After nearly making a mess of it, Peshawar Zalmi have just managed to clinch a low-scoring thriller against Lahore Qalandars at the Dubai International Stadium today.
Chasing 60 to win — the lowest ever target in the history of the PSL, Zalmi expected an easy win. But it was not the case as it took 17 hard-fought overs for them to earn a victory. Brendon MacCullum was audacious with his captaincy moves: employing two slips, and even two gullies and short leg at times, constantly setting up aggressive fields, and inspiring his bowlers to go for the kill to make sure Peshawar is not let off the hook at any stage. Yasir Shah’s figures (4 for 7) is a reflection how tense it was in the middle for Zalmi.
Peshawar’s innings got off to an equally poor start as they had lost 3 wickets for just 24 in 7.1 overs. Sunil Narine was the man doing the most damage to Peshawar in the early over, as Peshawar were reduced to 20-2 after the powerplay. David Malan (1), Hafeez (3), and Akmal (3) failed to get going on a seamless surface.
Then Eoin Morgan (23) and Shahid Afridi (13) steered Peshawar somewhat closer to the win, but it was Yasir’s brilliance with the ball as he swept through the middle order to make it interesting again. Yasir claimed Morgan, Maqsood (o), and Sammy(3) to open the gate and bring tale-enders to provided his side another sniff. But the total of 60 was never going to a defendable total as Peshawar managed to seal the win by 3 wickets in the end.
Qalandar’s batting show was absolutely dismal right from the start, as they were reduced to 9 for 3 in 1.6 overs. Fakhar Zaman top scored with 33, while 8 of their other batsmen failed to even go in double figures.
Lahore has now been defeated in two of their three games, while Zalmi has won two games out of three so far.