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Sports

Web Desk
February 27, 2021

PSL 2021: Peshawar Zalmi defeat Quetta Gladiators by three wickets

Sports

Web Desk
Sat, Feb 27, 2021
Peshawar Zalmi´s Haider Ali celebrates after scoring half century (50 runs) during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium in Karachi on February 26, 2021. — AFP

KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi chased the highest target of the Pakistan Super League 2021 to beat Quetta Gladiators   by three wickets in the tournament's eight fixture  at the National Stadium.

The two sides, known for delivering nail-biters, once again lived up to expectations as the eight match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 went down to the wire.

It could have been even closer and likely gone to the final ball, had the ball not slipped out of Mohammad Hanain's hands in the final over and went for 5 byes, with just six needed.

Having set a a mammoth 199-run target, the Gladiators had things in control when they had Zami wobbled at 27-2. Then came contributions from everywhere. Imam-ul-Haq made 41, Haider Ali had 50, Shoaib Malik 34 but the two most important men were Sherfane Rutherford, who finished unbeaten at 36 and Wahab Riaz, whose consecutive sixes off Dale Steyn in the penultimate over kept Zalmi in the game.

Earlier, Sarfaraz had played a blinder, scoring 81 off just 47 balls to lead his side from the front.

SQUADS:

Peshawar Zalmi: Haider Ali, Kamran Akmal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Saqib Mahmood, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Ibrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Amir Khan.

Quetta Gladiators: Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, and Faf du Plessis.