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HBL PSL6: Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by three wickets in last over thriller

 

HBL PSL6: Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by three wickets in last over thriller



A late attack by Sherfan Ruder Ford and Wahab Riaz against Quetta Gladiators in the eighth round of HBLPSL 6 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday evening gave Peshawar Zalmi a thrilling three-wicket victory.

Match summary
Quetta Gladiators 198-7, 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 81, Azam Khan 47, Faf du Plessis 37; Saqib Mahmood 3-34, Wahab Riaz 2-54)

Peshawar Zalmi 202-7, 19.3 overs (Haider Ali 50, Imam-ul-Haq 41, Sherfin Rudderford 36 not out, Shoaib Malik 34, Wahab Riaz 20;

Player of the match. Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmai)

Result. Peshawar Zalmi won by 3 wickets

Chasing a big score of 199 for the win, Zalmi struggled to score 145 for five in 15.5 overs and Wahab needed 54 off 25 balls when he joined Rutherford.

Both batsmen took the bowlers to the cleaners and scored 44 runs in the next three overs to level the score at just six in the last over.

Mohammad Hasnain bowled Wahab (20 for 8) off the first ball of the last over, but bowled a full toss away from the keeper to allow the team to score five runs and eventually Ruder Ford seasoned the winning shot-hand Zalmi. The second success made its name. Spare with three balls

Rutherford remained unbeaten on 36 off 18 balls, including a four and four sixes.

Zalmai's runs came to a screeching halt when they lost to veterans Kamran Akmal (3 for 8) and Tom Kohler Cadmore (4 for 4) for 27 in the first four overs.

It was Haider Ali's brilliant half-century that helped Zalmai return and set the stage for his team to cross the overall threshold. The 20-year-old scored 50 off 29 balls.

Disappointed with the loss of wickets, Haider counted his first ball at four for four and scored the third with his knife under the ground below Hasnain's full toss.

He scored 17 in the 13th over with the help of Usman Shinwari and sent the left-arm fast bowler to the boundary through the cover and hit a six before the inner edge of his bat became four runs.

The youngsters hit a maximum of five fours and two sixes and got the required support from opener Imam-ul-Haq from the other end as the duo made a crucial partnership of 51 runs.

Imam was bowled by league spinner Zahid Mahmood for 41 off 30 balls. His innings included four fours and a six.

Haider, then, joined veteran Shoaib Malik, but the team needed 120 off 64 balls.

Haider scored the second half century of his HBL PSL career off 28 balls and was caught by Dale Steyn the next.

Stan, playing his first match of the season, took two wickets for 44 runs in four overs.

After Zalmai captain Wahab's fielding decision, Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed with the crowd at the National Stadium, who scored his fourth HBLPSL half-century, and young hitter Azam Khan. After collecting runs from the great stroke game was demonstrated. Seven overs in the batting power play.

Openers Cameron Delport (2 for 5) and Saeem Ayub (19 for 21) returned to the pavilion in the seventh over with 48 runs on board.

Foss du Plessis, who came in as a partial replacement for Chris Gayle, joined Sarfraz, who hit 12 fours and a six off 81 balls in his magnificent 40 balls, and the duo scored 40 for the third wicket. In partnership, Du Plessis fell to his former teammate Wahab for 37 runs. The former South African captain hit four fours and a six in his 26-ball innings.

Azam Khan, who came to bat at number five, broke the bowlers around the dial and scored 105 for the fourth wicket with his captain.

Azam scored 47 off 26 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes. One of them was descending on the roof of the stadium.

Saqib Mehmood used to select bowlers for Peshawar Zalmai. He took three wickets for 34 runs.

The Gladiators have played three matches this season and have yet to open an account.

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