Friday Feb 26, 2021
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed's heroics went in vain as Quetta Gladiators lost their cool at the death to lose to Peshawar Zalmi a match they had in control for large swathes of the game.
The two sides, known for delivering nail-biters, once again lived up to expectations as the eight match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 went down to the wire.
It could have been even closer and likely gone to the final ball, had the ball not slipped out of Mohammad Hanain's hands in the final over and went for 5 byes, with just six needed.
Having set a a mammoth 199-run target, the Gladiators had things in control when they had Zami wobbled at 27-2. Then came contributions from everywhere. Imam-ul-Haq made 41, Haider Ali had 50, Shoaib Malik 34 but the two most important men were Sherfane Rutherford, who finished unbeaten at 36 and Wahab Riaz, whose consecutive sixes off Dale Steyn in the penultimate over kept Zalmi in the game.
Earlier, Sarfaraz had played a blinder, scoring 81 off just 47 balls to lead his side from the front.
Quetta Gladiators: 1 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Cameron Delport, 4 Azam Khan (wk), 5 Saim Ayub, 6 Ben Cutting, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Zahid Mahmood, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Mohammed Hasnain, 11 Usman Shinwari
Peshawar Zalmi: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Tom Kohler-Cadmore, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Haider Ali, 6 Sherfane Rutherford, 7 Wahab Riaz (capt), 8 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 9 Saqib Mahmood, 10 Mohammad Imran, 11 Mohammad Irfan
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