Yesterday, Peshawar Zalmi beat the Kings of Karachi by 5 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
The Aussie, Brad Hodge, stunned the Kings with his heroics; hitting the ball to all corners of Dubai and took his team over the line to take Zalmi to the top of the PSL standings table.
The turning point in the chase of the 16th over bowled by Usama Mir, in which Hodge smashed a 4 and then 3 sixes in a row to make the equation 32 of 4 overs. Hodge hit six fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 45-ball 85 as Peshawar recovered from 69 for 4 in 12 overs to overhaul King’s 152 for 7 with nine balls to spare. Then, the wheels came of the bowling attack of the Kings as the next over was hit for 14 and then Darren Sammy aided the win with six over deep mid wicket.
Zalmi started badly as the new ball pair of Mohammad Amir and Bilawal Bhatti removed the openers with the score at just 25 inside five overs. The innings was revived by a vital score of 31 of 29 balls by Jim Allenby but they hit a another road block at 69 for 4 when Shahid Afridi was dismissed in consecutive overs.
But Zalmi were not to be denied as Hodge cashed in on the first sign of self-approval from the Kings by mixing a bit of brute strength in his effort to turn the game in no time. Such was the quality of his knock that even the dismissal of Kamran Akmal, with Zalmi still needing 32, largely went unnoticed.
Having lost from a strong position, the Kings of Karachi would have definitely hoped for a loss by the Lahore Qalanders but that was to see in the last game of the night.
The Cornered Tiger