Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal continued his good run with his third half century in Pakistan Super League to guide Peshawar Zalmi to a seven wicket win over a lackluster Islamabad in Sharjah on Friday.
Another packed house saw Peshawar riding on Iqbal’s 58-ball 80 not out as they chased down a modest 153-run target in 18.3 overs, much to the joy of Pathan expats who thronged the Sharjah stadium.
Islamabad’s total had Khalid Latif as main contributor with 41-ball 59 studded with four towering sixes and a single boundary.
It was another ruthless display by Iqbal who knocked three sixes and six boundaries and helped Peshawar to their fourth win in five games, joining the table-toppers Quetta Gladiators.
If Peshawar win their next game against Lahore on Saturday they will qualify for the play-offs.
Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez (25 off just 14 balls with four fours and a six) gave Peshawar a quick 36-run start in 4.4 overs before Islamabad grabbed three quick wickets — one each from Samuel Badree, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Sami.
But Iqbal kept the scoring rate and the chase well on course as Islamabad had no answer to his power hitting. Ajmal went for 44 in his four overs as Shahid Yousuf,
27 not out, in company of Iqbal took the chase to finish line in style with an unbroken 30-run stand.
Islamabad, sent into bat, were lifted by Khalid who put on 46 for the second wicket with Sharjeel Khan (28) to set the tempo for a challenging total.
Khalid smashed two sixes in Shahid Afrid’s over and added another 57 for the third wicket with Misbah-ul-Haq who made 27-ball 32. Misbah also knocked two sixes and one boundary off Afridi’s over.
But from 130 in the 17th over Islamabad managed just 22 in the last three overs.
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar and paceman Wahab Riaz took two wickets a piece.
Earlier in the day karachi Kings rode on a superb all-round performance from Ravi Bopara to knock Lahore out for their second win in five games.
Karachi Kings face table-toppers Quetta Gladiators while Lahore face Peshawar in a double-header on Saturday.