LAHORE - A 125-run third wicket partnership off 73 balls between Kamran Akmal and David Miller set up a 61-run victory for Peshawar Zalmi over Quetta Gladiators that sent them from the Pakistan Super League (PSL6) at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
According to information made available here, recovering from 10-2 and then 22-2 after the powerplay overs, Peshawar Zalmi finished at 197-5 with Miller clobbering six fours and four sixes in a 46-ball 73 and Kamran contributing a well-constructed 37-ball 59 with six fours and two sixes. Quetta Gladiators, who were without Andre Russell, suffered a devastating blow when Faf du Plessis suffered a concussion in a freak fielding accident after colliding with Mohammad Hasnain. Without two star batters, the 198-run target was always a herculean task for the Gladiators, who hobbled to 136 for nine after being 62 for no loss in the eighth over.
In the 19th match of the PSL6, Gladiators had made an impressive start in the must-win match by winning the toss and then restricting Zalmi to 10-2, then 22-2 after six overs and 30-2 after seven overs. But Miller changed gears in the eighth over and unleashed a brutal attack on Gladiators’ spinners Zahid Mahmood, Zahir Khan and M Nawaz as the ball continued to disappear in the empty stands at regular intervals.
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Kamran Akmal joined the party and followed Miller as the two switched Zalmi’s fourth highest partnership of 125 from 73 balls. They matched stroke by stroke as Gladiators were left clueless and out of ideas and options. Rovman Powell made sure that Zalmi reached 197-5 in 20 overs by slapping 5 sixes and a four in an electrifying 19-ball 43 not out. Zalmi, who were 67-2 after 10 overs and 141-3 after 15 overs, scored 39 runs in the last three overs, including 21 off the final over by Zahid Mahmood.
With Andre Russell and du Plessis not available, Gladiators proved to be an easy prey for the ruthless Zalmi as fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Umaid Asif, who bowled impressively on a good batting surface to restrict Gladiators to 136-9 after being 62-0. Irfan returned figures of 3-27 and Asif finished with 2-17. Captain Wahab Riaz was the other wicket-taker with two for 20. For the Gladiators, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was top scorer with 36 not out, while Saim Ayub scored 35.
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PESHAWAR ZALMI 197-5, 20 overs (David Miller 73, Kamran Akmal 59, Rovman Powell 43*; M Nawaz 2-33) beat QUETTA GLADIATORS 136-9, 20 overs (Sarfaraz Ahmed 36*, Saim Ayub 35, Usman Khan 28; M Irfan 3-27, Umaid Asif 2-17, Wahab Riaz 2-20) by 61 runs.