A shining 29-ball 52 from Hussain Talat and a strong wrap up by reserve skipper Shoaib Malik (48* off 32) assisted Peshawar Zalmi with pursuing 191 with two conveyances in excess and beat Quetta Gladiators by five wickets to get their season looking winning so far.
Malik, subbing for Wahab Riaz who tried positive for Covid and up until recently walking along at simply over run-a-ball, hit 2 sixes and a four off James Faulkner in the nineteenth over, opening up the game to such an extent that even Sherfane Rutherford’s wicket in the last over barely made a difference eventually.
Malik and Talat did the hard work in the run-pursue which had gotten off to a decent beginning, graciousness Yasir Khan’s fireworks (30 off 12). However at that point Mohammad Nawaz hit with the three normal wickets and Peshawar were left at a serious disadvantage. That is when Malik and Talat got together for a 81-run represent the fourth wicket. Faulkner disposed of Talat in the seventeenth over, just to miss the mark against Malik when it made a difference in the death overs.
Prior, Quetta took full cost of the botched open doors by the Peshawar defenders and piled up a serious score on a level pitch, in spite of the fact that they would demolish not making 200. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed referred to the all out as “10 to 12 runs low” after the game.
That Quetta got to 190/4 was down to a 155-run opening stand between Ahsan Ali (73 off 46) and Will Smeed (97 off 62), the most elevated association for the Gladiators in PSL history. Smeed, on his PSL debut, hit 11 fours and 4 sixes yet got out off the last bundle of the innings and missed the mark concerning a merited century.
Usman Qadir was the champion bowler, surrendering just 20 runs in his 4 overs and picking the wickets of Ahsan Ali and Ben Duckett.
Brief Scores : Quetta Gladiators 190/4 in 20 overs (Smeed 97, Ali 73; Qadir 2-20) lost to Peshawar Zalmi 191/5 in 19.4 overs (Talat 52, Malik 48*; Nawaz 3-44) by 5 wickets