Imran, M. Irfan.
BOWLING: Steyn 4-0-44-2 (1nb, 2w); Mohammad Hasnain 3.3-0-40-0 (1nb, 2w); Usman Khan Shinwari 4-0-49-1; Mohammad Nawaz 2-0-13-0; Zahid Mahmood 4-0-32-1 (2w); Cutting 2-0-23-1.
RESULT: Peshawar Zalmi won by three wickets.
UMPIRES: Asif Yaqoob (Pakistan) and R.K. Illingworth (England).
TV UMPIRE: Rashid Riaz (Pakistan).
MATCH REFEREE: Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi).