Quetta Gladiators has beaten Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL Final convincingly by 8 wickets with 13 balls remaining. This was Peshawar Zalmi’s (PZ) fourth consecutive Loss to Quetta Gladiators (QG) on the trot in this season.
Ahmed Shehzad’s unbeaten 58* glided Quetta to a smooth win against Peshawar. Mohammad Hassan’s 3 Wickets upfront had set the tone in the first innings for the Quetta Gladiators restricting Peshawar to 138 runs only in 20 overs.
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Peshawar Zalmi 138/8 (20.0)
Quetta Gladiators 139/2 (17.5)
Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 8 wickets
The Pitch was indeed a typical predictable batting track with super fast outfield at National Stadium Karachi. Yet the Peshawar Zalmi camp persisted with the “All-Seamers” bowling attack which eventually turned out to be a disaster in the Final match. Captain Sammy realized this mistake mid-match and tried using the only available part-timer Spinner (Maqsood) but that too went in vain as it was too little too late for the lost cause.
Quetta’s Bowling, on the other hand, was a totally different package with a fine blend of Good Spinners (Muhammad Nawaz & Fawad) and Pace bowlers (Muhammad Hussain & Sohail Tanvir). Peshawar was also a heavy reliant on their openers (Akmal and Imam) for a solid start with did not come this evening courtesy, Nawaz and Hussain. and the openers failed it was also a tough going for the pinch hitters like Pollard and Sammy to get going against the cleaver spot-on bowling by QG. Eventually, when PZ only managed to score only 138 on a fine track like this it was always going to be tough for the bowlers to defend 7.08 runs per over. Peshawar was well short of their mark in setting up a good total and was short of
On the Contrary QG opening batters specially Shehzad who was in supreme form kept his good form going and scored an unbeaten 58* despite the loss of Shane Watson in a chaotic Runout involving Shehzad’s Poor call on the striker end. but as they say, All’s well that ends well. Shehzad took it on his shoulders and finished the game for his team is a convincing fashion.