Smaid’s 99-run innings was in vain, Gladiators defeated by Zalmai

ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 ( Alliance News) : In the match of the seventh edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), despite the brilliant innings of 99 runs of Will Smith, Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by 24 runs.

In the match played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and invited Quetta Gladiators to bowl first.

When Zalmai started the innings, Naseem Shah spelled brilliantly and moved Hazratullah Zazai and Liam Livingston in one over.

Young Muhammad Haris and Shoaib Malik formed a partnership of 52 runs after two foreign players were dismissed for 6 runs but after scoring 29 runs, Harris returned to the pavilion.

Then came Hussain Talat on the wicket who made a partnership of 73 runs for the fourth wicket with veteran Shoaib Malik to take the score to 131.

Shoaib Malik was dismissed after playing an innings of 58 runs with 8 fours.

New batsman Sharfin Rutherford’s short stay on the wicket was short and he gave the wicket to Iftikhar without scoring a run after playing six balls.

In the closing overs, Ben Cutting took an aggressive approach and Sohail Tanveer hit four sixes in one over and played an innings of 36 off 14 balls while Hussain Talat also scored 51 runs.

Peshawar Zalmi scored 185 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated overs, while Naseem Shah took four wickets for the Gladiators.

When the Gladiators started the innings in pursuit of the target, the team was shocked at the score of 24 when Jason Roy became the wicket of Livingston after scoring 13 runs.

James Vance failed again and became Usman Qadir’s wicket without opening the account.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Smaid added 53 runs to take the score to 82, but in an attempt to hit a six, they also caught on the boundary.

Iftikhar Ahmed was seen struggling throughout the innings and Umar Akmal was stumped for a run.

From the other end, Smade batted aggressively and scored 99 off 60 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 12 fours but unfortunately he could not complete the century.

Gladiators scored 161 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated overs and Zalmi won the match by 24 runs.

Hussain Talat was declared the man of the match for his half-century as well as for his economical bowling.

Both teams were composed of these players for the match.

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Will Smaid, Jason Roy, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanveer, Khurram Shehzad, Noor Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Ghulam Mudassir

Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (Captain), Mohammad Haris, Hazratullah Zazai, Shoaib Malik, Liam Livingston, Sharfin Rutherford, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Omar, Hussain Talat, Salman Irshad, Usman Qadir.


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