It’s the all important match day! The two best teams of the PSL, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi will face off each other to become the first finalist of the tournament.
Quetta’s Mohammad Nabi has flown back to perform his national duties, Nathan McCullum has joined the squad as his replacement. On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal of Peshawar Zalmi has been replaced by the Englisman, Jonny Bairstow.
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators have the score level at 1-1, both teams have won match in their two meetings in early stages of the tournament.
The atmosphere was heated between Ahmed Shahzad of Quetta and Wahab Riaz of Peshawar Zalmi, when two were involved in an on-field clash. It will be interesting to see when they both face off each other again in the big game.
Peshawar Zalmi has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Team lineups are
Quetta Gladiators: Ahmed Shehzad, Bismillah Khan, Kevin Pietersen, Kumara Sangakkara, Grant Elliott, *+Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nathan McCullum, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, Aizaz Cheema
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez, +Kamran Akmal, Shahid Yousuf, Brad Hodge, Jonny Bairstow, *Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Asghar, Shaun Tait, Hasan Ali
Bismillah Khan and Ahmed Shahzad to open, Hasan Ali to take the new ball.
At the end of 1 over the score is 0/1
Early breakthrough for Peshawar Zalmi, Bismillah Khan, the last match hero, goes without scoring. KP is the new man in. Hasan Ali bowled a maiden.
Asghar to share the new ball with Hasan Ali
At the end of 2 overs the score is 6/1
Kevin Pieterson ends the over with a four.
At the end of 3 overs the score is 11/1
Another impressive over by Hasan, conceded a boundary on the first ball of the over and just gave away a single in the next five deliveries.
At the end of 4 overs the score is 17/2
Asghar gets Shahzad, he left the crease for a glory shot and was beaten by the flight and turn, Kamran Akmal stumped him with ease.
The most experienced pair of the tournament, Pieterson and Sangakkara at the crease now.
The red hot Wahab Riaz into the attack now
At the end of 5 overs the score is 23/2
KP ends the over on a high note with a stylish boundary off the short ball.
At the end of 6 overs the score is 35/2
Woah! First cheeky Sanga, then a picture perfect cover drive against the pacy Shaun Tait then an on drive right from the coaching manual for another boundary. Three boundaries in the over.
The skipper, Afridi himself brough into the attack.
At the end of 7 overs the score is 45/2
At the end of 8 overs the score is 53/2
Sangakkara and Pieterson, both looking in great touch, scoring boundaries in almost every over.
At the end of 9 overs the score is 58/2
Afridi testing Sangakkara with his variations.
At the end of 10 overs the score is 63/2
At the end of 11 overs the score is 73/2
Sangakkara started off Afridi’s third over with consecutive boundaries.
At the end of 12 overs the score is 90/3
KP looking to accelerate the innings now, sending two deliveries of Darren Sammy into the crowd. Sangakkara lost his wicket in the cause of scoring fast.
Sarfaraz Ahmed is the new man in.
At the end of 13 overs the score is 96/4
The Englishman has brought up his half century off just 34 balls. On the other end, a big blow for Quetta, they have lost their captain for a 2nd ball duck.
The find of the tournament, Mohammad Nawaz replaces Sarfaraz in the middle.
At the end of 14 overs the score is 106/4
What a shot by Nawaz on a short pitched delivery of Wahab Riaz! The ball sailed over the boundary into the stands.
At the end of 15 overs the score is 111/5
Kevin Pieterson lost his wicket, Tait got him with the pace.
At the end of 16 overs the score is 119/5
Nawaz today showing his class with the bat.
At the end of 17 overs the score is 124/6
Mohammad Nawaz’s cameo came to an end, once again, Tait made the most of his experience and deadly pace.
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At the end of 18 overs the score is 126/7
The new addition in the squad, Nathan McCullum couldn’t do much with the bat, he attempted a shot off Wahab Riaz’s delivery and caught in the deep.
At the end of 19 overs the score is 133/7
Anwar Ali kept swinging his bat blindly and Tait proved to be too fast for him to slog.
At the end of 19.3 overs the score is 133/10
Peshawar Zalmi enjoyed their time out there, three wickets off two deliveries, the second wicket was a runout other wise Wahab would have got the second hat-trick of the tournament.
Afridi & Co. needs 134 runs in 20 overs to reach the final of this inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League. Quetta Gladiators will need to put up a special show with the ball to save this game. Only Kevin Pieterson and Sangakkara performed well from Gladiators, on the other hand, it was a team effort from Zalmi, all the bowlers in the wickets column, but Wahab was the pick of the b0wlers with three wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal are out there to open the innings, Anwar Ali with the new ball.
At the end of 1 over the score is 6/0
The score really doesn’t depict the brilliance of Anwar Ali’s first over. He nearly got Hafeez bowled on the last delivery.
Zulfiqar Babar sharing the new ball with Anwar Ali
At the end of 2 overs the score is 10/0
Just a boundary off the over.
At the end of 3 overs the score is 23/0
Aizaz Cheema started off with two HUGE no balls, although it didn’t hurt him much, but conceded two back to back boundaries by Hafeez.
At the end of 4 overs the score is 29/0
At the end of 5 overs the score 31/1
Anwar Ali got Kamran Akmal clean bowled with a peach of a delivery, the ball pitched and jacked back sharply, it was too full for Akmal to play the cut.
The wonder-boy Mohammad Nawaz into the attack
At the end of 6 overs the score is 32/3
Everything he touches, turns into gold, Mohammad Nawaz foxed Mohammad Hafeez with a brilliant deceptive arm-ball, Professor was playing for the spin but it came in with the arm and got Hafeez’s off stump.
Nawaz got another one, this time the veteran Aussie, Brad Hodge, the ball pitched in line and turned a bit, Nawaz struck the off stump again. Jonny Bairstow kept the hat-trick ball out.
A special over by a special young talent.
At the end of 7 overs the score is 37/3
At the end of 8 overs the score is 42/3
At the end of 9 overs the score is 46/3
At the end of 10 overs the score is 53/3
Zalmi batsmen are now looking to lower down the required runrate a bit and going for some big hits.
At the end of 11 overs the score is 57/4
Grant Elliott’s variations have done the trick, a slower ball that moved away a bit to kiss Bairstow’s off stump.
At the end of 12 overs the score is 62/4
At the end of 13 overs the score is 68/5
Shahid Yousuf played a struggling innings of 15 runs and got out off Elliott while trying to play a big a shot.
Shahid Afridi is at the crease now.
At the end of 14 overs the score is 78/5
Darren Sammy is out there for a cause, taking on Gladiators’ bowlers
At the end of 15 overs the score is 84/6
And Shahid Afridi disappointed his fans all around the world once again, he found Nawaz at deep point for just 2 runs.
At the end of 16 overs the score is 89/6
At the end of 17 overs the score is 99/6
At the end of 18 overs the score is 113/7
Mohammad Nawaz was punished earlier in the over by the dangerous Darren Sammy, but he had the last laugh as Sammy found McCullum on long on.
At the end of 19 overs the score is 126/7
Wahab Riaz is turning it on for Zalmi, can he get Peshawar over the line?
At the end of 20 overs the score is 132/9
What a cracker of a match, Gladiator somehow managed to defend the total on the last delivery, Aizaz Cheema bowled a superb last over, leaking just 6 runs. Quetta qualifies for the final. An amazing game for the PSL!