Today, the Peshawar Zalmi beat the Kings of Karachi by 3 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
The Winides T20 captain, Darren Sammy, held his nerve and conceded only 9 runs in his last over to take Zalmi across the line in a thrilling 3 run win at Sharjah.
After 19 overs of the King’s innings the equation was that the Kings needed 13 to win of the last 6 balls and Zalmi needed 3 wickets to secure the game and go to the top of the table. Sammy bowled full and wide first ball, and Ravi Bopara, who had almost single-handedly brought Karachi back into the game, whacked a six over the cover-point boundary. Then Bopara took a 2 to get him back on strike. 5 needed of 4 and Kings at the edge of their seat.
But, Bopara could have sealed a famous win but rather hit a full toss from Sammy down the throat of long-on and as he walked of so did the hopes of the fans. Usama mir could only get a 1 on the fourth ball and Zalmi was enlightened. Karachi knew they had to run for anything, and their sneaky attempt at stealing a bye off the fifth ball was unsuccessful, as Mir was run out. That brought Mohammed Amir to crease to hit a 4 of the last ball but that only happened in the fantasies of the King’s fans as Zalmi survived and onslaught by Bopara and won the match.
A close finish was the last thing on everyone’s mind, especially Peshawar’s, when they reduced Karachi to 48 for 5 in a tough chase of 183. However, an inspirational innings by Bopara turned the game around with a 33 ball 67 which included 5 fours 4 sixes. He put up fifty stands with James Vince and Sohail Tanvir but in the end he left as his team needed him the most.
Earlier in the day, Zalmi opted to bat first and Mohammed Hafeez scored his first fifty of the season to power Zalmi to 182 for 4. They began on the front foot as Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal put an opening stand of 93, before late blitzes from Sammy and Afridi lifted the team to over 180. Hafeez slammed seven fours and three sixes during his 59.
The Cornered Tiger