PSL 8: Saim Ayub thanked Peshawar Zalmi for giving him opportunity

The young batter notched 341 runs in 12 matches at an average of 28.41

By Web Desk
March 18, 2023
Saim Ayub represents Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 8 - PCB

Young opening batter Saim Ayub thanked Peshawar Zalmi for giving him the opportunity to learn. 

Taking to Twitter after Zalmi were knocked out of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8, Saim said he enjoyed his time with Babar Azam and company. 

"Thankyou Peshawar Zalmi for all the great moments full of joy and learnings. Unfortunately, results weren't the way we wanted but all of us were loyal to our culture. Congrats and wishes for both the teams in final," he wrote. 

Saim had a wonderful event throughout. The young batter notched 341 runs in 12 matches at an average of 28.41. He smashed five fifties during the tournament.

On Friday, Lahore Qalandars beat Zalmi by four wickets in the second Eliminator. 

Chasing the 172-run target, Qalandars reached home in 18.5 overs.

Qalandars lost Fakhar Zaman (6) early after he has castled while trying to play a big heave. Azmatullah Omarzai was the successful bowler.

Meanwhile, Ahsan Hafeez, who was playing his first PSL match, handed a simple catch to wicketkeeper Haseebullah after he top-edged a ball from Wahab Riaz. The left-hander scored 15 runs in 10 balls.

After a big mixup between Abdullah Shafique and Mirza Tahir Baig, the former was sent packing. The right-hander scored run-a-ball 10.

Shafique's departure brought Sam Billings to the crease, who along with Tahir got Qalandars' run-chase back on track with a crucial 50-run partnership in only 28 balls.

However, Tahir was dismissed after reaching his maiden T20 fifty with Aamer Jamal bagging the crucial scalp. He scored 54 runs in 42 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.

Billings was cleaned up by a superb yorker by Salman Irshad. He scored 28 valuable runs in 21 balls. Meanwhile, Sikandar Raza scored 22 runs in 13 balls.

Skipper Afridi smacked a six and four in the 19th over to get his team over the line.