Islamabad United managed to escape with a last ball win against Peshawar Zalmi after splendid innings by opener Dwayne Smith meant that the side went on to register their third win of the competition at Sharjah.
United required 20 runs off 18 balls but the match went down to the wire as Peshawar put up a strong fight till the last ball. The bowlers were star of the show for Islamabad as they bowled immaculately upfront to restrict star studded lineup of Peshawar Zalmi to just 136 runs from 20 overs after Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to field first.
Islamabad suffered a blip in the last game as they lost to bottom-ranked Karachi Kings in game curtailed by torrential rains around Sharjah. Misbah-ul-Haq was excellent on the night with his captaincy as he rotated his bowlers to a tee. Muhammad Sami was pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 26 runs while Muhammad Irfan and Rumman Raees bowled tidy spells to back up the good work done upfront in the first ten overs.
Islamabad United made early inroads into the Peshawar Zalmi lineup as the Darren Sammy’s side was in all sorts of trouble at 78 for 6 before Sammy, Afridi and Wahab chipped with double digit scores to see the side push the score to 136 runs from 20 overs.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s side got off to bad start as well as they lost four wickets for 73 runs to see the game hang in balance. Dwayne Smith kept his composure in the middle of all drama and action in terms of fall of wickets to notch up his 50 runs and add vital 63 runs with Shane Watson to take close to chase down the score. Smith top scored with 72 runs off 59 balls in his innings and hit four sixes in his innings. Shane Watson also scored 30 runs off 22 balls to keep the asking rate down to a normal. The fall of Watson did add excitement at the end of the innings but Amad Butt struck the ball down the ground to seal a close win for Islamabad.
Peshawar Zalmi will rue the fact that they failed to take their chances despite being in the frame to win the game against United. Islamabad United are top half of the table with three wins out five game played in the competition.