On Tuesday, Peshawar Zalmi reached the final of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth season after beating Islamabad United by eight wickets. After playing an innings-and-72-run chase, they just 175 runs to win.
The Zalmi will now meet Multan Sultans in the Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on June 24 in the finals.
Wahab Riaz placed the United in a position to score first, and they went on to score 174 for the cost of nine wickets.
in the opening innings, where he smashed 45 off 16 balls, Hasan Ali’s start with the ball was subpar In the first over, the pacer handed up 15 runs, including six extras. However, he dismissed Kamran Akmal in the final ball, thus wrapping it off on a good note.
Wells (126) saw their partnership broken when Mohammad Wasim removed Zazai (66) in the 15th over, and so ending the 126-run stand (55).
After Zazai was removed, 32-year-old Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik stepped to the crease and struck three consecutive fours to conclude the match. This gave his side a chance to advance to the finals, where they eventually lost to Australia.
The innings of Islamabad United
Islamabad United gave Peshawar Zalmi a 175-run target.
Usman Khawaja went for a duck, while Colin Munro (who is also known as “Oli Oli”) had 44, while Muhammad Akhlaq hit 7, Brandon King contributed 18, Iftikhar Ahmed got 10, Shadab Khan had 15, Asif Ali did 8, Faheem Ashraf recorded 1, and Hasan Ali compiled 45.
Umaid Asif and Skipper Riaz both managed to get two wickets, while Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran, and Amad Butt all succeeded in getting one wicket apiece.
Immediately after Malik bowled the first over to Munro, where he dismissed Khawaja (0), the batsman mis-hit the ball and drove it towards Malik, who, in turn, lost his shoelace and inadvertently smacked the ball to the non-end, striker’s providing his team with the crucial first breakthrough.
As the batsman attempted to smash it over fine leg, bowler Imran had Akhlaq (7) caught behind, handing wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal an easy catch.
In the sixth over, Munro (44) blasted 19 runs – three fours, one six, and a run – to Asif to help his side rebound and relieve the strain on Zalmi, who would have been able to regain control of the match.
When Malik dropped the catch of Brandon King in the eighth over, Butt not only held his ground, but he also removed the West Indies batsmen for 18 on the penultimate ball of the over.
The catch Akmal dropped of Munro in the ninth over was equivalent to dropping half of the match, as Ramiz Raja commented on the air, but then Akmal made the huge save with the very next ball, grabbing the catch that led to Irfan having New Zealand’s batsman caught for 44 runs.
After running through four overs for 21, Pacer Irfan (Pakistan) seemed to have injured his foot. It seemed to the umpires that the explanation had not pleased them, and the Zalmi were playing the field on their own.
This happened in the 13th over, with Iftikhar (10) removed when he nicked the ball and ended up getting caught behind, handing Riaz the Zalmi captaincy for the first time.
When Asif bowled in the 15th over, he sent a bouncy short ball towards Shadab Khan, who then dropped the ball and handed it to the wicketkeeper.
Having snagged a vital wicket of Ali in the final over of the game, Asif also claimed a really amazing catch, which was made by Sherfane Rutherford at the ropes, only yards away from the rope.
When the umpires were convinced that Irfan was hurt, they authorized Zalmi to replace him with a substitute in the 15th over.
After Riaz dismissed Ashraf, he was credited with taking the eighth wicket for his team (1).
Ali knocked over two fours, two sixes, and a run in the 17th over, helping to ease some of the strain on his team. 22 runs were over raked.
When he belted 18 runs in the 19th over, Ali was able to turn things around for the United, and so he got Zalmi’s skipper to the sweepers.
However, despite losing the match 16 runs in the penultimate over, the Zalmis were able to get Ali out for 45 runs.