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Afridi heroics bring last-over win for Peshawar Zalmi

DUBAI:  Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by two wickets in their Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 match against Quetta Gladiators here in Dubai, ARY News reported.

Shahid Afridi’s late onslaught brought an unlikely victory for Zalmi which was at a time 52-6 as most of their major batsman other than Kamran Akmal failed to score much runs to chase a small target of 129 runs given by Quetta.

Afridi scored 45 runs off 23 balls to bring his side on top of PSL points table.

Gladiators bowlers bowled well as Mahmudullah and Tymal Mills took 3 wickets each to keep Zalmi under pressure before Afridi onslaught.

 

Earlier, Zalmi’s bowlers restricted the strong Quetta side to 128 as they did not let any of the Quetta batsman score much runs other than Kevin Pietersen and Rossouw. Pietersen scored 41 while Rossouw’s 38 came off 34 balls.

Peshawar side’s spinner Asghar took 3 wickets while pacer Wahab Riaz took 2 wickets.

Zalmi and Gladiators both have qualified for the next round of the Twenty20 league and this match is a dead rubber but fans of the both the teams were waiting for the proverbial ‘clash of the titans’ as their last match was washed off by rain and both teams received a single point.

Peshawar Zalmi squad

Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal†, Mohammad Hafeez, MN Samuels, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi, DJG Sammy*, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, CJ Jordan, DJ Malan, Junaid Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, EJG Morgan, Imran Khan (1)

Quetta Gladiators squad

Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, KP Pietersen, RR Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Mahmudullah, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, TS Mills, Bismillah Khan, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, NLTC Perera, Anwar Ali, Mir Hamza, LJ Wright

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