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Dominant Zalmi thrash United to secure PSL6 final berth

Side registered eight-wicket win in the second Eliminator

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
Posted: Jun 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 months ago

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Peshawar Zalmi have produced a dominant display and thrashed Islamabad United in the second Eliminator by eight wickets to secure a place in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

After being asked to bat first, United had a poor beginning and at one stage were reduced to 110 for the loss of eight wickets.

However, a record 62-run partnership between Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim helped the side in posting a competitive total of 174 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Hasan finished the innings with the top score of 45 off just 16 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.

For Peshawar, captain Wahab Riaz and right-arm pacer Umaid Asif claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Zalmi lost veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal in the first over.

However, a 126-run partnership for the second wicket between Hazratullah Zazai and Jonathan Wells eased the side to a comfortable win in the 17th over at the expense of just two wickets.

The left-hander finished with 66 off 44 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. Wells, who was playing his maiden PSL game, scored a brilliant 55 not out off just 43 balls, which included six fours and three sixes.

Malik also played a handy cameo of 32 not out off just 10 balls, which included five fours and a six.

So that is quite a chase. Fantastic cricket from Peshawar Zalmi. Hope you have enjoyed our coverage and we will join you again tomorrow.

At the end of the innings:

PZ 177-2 (16.5 overs)

OUT! Finally, a wicket for United but Zazai has played a blinder. He departs after scoring 66 off 44.

PZ 141-2 (14.3 overs)

SIX and what a way to complete his half-century. Brilliant from Zazai.

With that four, Jonathan Wells completed his half-century. Brilliant from the right-hander.

At the half-way stage:

PZ 77-1 (10 overs)

At the end of the powerplay:

PZ 48-1 (6 overs)

OUT! Hasan Ali gets a big one as he removes dangerous Kamran Akmal.

PZ 15-1 (1 over)

So we are back with the second innings.

So that’s a very good end to the innings for Islamabad United as they have managed to post a competitive total. We will join you again for the second-half.

At the end of the innings:

IU 174-9 (20 overs)

RUN OUT! Finally, some relief for Zalmi as Hasan departs after scoring a brilliant 45.

IU 172-9 (19.5 overs)

OUT! Riaz gets his second United slip further.

IU 110-8 (15.4 overs)

OUT! Another big one. Umaid gets his second as dangerous Asif Ali departs after scoring just eight.

IU 110-7 (14.4 overs)

OUT! Umaid Asif removes Shadab Khan. United in trouble.

IU 109-6 (14.2 overs)

OUT! Wahab Riaz gets his first wicket of the day to remove Iftikhar.

IU 98-5 (12.5 overs)

At the half-way stage:

IU 77-4 (10 overs)

OUT! That drop didn’t cost Zalmi much again. Munro departs after Kamran takes a blinder and a very good review as well.

IU 76-4 (9 overs)

DROP! Another one from Zalmi. This time Kamran Akmal drops a sitter and it’s Colin Munro. That might prove to be a little too costly.

OUT! That drop didn’t cost Zalmi too much as Amad Butt finally manages to remove King.

IU 71-3 (8 overs)

DROP! Malik drops King and that might prove to be costly. After doing all the hard work, the veteran all-rounder could not complete the job.

After 5 overs:

IU 38-2

OUT! Another big one for Zalmi. Akhlaq departs after scoring seven.

IU 15-2 (2 overs)

RUN OUT! Khawaja departs after just scoring one. Dream start for Zalmi.

IU 1-1 (0.4 over)

A big surprise as off-spinner Shoaib Malik opens the bowling for Peshawar Zalmi.

We are all set to begin with Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro out in the middle to open for Islamabad United.

Just one change for Islamabad United tonight.

Here is Peshawar Zalmi’s lineup. Two changes from yesterday’s team.

TOSS: The news from the centre is Wahab Riaz has won the toss and Peshawar Zalmi will be bowling first.

The winner will face Multan Sultans in the final of the competition whereas the loser will go back home.

It is Islamabad United who will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the second Eliminator.

Hello and welcome to the live blog for the match 33 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

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