Quetta Gladiators start PSL 9 journey with victory against Peshawar Zalmi

Babar Azam's Yellow Storm bowled out by Riley Rossouw-led Gladiators with 16 runs still to on the board to chase

By Web Desk
February 18, 2024
Quetta Gladiators celebrate win against Peshawar Zalmi after exciting match at PSL 9 in Lahore on February 18, 2024. — PCB

Peshawar Zalmi skipper Babar Azam's 68 runs went in vain as Quetta Gladiators blocked off the former from chasing a massive 207-run target in the second match of PSL 2024 played at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore.

Zalmi opening pair, Saim Ayub and the skipper built a solid partnership of 91 runs off 51 balls, however, Gladiators’ spinner Abrar Ahmed sent off Babar to pavilion.


Before Mohammad Haris settle himself with Saim, Akeal Hosein took his quick wicket by sending him off the crease at only 7 runs. Saim smashed 42 off 26, however, it wasn’t enough to chase a massive total without another partnership.

Azam stayed on the crease as he continued to score for his side, but the Zalmi skipper mistimed his shot on mystery spinner’s Abrar Ahmed ball and was caught by Mohammad Wasim Jr.

Azam top scored for his side by scoring 68 runs on 42 balls courtesy of eight boundaries but his efforts went in vain as his side fell 17 runs short of the total target set by the Gladiators.

Saim lost his wicket after scoring 42 runs after getting run out leaving his side 91-1 in 8.4 overs. Mohammad Haris came in after the left-handed batter’s departure but he too walked back to the pavilion shortly after scoring just 7 runs.

The wickets kept falling and the outstanding effort by the Gladiators’ bowlers restricted Zalmi to 190 for six wickets, winning the match by 16 runs.

Earlier in the first innings, Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel wreaked havoc as they thrashed Zalmi’s bowler all over the ground and built a 157-run partnership.

Shakeel departed after scoring a brilliant 74 off 47, laced with ten boundaries, which included four sixes as well.

Gladiators’ skipper Rilee Rossouw joined the party and hit the six off the first ball, followed by a boundary two balls later, but Mohammad Zeeshan castled him in the next over to end his brief stay.

Roy was departed by Salman Irshad in the 18th over with 185 runs on the board after playing a clinical knock of 75 runs from 48 balls, featuring nine boundaries and two sixes.

Sherfane Rutherford played a 20-run cameo off 13 balls before getting out in the last over, followed by Mohammad Wasim who scored a boundary and departed on the next ball.

Khawaja Nafay (6) hit the last ball for four to lift the team’s total to 206 in their allocated 20 overs.

Irshad led the bowling charts for the Peshawar Zalmi with figures of 3-38, while Wood and Zeeshan contributed with one wicket each.