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.
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