Daily Archives: February 14, 2016

HBL PSL Match 17 – Zalmi vs Gladiators

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Today, Peshawar Zalmi beat the Quetta Gladiators by 8 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Forget Valentines Day, it was Lala Day today at Sharjah as Afridi picked up career best T20 figures of 5 for 7, setting up a comprehensive 8 wicket win for Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah.

Afridi who has announced retirement from international cricket after the World T20 struck on his second ball as Akbar-ur-Rehman edged the ball to point in the sixth over. The Gladiators were cruising at a reasonable rate as 40 for 0 but then disaster struck as Afridi kept getting regular intervals to carve through the top and lower order of the batting line-up. He trapped Mohammed Nawaz LBW and then the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed edged one onto his stumps in the 10th over. Then he proceeded to remove Elton Chingumbura and Mohammed Nabi in the 12th over and finished the game with 5 for 7 and a magnificent run-out.

As Afridi left, the Gladiators were left at 66 for 9 as Grant Elliot and Zulfiqar Babar showed what they can do. Grant Elliott, on the back of two consecutive Man-of-the-Match performances, led a late rally, slamming a 29-ball 40 and adding 63 for the final wicket with Zulfiqar Babar. Those efforts left the total of Gladiators at 129.

Zalmi had no trouble chasing down a small total. Their openers, Mohammed Hafeez and David Malan began the chase brightly putting up 60 runs in 9 overs. Hafeez eventually fell for 36, but Malan carried on, adding a further 54 with Kamran Akmal. Malan went on to smash his 12th fifty of his T20 career taking his team home with 8 balls to spare.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

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HBL PSL Match 16 – United vs Kings

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Today, Islamabad United beat the Karachi Kings by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Khalid Latif and Asif Ali chipped in with 30’s as United easily cruised to a 5 wicket victory against the Kings at Sharjah. The pitch of Sharjah looked much duller than usual but with its general shine so this offered spinners a premier platform to show their talents. This win meant that United were bounced tot the 3rd position behind Gladiators and Zalmi.

Chasing a low key target of 129, United lost early wickets but Misbah (38) and Latif (33) stitched a patient 63-run partnership to lead a recovery. Once Latif of dimissed, Asif Ali gave a thrust empowering United over the line with 7 balls to spare. Sohail Khan was the pick of Karachi’s bowlers, taking 2 for 23.

Earlier in the day, the Kings were sent into bat and suffered by the wrath of 2 opening spinners as they fell to 2 for 3 in the first 2 over. The deja vu was back for the Kings fans as once again Ravi Bopara flew in to save the day, as he had done many times in the tournament, held the innings together with a vital 45. Shahzaib Hasan scored 27 off 19 balls and Mushfiqur Rahim blitzed a 27-ball 33, but a total of 128 for 5 never really seemed enough for a improving and explosive batting line like United.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

HBL PSL Match 15 – Qalanders vs Zalmi

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Yesterday, the Qalanders of Lahore beat Peshawar Zalmi by 4 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Cameron Delport slammed his third half-century of the season and picked up three crucial wickets, setting up a four-run win for the Qalandars against Zalmi in Sharjah. Chasing a defend able total of 165, Zalmi recovered well from the wobble of the top order with hits from David Malan but these were not enough to go over the line. With this being said, due to other results in the tournament Zalmi still secured a place in the play-offs.

After being put into bat, the Qalanders lost Chris Gayle early to an in swinging delivery LBW wrongly given out by umpire Jo Wilson. This did not have much affect on Delprt who put up fifty plus stands with Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal to seize the advantage over Zalmi. Delport’s partnership with Akmal for the third wicket destroyed the opposition bowling line-up with 101 runs. Delport hit six fours and three sixes for his 78, while Akmal’s 31 ball 52 featured six fours. Their efforts ensured that Zalmi needed to chase at more than eight an over right from the off.

The spectators felt a some Deja Vu as Tamim Iqbal once again kept the runs going for Zalmi but they lost wickets in a cluster to slum to 95 for 4. Zalmi needed 70 runs from 46 balls at that time, but Malan showed his class in the chase by blasting a 35-ball 42 with three sixes. These blows brought the equation down to just 18 runs in the last 2 overs but Malan was trapped LBW by Kevon Cooper in the first ball of the penultimate over. The contest was tilted to Qalander’s way. Zalmi needed 16 off the last over and despite a six from Wahab Riaz, they could only get to 160 for 7. Cooper (3 for 25) and Delport (3 for 18) were the pick of the bowlers for Lahore.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

 

HBL PSL Match 14 – Kings vs Gladiators

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Yesterday, the Quetta Gladiators beat the Karachi Kings by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Another bowler from the Gladiators shined at Sharjah but this time it was not Nawaz, it was Grant Elliot who picked up his second man of the match award by taking a career based 4 for 15. This victory meant that the Gladiators sealed a spot in the PSL play-offs.

Grant Elliot’s 4 for 15 carved through the batting order of the Kings and restricted them to a definate below par score of 126 for 9. Karachi’s captain Shoaib Malik top-scored with 45, but nobody else made more than 23, as the Kings failed to get any momentum through the middle overs. Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Nabi snatched a batsman each as the Gladiators were left to score just 6 an over.

Ahmed Shahzad ensured that the Gladiators had the game clenched in their fists for most of the chase. Kings did get blows in the middle but those were not enough to get the win as healthy knocks from Kevin Pieterson (26) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (29) lifted Quetta to their fifth win of the inaugural season of the HBL PSL.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger