Late charge by Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz hands Peshawar Zalmi victory
Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by three wickets, scoring 202 for 7 (Haider 50, Rutherford 36*). Quetta Gladiators had lost their first two games and looked like they were about to end their losing streak on Friday night, but a late charge from Sherfane Rutherford and Wahab Riaz took the game away from them and gave Peshawar Zalmi their second win in three matches.
Zalmi’s 199 was the most of the season. It was the eighth time in PSL 2021 that the chasing team had won a game.The Zalmi now sit in second place in the points table, while the Gladiators remain in last place.
Gladiators reached 198 for 7 after being given the opportunity to bat thanks to a 105-run partnership between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azam Khan.The Gladiators captain, Sarfaraz, struck out 81 with a strike rate of over 200, and Azam struck out 47 in 26 balls.The target appeared too difficult to reach for most of the second innings, but Mohammad Hasnain and Dale Steyn’s careless bowling in the final overs changed the game in Peshawar Zalmi Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 8 | PSL 6.
Haider Ali hit a 29-ball 50 for Zalmi, and Imam Ul Haq and Shoaib Malik made important contributions.Rutherford and Riaz, however, their lower-order batsmen, distinguished themselves.In his unbeaten 18-ball innings, Rutherford scored 36 runs, and Riaz made up for his poor bowling by scoring 20 runs in just eight deliveries to secure a come-from-behind victory.
du Plessis is the foundation for the Gladiators. In his first game of the PSL season, Faf du Plessis came in at No.After opener Cameron Delport was run out for two in the third over, the Gladiators scored 3 in the first inning.He got going in the fourth over by smashing Mohammad Irfan for four after taking a few balls to get used to it.Du Plessis dominated the sixth over with a six and two fours to end the Gladiators’ Powerplay on a positive note.
Du Plessis made sure that the early run rate did not fall below seven because the other opener, Saim Ayub, was having trouble timing the ball.However, due to Sarfaraz’s aggressive start, du Plessis appeared to assume the anchor role after Ayub’s dismissal, which was brought about by a direct hit from Rutherford.However, du Plessis was run out at deep extra cover by a Riaz slower ball in the 11th over, ending his 26-ball 37.
In Peshawar Zalmi Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 8 | PSL 6 With 58 balls remaining in the innings and the score at 86 for 3, back-up wicketkeeper Azam joined captain and regular wicketkeeper Sarfaraz in the middle.Sarfaraz started the early charge by playing a late removed Riaz for four.The England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood was bowled by Azam, who then found his feet and hit him for consecutive fours to end the 13th over.
Azam hit Riaz for a 98m six in the 15th when he returned for his second spell, followed by two fours to the backward-point area for 16 runs off the over.After Mujeeb’s 16th went for 18, Sarfaraz reached the cover boundary, and Azam hit a four and a six to defeat the Afghan fingerspinner immediately.After that, Mahmood’s 17th went for nine, giving Sarfaraz fifty in 31 balls.
In the 18th, Sarfaraz hit Irfan for three fours, increasing the run rate to 10.In the 19th, Sarfaraz smashed Riaz for 18 runs in four deliveries while the Zalmi bowling team appeared deflated.He tried to clear the straight boundary, but he fell off the final ball.In just 55 balls, the partnership scored four wickets.
Gladiators were on track to reach 200 with six balls remaining at 193 for 4, but Mahmood returned with three wickets in his final over.He went 3 for 34 with the dismissals of Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, and Azam.Overall, though, the Zalmi bowlers had a bad day. Riaz took his most expensive T20 innings (2 for 54), Mujeeb averaged 11 runs per over, and Irfan gave up nearly 40 runs in four overs.Gladiators had the highest PSL 2021 score at the halfway point, 198-7.
Zalmi had trouble early in the chase as the Gladiators struck with the ball.The Gladiators saw the back of Kamran Akmal after the batsman sliced Usman Shinwari to deep point in the third over, following Steyn’s entertaining first over and Hasnain’s quick one.Despite Imam’s efforts to keep the scoreboard going, the No.3 Tom Kohler-Cadmore was dismissed by Steyn with the final ball of a fourth over filled with extras because he failed to make an impact at the other end.
Zalmi is given hope by Imam, Haider, and Malik. Imam then finds Haider for company.They quickly put together a fifty-run partnership for the third wicket.Imam fell in the tenth over when he attempted to come down the ground to Zahid Mahmood, despite the fact that both batsmen found boundaries at will.Mahmood dropped his length when he saw Imam come down the ground, and the ball went under the bat and hit the stumps.Midway through the eleventh over, the score read 79 for 3.
However, Haider did slow down now, and with Shoaib Malik, an experienced partner, they continued to push the limits to maintain the required run-rate.
In the eleventh over, Malik hit a six that went over Cutting’s head, and Haider faced Shinwari in the thirteenth.Sarfaraz could be seen having an animated conversation with the bowler after Haider hit a six and two fours off Shinwari to upset the Gladiators.After that, Malik attacked the straight boundary with a 14th from Zahid that hit double digits.However, the 52-run stand came to an end when Steyn’s slower ball caught up with Haider during his return spell at the beginning of the 15th over.
Rutherford and Riaz pull off a heist…with a little help. Zalmi still needed 68 runs in 35 balls after Haider’s wicket fell.Steyn only gave up five in the 15th over, shifting Gladiators’ momentum, and Cutting then caught Malik lbw in the 16th.That put the Combatants controlling everything with Zalmi requiring 41 off 18.
However, Rutherford hit two sixes in a row off Hasnain’s 18th over to reduce the score to 27 off 12, as the bowler missed his slot.Zalmi still held the advantage as Steyn prepared to bowl the 19th over, but he was run out by three sixes, two from Riaz and one from Rutherford.
As a result, Zalmi faced a run-a-ball scenario in the final over.Riaz was bowled by Hasnain with a yorker, and Mahmood was run out for a duck in the first over. The young bowler then hit a four-run wide, effectively ending the match.
Rutherford hit a drive through the covers after needing one out of four balls to secure Zalmi’s victory with three balls remaining.Although Rutherford scored 36 runs off 18 deliveries, Haider won the Player-of-the-Match award for his 50-run victory.
Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Azam Khan are the Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, respectively.twice in a row now that the pressure hasn’t affected them.Teams batting first in the PSL have yet to win a game, so chasing seems to be the mantra right now.Is that about to change?No one really knows.This concludes the coverage for today.Until sometime later, it’s a farewell from us.
Wahab Riaz | Captain who won:After the chase in the previous game, we were upbeat.We backed ourselves because we knew it was an effective pitch.I think my bowling needs more work.I cannot afford to disappoint my team as captain.need to perform better.I was aware that I might be able to seal things if I hit a few sixes.I’m glad it came off.
Player of the Match: Haider AliI’m doing very well.Happy to perform and aid in the team’s victory once more.Early on, there was a lot of pressure, but I and Imam thought that all our team needed was a good partnership to get on track.I learn every day by playing with experienced players and with good coaches.
Sarfaraz Ahmed | Captain who lost:In my opinion, fielding is very important in Twenty20 cricket.The game would have ended if we had run out Rutherford.At the end, it was hard to stop him.The pitches are excellent for bats, but the bowling strategies have not been carried out correctly as well.Bowling with a wet ball is rarely simple.We can without a doubt recover.
Rutherford, Sherfane:Because the PSL has some of the best bowlers, it was one of the best feelings for me.The game was enjoyable.It’s good to see the skipper step up, as I told Wahab that if I miss, you need to bring Steyn down.It’s been good so far because he (Sammy) gives me the confidence to express myself.
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