Quetta Gladiators have miraculously managed to become the first team to seal a place in the final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore, as they beat Peshawar Zalmi by 1 run at Sharjah on Tuesday (February 28).
With 7 required off the final over, it is not very often that you’d see the skipper placing his bet on the most expensive bowler of the match to do the job. But Sarfraz did as he assigned Mohammad Nawaz with the task of bowling the final over and boy did he delivered. The left-arm orthodox bowler conceded just 5 to pull off a dramatic win for his side.
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Chasing a mammoth 201 for victory, Mohammad Hafeez and David Malan put up brilliant a 139-run stand to bring Peshawar back on course after the early fall of wickets. Hafeez led the charge with his 77 off 47 deliveries, while David Malan stroked a timely 56 off 30 balls. But both were dismissed within the space 8 deliveries, with Zalmi requiring another 44 off the remaining 4.5 overs.
The stage was set for Afridi to do the fireworks, as he smacked four sixes in his 13-ball stay at the crease to bring the required run rate down to nearly 6 runs per over. But the lower order failed to complete the task as they fell short of 1 run in the end.
Earlier, Ahmed Shahzad(77) and Kevin Pietersen(40) put up a 90-run stand to help Quetta set a target in the excess of 200.
Peshawar will now have the second bite of the cherry, as they will face the winner of the eliminator match between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings.
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