Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiator 1st Eliminator Cricket Match Highlights
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiator 1st Eliminator Cricket Match Highlights. Cricket Match Highlights of the 1st Eliminator 20 March PSL 2018 Match played between Karachi Kings Vs Quetta Gladiator. As we predicted yesterday Peshawar Zalmi qualify for 2nd Eliminator PSL 2018 Semi final.
Earlier, the Gladiators won the toss and decided to field first on a matchday that had seen plenty of rain and more was expected.
The equation was simple for both the teams: lose and go home or win and earn a shot at the PSL 2018 final opposite Karachi Kings. The Gladiators were missing key trio of Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy — all of who opted against visiting Pakistan. In their absence, the two-time finalists drafted Thisara Perera, Mahmudullah and Tom Kohler-Cadmore into their line-ups. Check our Today Match prediction between Karachi Kings VS Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi 1st Innings Match Highlights
With the Gaddafi Stadium packed to the rafters, Iqbal opened Zalmi’s innings and smacked two fours on the first four balls bowled by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz.
Just when it seemed that Iqbal would rain boundaries on Gladiators, it started raining cats and dogs. With covers back on the Gaddafi Stadium pitch, the chances of a full 20-over match taking place dwindled. But, fortunately, the showers stopped and covers were taken off. The news from the middle was that no overs were to be deducted either — unless of course it rained again.
In walked vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez, who has had an underwhelming PSL 2018 and whose team needed him to deliver now more than ever.
Despite the loss of two early wickets, one thing working in Zalmi’s favour was that they were still unfazed and playing their shots. Iqbal struck two 4s in the fourth over before Hafeez hammered a hat-trick of boundaries in the fifth over bowled by Mir Hamza.
The Professor, in particular, seemed intent on delivering a lecture as he smacked two more boundaries in the next two overs, bringing up Zalmi’s 50 and racing on to 25 runs off just 12 balls.
Zalmi had a big 10th over, plundering Mahmudullah for 17 runs, thanks to which they were 76-4 at the halfway point of their innings. At this point a competitive 160 plus total was not beyond the realms of possibility. Zalmi were all out for 157 on the final ball of their innings, setting a 158-run target for the Gladiators.
Quetta Gladiator 2nd Innings Match Highlights
The Gladiators run chase had a nightmare start as they lost the out-of-form Asad Shafiq on the opening ball of their innings. With two wickets gone so early, the situation warranted a calm and dependable batter. In came captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who promoted himself up the order.
The left-right duo handled the Zalmi bowlers very well for the next four overs, taking their side to 79-2 after 9 overs. After their rocky start, Quetta were well and truly back in the game.
But Sameen Gul’s 10th over change the scenario completely and the Gladiators were back under the cos. The 19-year-old medium-pacer had both Sarfraz and Nawaz holed out on back-to-back balls as Quetta were pegged back. Both the batters departed having contributed 35 runs each to their team’s cause. After 15 overs, the Gladiators were 112-4 and 46 adrift of ending Peshawar Zalmi’s PSL 2018 campaign.
It was up to Anwar Ali and Perera to get their team over the line. They needed 30 runs off the final three overs but Hasan Ali bowled an excellent 17th, conceding just 2 runs to solidify his team’s status as the favourites in the contest.
Wahab Riaz picked two more wickets in the innings’ penultimate to further boost his team’s chances. With Anwar at the strike, the ask of him was to somehow conjure up 25 runs from the final six balls of Dawson. The Karachi native smacked a 6 and a 4 off the first two balls before a dot ball again piled the pressure on him. With 15 needed off 3, the margin for error was gone. Anwar nearly rose to the occasion, hitting two straight sixes.
Off the final ball, Quetta needed three. Anwar went for the long-on boundary, was dropped and given a life-line, was on his way for a second run — which if completed would’ve resulted in a Super Over — but his partner was run out.
The Gladiators fell just one run short of Zalmi’s score and their streak of making the PSL finals was over.
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