Shoaib Malik played a blistering innings and Peshawar Zalmi pacers gave very little away as they defeated Quetta Gladiators by 30 runs in the rain-curtailed 18thh game of 2020 Pakistan Super League.
Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss for Quetta Gladiators and opted to bowl first in a game reduced to 15 overs aside. Sohail Khan dismissed Imam-ul-Haq to see Peshawar get off to a shaky start.
Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali led the recovery for the side and put on a 30-run partnership for second wicket. Mohammad Hasnain got rid of Kamran Akmal, who was looking in great form with the bat. He scored 23 runs off 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
Shoaib Malik came to the crease and put on a 54-run partnership with Haider Ali to see Peshawar Zalmi scoring their runs at a brisk rate. Rookie Haider Ali played well and contributed with 39 runs off 24 balls with the help of 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik played a special innings for Peshawar Zalmi and smashed 54 runs off 27 balls to help Peshawar Zalmi post a competitive total on the board in their 15 overs.
Lewis Gregory also delivered a crucial cameo of 19 runs with the help of two sixes.
For Gladiators, pacer Mohammad Hasnain was the standout bowler and finished with 4 for 34 in his three overs. Sohail Khan and Ben Cutting claimed one wicket each.
Chasing 170 runs in 15 overs, Shane Watson and Jason Roy got the side off to an excellent start to provide hope to Quetta Gladiators. Pacer Hasan Ali dismissed Shane Watson in the fourth over to see Gladiators lose their first wicket with 45 runs on the board.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah cleaned up Jason Roy to see Zalmi make a comeback into the game. Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali picked up wickets at regular intervals to see Gladiators post 140 for 7 in 15 overs and lose the game by 30 runs.
For Gladiators, Jason Roy was the standout player with the bat and finished the innings with top-score of 45 runs off 26 balls with the help of five boundaries and two sixes.
Wahab Riaz led from the front with the ball in hand and finished with 3 for 21 in his three overs. His opening partner, Rahat Ali also bowled well and claimed two wickets.
For his splendid half-century for Peshawar Zalmi, Shoaib Malik was awarded player of the match.