Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi in last over thriller


SHARJAH: Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by chasing a target of 137 runs on the last ball in their PSL 2017 encounter here at Sharjah.

Islamabad United started their chase with initial hiccups as as they lost three of their wickets on a total of 45 runs. It was a brilliant innings by Smith which led Islamabad towards the slow but steady chase as he hit an unbeaten 72 off 59 balls.

The last over was a complete thriller as United needed six runs off six balls with Watson and Smith in the middle. Zalmi’s Junaid Khan bowled exceptionally well and didn’t let any of them hit a boundary. Shane Watson lost his wicket when Islamabad needed just 2 runs off 2 balls. He was run out taking the second run, so United needed 1 run off the last ball.

Islamabad’s Ammad Butt played the last ball and successfully took a single as Junaid Khan got the yorker wrong and bowled a low full toss.

Earlier, Islamabad United  won the toss and put Zalmi to bat. None of the Zalmi batters could score much and the side kept losing wickets due to an impressive show with the ball by United bowlers, especially Mohammad Sami and Shadab Khan.

Eoin Morgan was the top scorer with 28 runs while a tail-ender Wahab Riaz scored 23 runs to join him as the second top scorer.

IU’s Mohammad Sami was awarded Man of the Match award for his 3 wickets.


The two teams first clashed in PSL 2017 opening game when Islamabad United beat Zalmi by seven wickets.