KARACHI, MAR 17 – Wahab Riaz’s bouncer did the work for Peshawar Zalmi as Ahsan Ali got caught after edging the ball high up in the sky. He made 25 runs off 18 balls.
He along with Ahmed Shahzad put 45 runs for the second wicket as Gladiators reached to 54-1 in 5.3 overs. Shahzad has scored 27 runs so far.
Peshawar Zalmi broke the opening partnership of Quetta Gladiators as Umar Amin sent Shane Watson back on a quick run out. Watson made seven runs as Gladiators are chasing 139 runs to win the final.
Husnain took two wickets to take Quetta Gladiators on high as they restricted Peshawar Zalmi to 138-8 in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four at National Stadium Karachi.
While batting first, Zalmi didn’t start off well with their openers failing to give them an edge over opponents. Husnain got rid of Imam-ul-Haq with a straighter delivery to reduce Zalmi to 4-1. The left-handed batsman gave a simple catch at deep mid-off after scoring just three runs.
Kamran Akmal also failed to carry the momentum as he fell to Mohammad Nawaz who pitched the ball up to deceive the right-handed batsman. Kamran was looking to smash the ball but couldn’t make the most of it and the ball went straight to hit the stumps. He managed to score just 21 runs off 15 balls.
Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin then carried the inning for Zalmi by putting up 31 runs for the third wicket. Bravo broke the partnership bagging Sohaib on a slower full toss. He scored 20 runs with the help of just three boundaries.
Husnain picked up his third wicket by getting Umar out after he made 38 off 33 balls.
Darren Sammy fought hard in the end by scoring 18 runs but tight bowling from Gladiators stopped the skipper of Zalmi to hit big shots.
Apart from Husnain, Dwayne Bravo bagged two wickets while Mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed took a wicket each.
“Chasing could be an easy task for us as we have a strong batting line,” said Sarfraz after winning the toss.
“We will try to finish the things on high this time around as there are many hopes from us,’ Sarfraz added.
Darren Sammy, on the other hand, is confident to add one more PSL title to his tally as he has full faith in his players who will give stiff competition to the opponents.
“The team is in good knick and capable of putting up a mammoth total on the scoreboard,” he said