Islamabad United, after a poor start to the tournament has reached a point, where there is just one match between them and the final. But, they have to knock down Peshawar Zalmi in the team, who have been outstanding performers of the the tournament.
Peshawar so far gas got the better of Islamabad United in the tournament. Misbah’s men have been dominated by the men in yellow. Islamabad United has got the potential to outplay Peshawar in the likes of Andre Russell, Misbah ul Haq, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami and many others. It will be a cracker of a contest!
Shahid Afridi has won the toss and decided to field first.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez, +Kamran Akmal, Shahid Yousuf, Brad Hodge, Darren Sammy, *Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Shaun Tait, Dawid Malan
Islamabad United: Dwayne Smith, Sharjeel Khan, Khaled Latif, A Ali, *Misbah-ul-Haq, +Brad Haddin, Andre Russell, Mohammad Irfan, Samuel Badree, Imran Khalid, Mohammad Sami
Hasan Ali taking the new ball, Dwayne Smith and Sharjeel are the two men on the crease.
At the end of 1 over score is 6/0
Sharjeel Khan scored a good looking boundary in the over. Hasan Ali nearly removed Smith, but the ball didn’t carry to Sammy at the first slip.
At the end of 2 overs score is 16/0
An expansive over by Shaun Tait, couldn’t control the ball at all.
At the end of 3 overs score is 26/0
Sharjeel going all guns blazing!
At the end of 4 overs score is 33/0
Sharjeel Khan looking dangerous, he is going for his shots.
ASghar Khan into the attack now
At the end of 5 overs score is 34/0
Just one run off the over, Dwayne Smith is struggling and might be putting Sharjeel Khan under pressure.
Afridi to bowl now
At the end of 6 overs score is 36/0
Another great over for Peshawar Zalmi, spinners drying up the runs.
At the end of 7 overs score is 39/0
Asghar not giving anything away, another decent over.
At the end of 8 overs score is 49/0
Smith looking to accelerate now, but he is looking too rusty. Unable to time the ball. Sharjeel on the other hand looking in a good touch.
At the end of 9 overs score is 66/0
Sharjeel Khan is turning it on now, Asghar under the fire! Sharjeel two huge sixes and a four down the ground.
At the end of 10 overs score is 79/0
Sharjeel Khan takes on Afridi this time, no respect whatsoever. A boundary and a six off the over, he brought up his 50 in just 28 deliveries.
At the end of 11 overs score is 87/0
Sharjeel Khan seeing the ball well today, even Wahab Riaz’s vicious pace is making any difference for him.
At the end of 12 overs score is 99/0
Darren Sammy in the radar now, Sharjeel Khan is not letting anyone settle, a pull off the hip for a flat six, he is playing a special knock here.
At the end of 13 overs score is 108/0
A brutal hit by Khan here, Wahab Riaz bowled with all his pace, but it was in the zone for him, he needed no second invitation to dispatch it into the crowd.
At the end of 14 overs score is 120/2
Tait has provided the breakthrough to Zalmi, but its Smith, who was struggling throughout the innings. Haddin also fell on the first ball, a pacy yorker got the better of him. The two consecutive wickets didn’t bother Sharjeel Khan, he is not sparing anyone, the vicious deliveries of Tait are being easily hit for boundaries. He is 7 runs away from the first century of the PSL. It has been the one man show so far!
At the end of 15 overs score is 130/2
Khalid Latif got a life, he played a nothing shot off a short delivery of Hasan Ali and was caught, but it was later given as a no ball, he dismissed the ball from his presence off the free hit.
At the end of 16 overs score is 142/2
Sharjeel Khan has brought the maiden century of the tournament with a straight six, he has been outstanding today. Take a bow young man!
At the end of 17 overs score is 151/2
Bowl anything to Sharjeel Khan at the moment and he will punish it. Tait’s pacy full toss around waste high adn he just dispatched it over the bowler’s head.
At the end of 18 overs score is 156/2
At the end of 19 overs score is 167/2
Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan hammering Zalmi’s bowlers all over the park.
At the end of 20 overs score is 176/3
Sharjeel Khan got run out on the fourth delivery of the over when he was desperately running for the second to get back the strike. Khalid Latif scored a supportive 28 off 21, but it was the one man show throughout the innings, Sharjeel has probably played the best innings of his life.
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Peshawar Zalmi has a mammoth total of 177 runs to chase down, they haven’t won much matches due to their brilliance with the bat, it was mainly their bowling that was crushing the oppositions. But, Sharjeel Khan has completely neutralized their venomous bowling attack.
Afridi & Co. has to put up a more than decent show to qualify for the finals.
Kamran Akmal and Dawid Malan are out there for the big chase, they tall lad, Mohammad Irfan has got the new ball.
At the end of 1 over score 4/0
Just a boundary scored by Kamran Akmal in the over.
Samuel Badree with his fast leggies into the attack.
At the end of 2 overs score 4/0
A crucial maiden over by the West Indian spinner in the context of the game.
At the end of 3 overs score 18/0
Three boundaries by Kamran Akmal off Irfan’s over.
At the end of 4 overs score 25/1
Badree got Dawid Malan caught behind, after he hit a boundary. Professor makes his way to the crease.
At the end of 5 overs score 29/1
Sami with another impressive over, a leg bye boundary and a single conceded.
At the end of 6 overs score 34/1
A good first over by Andre Russell.
At the end of 7 overs score 44/1
A handsome six by Akmal to Badree in the over, a decent over for Zalmi.
At the end of 8 overs score 50/1
Andre Russell is keeping it disciplined.
At the end of 9 overs score 59/2
Kamran Akmal looking in a good touch, whereas, Hafeez lost his wicket. Imran Khalid gets a major breakthrough.
At the end of 10 overs score 64/2
At the end of 11 overs score 68/3
Imran Ismail is bowling a gem of a spell, he got Akmal who was looking pretty solid.
At the end of 12 overs score 75/3.
Peshawar Zalmi in big trouble. Hodge and Sammy gone in the same over. Imran Khalid has turned the match well in IU’s favor.
At the end of 13 overs the score is 82/5.
Massive six from Afridi off Sami to end the over.
At the end of 14 overs the score is 92/5.
Afridi hits a six!!
Russell has taken the wicket of Shahid Yousuf.
At the end of 15 overs the score is 101/6.
Wahab goes for one run. Irfan takes a wicket as Russell completes a catch at long on.
At the end of 16 overs the score is 104/7.
At the end of 17 overs the score is 110/8.
2 sixes and a four from Afridi. Russell under pressure.
Afridi gone!!! Game, set and match Islamabad United.
Last man out as well. 126 all out.
Islamabad United qualify for the final where they will face Quetta Gladiators.