On Friday the 5th Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United by 24 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard.
The left-arm spin and fast duo of Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Asghar made a skilful contribution sealed the Zalmi’s win in their opening fixture by 24 runs.
Defending 145, United did not get to the start they needed as a result of slow, loopy spinners bowled by Mohammed Asghar. He dimissed Babar Azam for a duck in his first over, Umar Amin for 4 in his second and then the big wicket of the United captain Misbah for 12 as they lost half of their side for just 66. Shane Watson top-scored in the innings of United with 28 who have dismissed by Wahab Riaz.
Sam Billings and Andre Russell resisted, but both of them fell off successive balls and Wahab finished with 3 for 32. Asghar had a hand in those wickets too – he clung on to two sharp chances on the cover boundary and later played them down by saying he had large hands like most Pathans and so it would be hard to drop catches. So United fell to 121 for 9 and their second defeat in as many matches.
In the first innings, Zalmi reached a total of 125 with help from Tamim Iqbal who scored a 50 of 5o balls. It was a very important contribution to the score of the side considering they were 88 for 4 in 15 overs. With some hitting late in the innings by Sammy and Afridi the total was pushed more than 140. For United, Andre Russle took 3 for 31 in his qouta of 4 overs but that was not enough to restrict to a total that could have been made by United.
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