Captain’s unbeaten 16 off just four leads Zalmi to a five-wicket win over Gladiators
Darren Sammy produced an astonishing performance as Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by five wickets in the 10th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) third edition in Sharjah on Thursday.
The match was of a significant importance for Zalmi, who before tonight, just managed to win one out of three matches, and was desperate to return to winning ways.On the other hand, Gladiators was high on confidence after thumping six-wicket win over Islamabad United in their last match.
The day started with Zalmi captian Sammy winning the toss and opting to field first. His decision at one point seemed to backfire, as Gladiators were in a strong position and were looking to score in excess of 150 with ease.However, in the last five overs, Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit only managed to score 31 runs and finished with just 141 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
All-rounder Shane Watson was the star for the team as he finished the innings with the top score of 47 off 32 balls with the help of one four and five sixes. He was well supported by Rile Rossouw, who scored 37 off 25 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
For Zalmi, pacers Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz and skipper Sammy claimed two wickets each.
In reply, Zalmi started brilliantly and were in a strong position for an early finish come the 15th over mark and needed just 35 off the last five overs.However, some tight bowling and brilliant captaincy of Sarfraz turned the game upside down.
When Sammy, who injured himself while bowling in the first half, came out to bat after the demise of Sabbir Rahman, Zalmi needed 17 off eight balls and Gladiators were in pole position to seal a victory.But the 34-year-old scored 16 off just four balls with the help of two sixes and one four and took his team over the line.