Peshawar Zalmi is out of this year's Pakistan Super League (PSL) after Islamabad United defeated them by five wickets in 19.3 overs in the nail-biting eliminator one clash at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
In the last over, United required 10 runs and Azam Khan got out on the first ball. After that, Liam Dawson finished the thrilling clash with ease as he smacked a six and four on the next two balls.
The do-or-die match between the two teams was a see-saw battle with both teams unwilling to give up till the very end. The Zalmi bowlers were on target with their line as they removed opener Will Jacks for 11 runs.
Alex Hales announced his return with a bang as he kept the run-chase intact and played according to the situation.
United was cruising at one stage with Hales looking well set, but it was Salman Irshad's two wickets that brought Zalmi back into the game.
He removed Hales with a brilliant yorker and took the wicket of dangerous-looking Shadab Khan for 22 runs and Asif Ali who was on seven.
Azam Khan, who scored 28 runs with two sixes and Faheem Ashraf who notched 19 with two maximums, brought United closer. But in the last over when 10 runs were required, Azam got out on the wrong time, but Liam Dawson finished the game with hits.
In terms of bowling, Wahab Riaz was taken to the cleaners as he conceded 52 runs in four overs, while Salman registered figures of 3-31.
Zalmi handed Islamabad United a 170-target with both Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik scoring fifties in the eliminator.
The United bowlers kept things tight as Zalmi batters didn't score runs quickly, as they lost in-form opener Mohammad Haris for 12 runs by Faheem Ashraf.
Opener Kamran Akmal continued to carve out runs, while Yasir Khan was also removed for eight runs. Karman got out for 58 runs by United skipper Shadab Khan with Zalmi's score of 98 runs on the board.
Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat forged a crucial 56 runs stand to take Zalmi to the 150 run mark. Hussain scored 28 runs, while Malik scored 55.
For United, Hasan Ali took three wickets for 30 runs in four overs, while Shadab and Faheem picked one.
Earlier, Zalmi had won the toss and elected to bat first against United. Wahab Riaz is leading Zalmi, while Islamabad United are being led by Shadab Khan who is returning from an injury.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Haris, Yasir Khan, +Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Benny Howell, Hussain Talat, *Wahab Riaz, Khalid Usman, Salman Irshad, Ali Majid.
Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Will Jacks, *Shadab Khan, +Azam Khan, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Liam Dawson, Hasan Ali, Athar Mahmood, Zahid Mahmood, Waqas Maqsood.
Live score of the match appears below: