Another thrilling match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators tonight. That’s the third year in a row that a playoff game between Peshawar and Quetta that has finished in a one-run finish. Peshawar are through to the second eliminator, where they face Karachi Kings tomorrow.
Quetta Gladiators Inning
(19.6) OUT! Full toss on middle stump, and it’s been smacked over Dawson! Dropped at long on but he’s quick to throw it back in. Peshawar win by one.
(19.5) SIX! Anwar comes down the wicket again and bunts it over Dawson’s head.
(19.4) SIX! Over long on. Flat ball outside off, and Anwar once again charges down the wicket to smack it to the leg side.
(19.2) SIX! Full outside off, and Anwar shimmies down the wicket. Meets it on the full, and muscled over long on
(19.1) FOUR! full outside off, and Anwar takes a big swing at it. Takes the top edge, and falls past Sammy’s left.
Over 19 – Peshawar Zalmi 133/8 (Hamza 0*, Anwar 5*)
(18.5) OUT! good length on off stump, and Hasan tries to run this down fine. Gets bat on ball, but ends up edging it straight to Akmal.
(18.3) OUT! holes out to long on! Taken by Jordan, the sub. Full and wide outside off, and Perera drags his slog to the leg side.
Over 18 – Peshawar Zalmi 130/6 (Perera 11*, Anwar 3*)
Hasan Ali bowls
Over 17 – Peshawar Zalmi 128/6 (Perera 10*, Anwar 2*)
Wahab Riaz bowls
Over 16 – Peshawar Zalmi 118/6 (Perera 2*, Anwar 0*)
(15.4) OUT! full outside off, tries to slash hard at it, but he’s sliced it. In the air for ages, but Hasan Ali has all the time in the world for that.
Thisara Perera comes out to bat
(15.2) OUT! Mahmudullah tries to smack this over the bowler’s head. He misses, and the bowler hits! Takes top of off stump.
Over 15 – Peshawar Zalmi 112/4 (Rossouw 8*, Mahmudullah 19*)
Hasan Ali continues
Over 14 – Peshawar Zalmi 108/4 (Rossouw 6*, Mahmudullah 17*)
(13.5) FOUR! just one bounce over the rope, excellent shot over long on by Mahmudullah
Umaid Asif bowls
Over 13 – Peshawar Zalmi 102/4 (Rossouw 5*, Mahmudullah 13*)
Over 12 – Peshawar Zalmi 94/4 (Rossouw 3*, Mahmudullah 7*)
(11.4) FOUR! Back of a length outside off, and Rossouw tries to pull.
Over 11 – Peshawar Zalmi 86/4 (Rossouw 1*, Mahmudullah 5*)
Over 10 – Peshawar Zalmi 80/4 (Rossouw 0*, Mahmudullah 0*)
(9.5) OUT! two in two! And how things have turned. Sameen, you beauty. Both set batsmen have been sent back and this match has turned on its head!
(9.4) OUT! Taken at third man. Back of a length outside off and Nawaz comes down the ground.
Over 9– Peshawar Zalmi 79/2 (Nawaz 35*, Sarfraz 35*)
(8.6) SIX! smacked over Dawson’s head!Lands over the sightscreen. Full on off stump, and Sarfraz uses his feet again.
(8.1) SIX! tossed up on middle stump, and Safraz has deposited that into cow corner!
Over 8 – Peshawar Zalmi 63/2 (Nawaz 33*, Sarfraz 21*)
(7.6) FOUR! back of a length on off stump, Nawaz tries to defend but takes the outside edge
Over 7 – Peshawar Zalmi 54/2 (Nawaz 28*, Sarfraz 18*)
Over 6 – Peshawar Zalmi 49/2 (Nawaz 26*, Sarfraz 15*)
(5.6) FOUR! Flicked over the deep square leg, ends with a four!
(5.1) FOUR! short and wide outside off, Sarfraz judges the length early, and caresses this cut past point
Over 5 – Peshawar Zalmi 37/2 (Nawaz 21*, Sarfraz 9*)
(4.2) FOUR back of a length on leg stump, whips it off his pads fine. Fine leg’s running to his left, but the ball’s too quick.
Wahab Riaz comes to bowl
Over 4 – Peshawar Zalmi 32/2 (Nawaz 21*, Sarfraz 4*)
Over 3 – Peshawar Zalmi 24/2 (Nawaz 13*, Sarfraz 4*)
(2.3) FOUR! back of a length, but wide outside off. Cut off the back foot, and threads it between cover and point. Flies away to the point boundary
Sarfraz is the new batsman
(2.1) OUT! Hasan Ali takes another one. Good length outside off, and nips away after pitching. He’s driving nonetheless, and induces a small outside edge.
Sameen Gul bowls
Over 1 – Peshawar Zalmi 9/1 (Nawaz 5*, Cadmore 4*)
(0.2) FOUR! Good length on off stump and going across Nawaz. Tried to defend but takes the inside edge.
(0.1) OUT! First bowl of the inning and Hasan Ali departs Asad Shafiq, comfortably held on by Sammy at first slip
Asad Shafiq and Cadmore are the openers for Quetta Gladiators, Hasan Ali with the new ball.
Rahat Ali remarkable four wickets spell helped Quetta Gladiators to stop Zalmi for scoring a big total. Peshawar’s Liam Dawson did his best with a superb cameo – 62 off 35 balls – but he was the only man doing justice to conditions out there.
Peshawar Zalmi Inning
(19.4) WICKET! uproots the off stump as Wahab goes for a slog sweep.
Over 19 – Peshawar Zalmi 154/8 (Hasan 3*, Wahab 14*)
(18.3) FOUR! 5 runs, slower ball on the stumps. Wahab basically sweeps it to midwicket. Can he hit the stumps direct? Anwar takes aim, flings down the throw
(18.2) FOUR! backs away for a slap over the off side but ends up with a thick outside edge to the third man boundary
(18.1) FOUR! carves a length ball outside off stump over extra cover.
Over 18 – Peshawar Zalmi 137/8 (Hasan 0*, Wahab 0*)
(17.5) OUT! Rahat is single-handedly winning this for Quetta. On a flat batting track, he has been troubling everyone with his pace and bounce
(17.3) OUT! top-edge lands safely in square leg’s hands! Rahat’s extra pace and bounce traps the Peshawar captain.
Rahat Ali continues
Over 17 – Peshawar Zalmi 135/6 (Dawson 61*, Sammy 1*)
(16.5) SIX! flat, hard, and over the long-on boundary again!
(16.4) SIX! the wide yorker, which is a decent plan with Dawson trying to make room outside leg.
(16.3) SIX! a massive top-edge, but it sails over the boundary and brings up Dawson’s fifty
(16.1) FOUR! makes just enough room so that he can carve the short ball outside off to the point boundary. Superb placement.
Thisara Perera comes to bowl
Over 16 – Peshawar Zalmi 114/6 (Dawson 41*, Sammy 1*)
Rahat Ali continues
Over 15 – Peshawar Zalmi 111/5 (Dawson 39*, Umaid 7*)
Over 14 – Peshawar Zalmi 101/5 (Dawson 31*, Umaid 5*)
(13.5) FOUR! slow delivery and smashed over long on
(13.3) FOUR! backs away and guides a short delivery away to the deep third man. Go
(13.1) FOUR! hares down the track to hammer a short of a length delivery that gives him a room over extra cover
Over 13 – Peshawar Zalmi 87/5 (Dawson 22*, Umaid 0*)
Over 12 – Peshawar Zalmi 86/4 (Dawson 21*, Saad 9*)
Over 11 – Peshawar Zalmi 83/4 (Dawson 20*, Saad 7*)
Over 10 – Peshawar Zalmi 76/4 (Dawson 15*, Saad 5*)
(9.6) SIX! free hit ball is a rank long hop and Dawson rocks back to pull it over deep midwicket with an almighty swing of his blade
(9.6nb) FOUR! massive full toss – called wide for the height – and Dawson clobbers it to the wide long-on boundary
(9.3) FOUR! batsman hits back immediately with a scorching cover drive.
Over 9 – Peshawar Zalmi 59/4 (Dawson 2*, Saad 0*)
Saad Nasim is the new batsman
(8.4) OUT! a juggle at long-on, but Kohler-Cadmore manages to cling on.
(3.2) FOUR! shifts his weight back, pulls up that front leg and essays that trademark swivel pull to the square leg boundary.
Rahat Ali continues
Over 3 – Peshawar Zalmi 14/2 (Hafeez 0*, Tamim 12*)
(2.5) FOUR! short ball full on the leg side and timely played by Tamim Iqbal
Hafeez comes to bat
(2.2) OUT! sensational running catch from Thisara!
Mir Hamza introduced
Over 2 – Peshawar Zalmi 10/1 (Fletcher 0*, Tamim 8*)
Andre Fletcher is the new batsman
(1.3) WICKET! chops on! The centurion from a few nights ago is out for a duck in the Eliminator. Inside edge and clatters into the stumps
Rahat Ali bowls
Over 1 – Peshawar Zalmi 9/0 (Akmal 0*, Tamim 8*)
(0.4) FOUR! premeditates a sweep, Nawaz tries to fire it in, but his anxiety over that 60 m boundary
(0.2) FOUR! sweep shot very well played into the gap by Tamim Iqbal. First boundary of the match.
Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal are out to open the inning for Peshawar Zalmi, whereas, Mohammad Nawaz will attack for Quetta Gladiators.
Quetta XI: T Kohler-Cadmore, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mahmudullah, RR Rossouw, NLTC Perera, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Rahat Ali, Mir Hamza
Peshawar XI: Kamran Akmal, Tamim Iqbal, ADS Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, LA Dawson, DJG Sammy, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Sameen Gul
Lahore: Quetta Gladiators have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators will look for revenge against Peshawar Zalmi for their last year’s defeat in the final when the two teams will meet in the first eliminator at Gaddafi Stadium.
Both Peshawar and Quetta won one game each in the league phase but Zalmi’s overall batting power with Kamran Akmal scoring 347 runs and notching a hundred in the last game against Lahore Qalandars give them the edge.
war have travelled to Pakistan with a close-to-full-strength squad, with Dwayne Smith the only overseas player not making the trip.
Quetta, meanwhile, have shuffled their squad around. With Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy and Shane Watson not travelling, they’ve signed up Yorkshire opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore and West Indies batsman Johnson Charles. They also have the services of Mahmudullah and Thisara Perera once more.