Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 16 runs in a high-scoring match of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth version on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Zalmi had been confronted with a frightening 248-run goal set by United in a high-scoring recreation.
Peshawar misplaced Hazratullah Zazai and Imam ul Haq early of their chase. Both batsmen had been dismissed off Akif Javed’s bowling and had been caught by Hasan Ali.
Kamran Akmal hit 53 off 31 balls to maintain Zalmi within the recreation however the run-rate stress price him his wicket. Akmal was caught by Iftikhar Ahmed after he tried to hit Hussain Talat for a six from the final ball of the ninth over.
In the 12th over, Akif Javed dismissed Rovman Powell to take his third wicket of the match and put Peshawar 4 down.
While Shoaib Malik accomplished his half-century within the subsequent over off 26 balls. In the identical over, Sherfane Rutherford hit 4 consecutive sixes off Zafar Gohar to take Peshawar previous 150.
Rutherford, who was proving harmful, was dismissed off the final ball of the 15th over by Hasan Ali. He had departed after making an 8-ball 29.
However, United knew that they should take away Malik and limit his power-hitting in the event that they wished to win the sport.
In the 17th over, Talat dismissed Malik to tilt the sport in Islamabad’s favour.
Usman Khawaja then gave the 18th over to Zafar Gohar, and Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif took him to the cleaners. In his over, Peshawar Zalmi additionally went previous 200 runs.
Gohar’s over gave away 19 runs and put Peshawar 38 runs wanting the goal. The second final over of the sport was given to Hasan Ali that price 15 runs.
The expensive overs meant that Peshawar required 23 off the final 6 balls.
The final over of the sport was given to Islamabad’s simplest bowler Akif Javed. And the teenager efficiently defended the overall to offer United a 16-run win over Zalmi.
Peshawar ended their innings with 232/6, making it the third-highest whole in PSL’s historical past.
Islamabad United’s innings
Earlier, Usman Khawaja’s century helped United publish 247 runs, making it the best whole in PSL’s historical past.
Openers Colin Munro and Khawaja set the tone early for United and took Islamabad to 98 runs earlier than Munro was clear bowled by Shoaib Malik in the course of the 10th over.
United had been 99//1 on the finish of the 10 overs and Zalmi had been hoping that the wicket would assist them gradual the tempo of Islamabad’s runs.
But Asif Ali, who was despatched in early, took the chance supplied by the openers and smashed 14-ball 43 earlier than being dismissed within the 13th over.
Asif’s blitz was so deadly that United was in a position to reach 150 in simply the 14th over. And within the 18th over they accomplished their 200 runs.
After Asif’s dismissal, United despatched Brandon King to proceed the cost in opposition to Zalmi. King’s 22-ball 46 supplied glorious assist to Khawaja who accomplished his century within the final over of the innings.
The Australian ended the innings with 105 not out. While Malik and Sameen Gul had been the one wicket-takers for Peshawar.
Earlier, Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz received the toss and opted to bowl first in opposition to table-toppers Islamabad.
Islamabad United: Colin Munro, Usman Khawaja (capt), Brandon King, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), Hasan Ali, Zafar Gohar, Fawad Ahmed, Akif Javed
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford, Abrar Ahmed, Wahab Riaz (capt), Umaid Asif, Waqar Salamkheil, Sameen Gul