Had confidence in Anwar but it happens, says Sarfraz

Had confidence in Anwar but it happens, says Sarfraz

Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed backed his fast bowler Anwar Ali who he gave the last over in the five-wicket loss as Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy batting on one leg clobbered a six and four to seal the victory at Sharjah on Thursday.

Sammy hurt his hamstring during bowling but came hobbling out to bat, hit the last ball of the 19th over from Rahat Ali for six and then sealed the win in Anwar’s last over.

Gladiators’ captain admitted the defeat was disappointing.

“It is disappointing to lose from that position but I will definitely give credit to my players for staging a comeback,” said Sarfraz after the match.

Defending a 142-run target Quetta came back strongly before the last over sealed the victory for Peshawar.

“I had two choices, either give the ball to spinner Mohammad Nawaz or to Anwar so I thought that with spinner it could be easy so I trusted Anwar. It happens so you have to back your players.”

Sarfraz said bowling in the PSL is of top quality which is reducing the scores, with 179-5 posted by Multan as the highest total so far.

“Bowling is of high quality so that’s the reason behind not having big totals. Throughout the tournament we have good bowling,” said Sarfraz whose team now has two wins in four games, with two defeats.

Sarfraz hopes his batting will get better in the coming matches

“Batting is one area where we seek improvement because we have scored only one fifty which Shane Watson made so I would like batsmen to pull up their socks,” said Sarfraz.