Kevin Pietersen proved he still belonged to the top draw when it comes to batting with an imperious knock to anchor Quetta’s three-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi to give his team a tird win in a row in the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Sunday.
The discarded England batsman, nowadays playing Twenty20 leagues to keep his career going, hit 29-ball 35 to guide Gladiators to a successful chase of 136-run target in 19.5 overs at Dubai stadium.
When Pietersen was dismissed, caught by corwd favourite Shahid Afridi at extra cover off Junaid Khan, Quetta still needed 18 off the last 13 balls and it needed an Anwar Ali’s six off the last ball of the 19th that eased their win.
Elton Chigumbura hit a boundary off Wahab Riaz’s second ball and then handed the strikle to Ali with a leg-bye. Ali edged the last ball to third man to seal the win.
Darren Sammy’s four towering and lusty sixes in his 31-ball 48 lifted Peshawar Zalmi to 135-7 after they were put into bat by Quetta.
Pietersen kept his cool despite losing his partners and brought his team closer to victory.
Quetta’s successful opening pair of Ahmed Shehzad (16) and Luke Wright (16) departed in succession before skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (21) hepled KP add 37 for the third wicket before Quetta lost three more wickets, still needimng 20 in the last three overs.
It was Sammy who lifted Peshawar after they lost half of their side for 59 in 12 overs. Sammy added 57 for the sixth wicket with Shahid Yousuf who made 21.
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz dismissed both in-form Peshawar opener Tamim iqbal (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (10) while Dawid Malan hit a superb six o threaten with a big score but fell to Umar Gul.
Nawaz finished with 3-29 in his four overs, eight in three matches to stake his claims for Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad for Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Gul took 2-19.