Peshawar Zalmi 81 for Three (Amin 61*) beat Lahore Qalandars 78 (Hasan Ali Four-15, Wahab Three-17) by seven wickets
How the sport performed out
Hasan Ali ripped by way of Lahore Qalandars’ much-vaunted high order, whereas fellow fast Wahab Riaz tore by way of the tail to dismiss the PSL’s most beleaguered franchise for 78, establishing a simple win for Peshawar Zalmi. The overall was the second lowest within the PSL’s historical past. Lahore have been additionally accountable for the bottom rating – 59 – with that too coming in opposition to Peshawar in 2017.
In response, Umar Amin eased any nerves Peshawar may need had after Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf eliminated the openers within the first two overs. Timing the ball sweetly, six fours within the area of two overs all however killed off the Lahore fightback, and for the few runs that remained, each side have been merely going by way of the motions. Simply to please the group, Kieron Pollard completed the sport with a monstrous six.
The sport’s by no means actually completed whereas AB de Villiers is on the crease, so what did Hasan Ali do? He knocked again de Villiers’ stumps, in fact. Having already taken two wickets in his second over, he pulled his line again as de Villiers charged him, comprehensively beating the within edge. Not content material with three wickets, he eliminated Brendan Taylor two balls later in nearly similar vogue Lahore have been 39 for 4.
Star of the day
You may hear a lot about Hasan Ali and Wahab, and deservedly so, however only for aesthetics sake, why not give Amin a point out. He made his Take a look at debut in the identical match as Azhar Ali, however their fortunes have diverged considerably since. By no means actually celebrated as a T20 gem, he performed an innings that had the effectiveness of contemporary T20 hitters and the class to get MCC members. Not often swiping in opposition to the road or hitting the ball within the air, he scythed by way of Lahore’s discipline with constant outcomes, mentioning his half-century in 34 balls and scoring 61 of Peshawar’s 81. The overwhelming majority got here in boundaries, the innings comprising 10 fours and a six. The cake had already been baked, however the icing Umer utilized was a marvel in itself.
The massive miss
All the Lahore aspect?
Much less harshly, although, let’s go for some sibling rivalry on this one. Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal appear to compete with one another for the largest honours when the PSL comes round. So after his brother had smashed a scintillating 28-ball 44 to assist Quetta to victory, Kamran was anticipated to make brief work of the low complete Peshawar needed to chase.
As an alternative, he discovered himself labored over by a bowler lower than half his age. Shaheen Afridi bowled two wides down legside trying to find the yorker. The third ball clattered into Kamran’s pads however was clearly lacking leg. He acquired it completely proper fourth time, although, the yorker comprehensively beating the opener. It smashed into his pads – it will have been lbw anyway – earlier than happening to take the off stump and ship Kamran again for a duck.
The place the groups stand
With Peshawar’s win, all six groups are up and working within the PSL. They’ve one win in two, whereas Lahore, like Islamabad, have one in three.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
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