On the 7th of February, Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 3 wickets with 1 ball to spare. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
At the second game of a great day of cricket, the Gladiators announced themselves as being a favourite to win the HBL PSL by winning their 3rd successive game in a row. They are no longer the dark horse of the tournament with a inspirational mentor like Sir Vivian Richards.
Elton Chingumbura smashed a 4 after 2 short balls bowled by Wahab Riaz of the which the 2nd was deemed a wide. The penultimate ball was deflected off the pads through the keeper and first slip as the Gladiators fell into celebrations with their mentor ‘Smoking Jo’.
The victory was set up by the 21 year old Mohammed Nawaz, who once again stole the limelight with his 2nd man of the match award in 3 games. Bowling with a farely new ball, Nawaz impressed with his skiddy arm balls and spinning a mile off-spinners. He ended a promising opening partnership when he dismissed Tamim Iqbal for 14. Two balls later, Mohammad Hafeez swept the spinner straight to Chigumbura at square leg. Nawaz would also account for Shahid Yousuf to finish with figures of 3 for 29.
Umar Gul destroyed the Zalmi batting attack even more with a double wicket over in the 12th over, removing David Malan and Shahid Afridi. By then, Zalmi had slumped to 59 for 5 in 12 overs. Darren Sammy clubbed 4 sixes and a 4 during his 3 ball 48 to get his team to a respectable total of 135.
The Gladiators lost their openers in the first 5 overs of the chase and the game was with Zalmi. Kevin Pieterson slowed down the innings to build a partnership with the fear of Sarfaraz Ahmed running him out. Pietersen’s wicket tightened the chase, but Chigumbura and Anwar Ali showed good composure to steer Quetta home in a tense finish. For Peshwar, Afridi and Wahab took two wickets each.
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