KARACHI: Wahab Riaz and Saqib Mahmood shared the bowling honours with 7 arches between them as Peshawar Zalmi finished a six-wicket thrashing of Islamabad United in their HBL Pakistan Super Organization encounter at the National Arena below on Saturday evening.
For the 10th successive game, the side chasing after the target won the match after the two-time previous PSL winners Islamabad United were skittled out for 118 in 17.1 overs– the lowest overall in a completed innings, which came precisely one week after Quetta Gladiators summoned 121 in the sixth edition’s opening fixture against defending champions Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi at first tottered throughout the run chase, losing both openers– Imam-ul-Haq (0) and Kamran Akmal (3)– for six runs, however Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s run-a-ball innings of 46 (four fours and also 2 6s) as well as his 63-run collaboration with Shoaib Malik (29 not out) eased the nerves prior to Haider put the result definite by blasting 36 from only 18 rounds (3 sixes and three fours) in a brisk stand of 47 with Malik.
Peshawar’s third triumph moves them to the leading as they get a three-day break prior to handling Karachi Kings in the mid-day component on Wednesday, while Karachi Kings meet Lahore Qalandars in their derby clash on Sunday evening.
Wahab, the Peshawar Zalmi captain, led from the front by getting 4 arches for 17 runs– the Pakistan left-arm speedster’s finest return in PSL– while England seamer Saqib landed the valued scalp of Alex Hales before finishing with miserly figures of 3-12 in 2.1 overs as Islamabad United folded for their third most affordable group rating.
The entire phenomenon remained in sharp comparison to the afternoon suit in between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans during which 393 runs were made. Yet after the sunset the exact same pitch all of a sudden became challenging for batting as the ball turned appreciably under lights.
Shadab Khan, the Islamabad captain, was brave in claiming that he wants to bat initially simply to alter the fad seen up until now in previous 9 fixtures. Shadab had his wish met despite not winning the throw yet even he couldn’t have fathomed what was to transpire.
Disallowing opener Hales– who was fifth out for 41 (off 27 balls, five fours and one six) in the 11th– it was a sorry sight for the Islamabad United dugout as just Hussain Talat (22 off 15 balls) and Asif Ali (19) went into dual numbers.
Wahab, who got 3 arches for four runs in nine shipments at the backend of the innings, was stated man-of-the-match.
P.R. Stirling b Wahab 1
A.D. Hales c sub b Saqib 41
P.D. Salt b Saqib 9
Faheem Ashraf c K-Cadmore b Umaid 2
Shadab Khan run out 6
Hussain Talat lbw b Mujeeb 22
Iftikhar Ahmed c K-Cadmore b Wahab 7
Asif Ali c Malik b Wahab 19
Hasan Ali lbw b Wahab 7
Mohammad Wasim c Kamran b Saqib 1
Fawad Ahmed not out 0
EXTRAS (LB-2, W-1) 3
TOTAL (all out, 17.1 overs) 118
FALL OF WKTS: 1-2 (Stirling), 2-38 (Salt), 3-41 (Faheem), 4-55 (Shadab), 5-82 (Hales), 6-86 (Hussain), 7-109 (Iftikhar), 8-111 (Asif), 9-118 (Hasan), 10-118 (Wasim).
BOWLING: Wahab Riaz 4-0-17-4; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-28-1; Mohammad Imran 3-0-28-0 (1w); Saqib Mahmood 2.1-0-12-3; Umaid Asif 4-0-31-1.
Imam-ul-Haq c Faheem b Hasan 0
Kamran Akmal lbw b Wasim 3
T. Kohler-Cadmore c Salt b Fawad 46
Shoaib Malik not out 29
Haider Ali c Salt b Hasan 36
S. Rutherford not out 6
EXTRAS (W-2) 2
TOTAL (for four wkts, 17.1 overs) 122
FALL OF WKTS: 1-0 (Imam), 2-6 (Kamran), 3-69 (Kohler-Cadmore), 4-116 (Haider).
DID NOT BAT: Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Mujeeb Ur Rahman Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Imran.
BOWLING: Hasan Ali 4-0-14-2 (1w); Mohammad Wasim 3-0-26-1 (1w); Faheem Ashraf 2-0-14-0; Fawad Ahmed 4-0-40-1; Shadab Khan 4-0-23-0; Iftikhar Ahmed 0.1-0-5-0.
RESULT: Peshawar Zalmi won by six wickets.
UMPIRES: Asif Yaqoob (Pakistan) and Shozab Raza (Pakistan).
TV UMPIRE: Zameer Haider (Pakistan).
MATCH REFEREE: Ali Naqvi (Pakistan).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi).
SUNDAY’S FIXTURE: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars (7:00pm PST).