The eighth match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi had every bit of spice and drama combined right from the start till the end. Quetta Gladiators haven’t announced their arrival in the league as they are yet to register a single win this season. Having played three games, they lost all three games and are currently placed at the bottom of the points table.
They locked horns with Zalmi in a peak clash at National Stadium in Karachi. They batted first and posted a total of 198 for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was the pick of the batsmen as he scored an impressive 81 off just 40 balls. His innings was laced with 12 fours and a six to his name.
Azam Khan and Faf du Plessis also chipped in with decent scores with the former scoring 47 off 26 balls while the latter scored 37 off 26 balls. Saqib Mahmood was the top wicket-taker for Zalmi as he took 3 wickets while Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz took 2 wickets and Mohammad Imran took just 1 wicket.
Last over run-chase becomes the talking point
In reply to the massive total set up by Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi successfully aced the run-chase with 3 balls to spare. However, it was not that easy to chase the big total and Wahab Riaz’s team had to work a lot to get their work done. Haider Ali scored 50 off just 29 deliveries including 5 fours and 2 sixes. Imam-ul-Haq scored 41 off 30 including 4 fours and a six.
Sherfane Rutherford scored an unbeaten 36 off 18 balls with the help of 1 four and 4 sixes. Wahab Riaz smashed 2 sixes and a four in his 8-ball-20. In what was a thrilling run-chase in the last over, Zalmi required six runs to win off the last 6 balls. Mohammad Hasnain started off really well as he dismissed Wahab Riaz and Saqib Mahmood in back-to-back deliveries.
However, in the third ball of the over, the right-arm fast bowler accidentally conceded 5 wides as he lost his grip of the ball while bowling outside off. Meanwhile, Zalmi received a huge gift and in the next ball, Rutherford hit a boundary to seal the deal. Peshawar Zalmi won the game by 3 wickets. Haider Ali was named the man of the match for his impressive batting display.