PSL 9: Islamabad United beats Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs

SuchTV  |  Mar 04, 2024

PSL 9: Islamabad United beats Peshawar Zalmi by 29 runs
Shadab Khan's men restricted Babar Azam and Co. to 167/9 after posting 196/4.

Peshawar faced challenges in the chase from the start, losing Babar on a golden duck due to Alex Hales' run-out in the first over bowled by Naseem Shah.

Naseem dismissed Saim Ayub on the last ball of the over, and Rumman Raees claimed Mohammad Haris, leaving Peshawar at 3-3.

In the last over of the Power Play, Shadab Khan introduced Naseem's brother, Hunain Shah, who took two wickets—Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Rovman Powell.

Aamer Jamal and Paul Walter revived Zalmi's hopes, putting up a strong sixth-wicket partnership in the run chase. Aamer Jamal impressed the Rawalpindi crowd with a remarkable 49-ball 87, including six sixes and eight fours. Walter supported with a 29-ball 30.

Shadab Khan was the standout bowler for Islamabad with figures of 3/41, while Raees and Hunain each claimed two wickets.

In the first innings, Peshawar chose to field and struck early as Saim Ayub dismissed Alex Hales on the first ball. Despite Colin Munro's six and four in the next over, Ayub had the last laugh, dismissing him while attempting another boundary.

At 28-2 in three overs, Shadab Khan and Salman Ali Agha formed a crucial 65-run partnership for the third wicket in 44 balls. Salman Irshad's breakthrough in the 11th over, dismissing Agha, halted the recovery.

Agha departed after a brave 37 off 25, featuring four boundaries and two sixes. Shadab Khan continued his aggressive play, forming a 68-run partnership with Jordan Cox in 39 balls.

Shadab's dynamic innings of 51-ball 80, including 10 boundaries and six sixes, ended when Luke Wood took his wicket with Islamabad reaching 161 runs.

Azam Khan contributed an unbeaten cameo of 29 runs from 14 balls, pushing the total to 196-4 in 20 overs. Cox remained unbeaten at 26 off 20, with two boundaries and one six.

Saim Ayub led Peshawar's bowling with figures of 2-15, while Wood and Irshad claimed one wicket each.

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