RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, March 5, 2020 (SNN247.com) – Peshawar Zalmi defeated defending champions Quetta Gladiators for the second time in the Pakistan Super League 2020 (PSLV) at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Shoaib Malik Finally Finds Form
Veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik yet again exhibited his class with the bat as he expressed his aggressive side with a marvelous half-century in the abbreviated match. It has been an indifferent tournament for Shoaib Malik who has made his mark at different global T20 leagues, including Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League. Before the start of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, Malik had announced his resolve to use this tournament to make his way into the Pakistani team for the upcoming ICC World T20 in Australia. The half-century against Quetta Gladiators, one of the best teams in the competition, will certainly give a world of confidence to the veteran all-rounder who had started his first-class cricket career in 1997.
Darren Sammy becomes Head Coach for Peshawar Zalmi
Earlier in the evening, former Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Akram and West Indian superstar all-rounder Darren Sammy conducted a joint press conference. A lot was reported in the Pakistani media about the differences between Darren Sammy and Zalmi owner Javed Afridi. However, the press conference put an end to all such speculations. Darren Sammy announced to become the new Head Coach for Peshawar Zalmi whereas Mohammad Akram will discharge his duties as Head of Cricket Operations.
Kamran Akmal Sets the Tone
Peshawar Zalmi tried a new opening pair in Kamran Akmal (23 off 12 – 2 fours, 2 sixes) and Imam-ul-Haq (7 off 7 – 1 four) in the 15-over-a-side match due to rain. However, the move failed to produce goods. After an early departure for Imam-ul-Haq, it was young gun Haider Ali (39 off 24 – 4 fours, 2 sixes) who used the lang handle to a great effect. He was soon joined by Player of the Match Shoaib Malik (54 off 27 – 8 fours, 1 six) as they raced towards a formidable total in the truncated game.
Liam Livingstone (12 off 7 – 2 fours), Lewis Gregory (19* off 8 – 2 sixes), and Hasan Ali (9* off 5 – 1 six) finished off the innings in style as Peshawar Zalmi finished with 6/170 from their 15 overs.
Mohammad Hasnain Rules Bowlers in PSLV
Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain (3-0-34-4) captured another four-wicket haul to expand his tally to 14 wickets in the PSL 2020. He is the leading wicket-taker in this year’s tournament. Naseem Shah (2-0-6-0) looked super fast but he faced an injury scare as he limped off the field and could never complete his quota of three overs in the match. Tymal Mills (3-0-33-0), Sohail Khan (3-0-38-1), Mohammad Nawaz (2-0-26-0), and Ben Cutting (2-0-30-1) leaked too many reasons as they failed to apply discipline in their bowling efforts.
Chasing 171 runs in just 15 overs was never going to be easy for any batting line-up in the world. Jason Roy (45 off 26 – 5 fours, 2 sixes) and Shane Watson (19 off 14 – 4 fours) got the Quetta Gladiators off to an electric start.
However, the other batsmen failed to keep up the momentum. Ahmed Shehzad (10 off 17), Ben Cutting (17 off 7 – 2 sixes), Mohammad Nawaz (18 off 7 – 2 fours, 1 six), Azam Khan (Golden Duck), and Sarfaraz Ahmed (1 off 2) couldn’t ensure a longer stay in the middle.
In the end, Quetta Gladiators could only manage 7/140 from their 15 overs and fell 30 runs short of their target.
Skipper Wahab Riaz (3-0-21-3) was phenomenal with pace and accuracy whereas Rahat Ali (3-0-34-2) also picked up wickets despite lacking the discipline in his line and length. Hasan Ali (3-0-15-1) displayed great control over his line and length which earned him decent figures. Yasir Shah (3-0-28-1) went for plenty of runs but he managed to pick the prized scalp of Jason Roy.
PSLV | Next Fixtures
In the next match of the Pakistan Super League 5, Karachi Kings will take on Multan Sultans at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore at 7:00 p.m. local time.