Azam's 85 in vain as Zalmi beat United by 10 runs
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Azam Khan made spirited 85 off 45 balls and Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck 19-balls 46 runs but it did not prove enough for Islamabad United to cross the line in 24th match of the Pakistan Super League’s seventh edition at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Some exceptional death bowling from Zalmi’s captain Wahab Riaz and Salman Irshad helped them restrict Islamabad United to 196-7 to earn a 10-run victory.
The victory take Zalmi to third position on the points table with 10 points.
Chasing a 207 runs target, United openers replicated the innings of Zalmi’s openers as they went berserk from the word go. Gurbaz was especially merciless as he piled up 46 runs off just 19 balls hitting five sixes and three fours. Mubassir Khan also scored 21 runs off 19 balls while Danish Aziz went for a duck.
However, Azam Khan kept the match interesting with his power hitting but could not find support from other end as only Asif Ali was other batsman who could enter in double figures making just 11 runs off 12 balls.
Azam’s 85 included seven sixes and six boundaries.
For Zalmi, Salman Irshad took 3-29 and Wahab Riaz 2-26 while Hussain Talat (1-30) and Ben Cutting (1-37) were also among wickets. Usman Qadir conceded 41 runs in his two overs and Liam Livingstone 32 in his 2 overs.
Earlier, new batting sensation Muhammad Haris Thursday surprised all yet again with his hurricane innings as Peshawar Zalmi reached 206 runs for 8 wickets against Islamabad United in the 24th match of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
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After electing to bat first, Zalmi off to a whirlwind start courtesy to the explosive batting of the youngster as they reached 74-1 in the first powerplay. Haris made another joint-fastest fifty of the PSL on just 18 balls. Haris' 50 off 18 balls is the third fastest this season with Jason Roy and Tim David.
While Hazratullah Zazai was a mere spectator on the crease and when he got out in the sixth over he could score only 13 runs off 12 balls hitting two boundaries.
Haris was joined by Yasir Khan who also played some swashbuckling shots as Zalmi raced to 100 in just 7.4 overs.
In the 1oth over, Haris tried to reverse sweep a ball off Waqas Maqsood through the third man but it hit the back of the bat and went straight up to end a brilliant innings.
Haris made 70 runs off 32 balls that included five sixes and seven fours.
Yasir Khan was next to go after playing a 24-ball 35 runs innings, hitting two sixes and three fours. Shoaib Malik kept the pace of the innings intact by scoring 38 runs off 23 balls. He hit two sixes and as many boundaries.
At one moment, it was looking like Zalmi may post the highest total of the PSL, a record being held by United at 229, but some good bowling in the later part kept Zalmi to 206/8.
Faheem Ashraf was the most successful bowler for United with three wickets conceding 33 runs. Waqas Maqsod took two wickets for 34 runs. Marchant de Lange (1-32), Liam Dawson (1-34) and Zahir Khan (1-35) were also among wickets while Muhammad Musa conceded 33 runs in his two overs.