Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by a comfortable margin of eight wickets
Kamran Akmal’s return to form must please Darren Sammy
Kamran Akmal had been the highest and the second-highest run-getter in the last two editions of the PSL, so his poor run of form must have been an increasing concern for Darren Sammy. He had followed up a 49 in the first game with figures of 0, 0, 7, 4, 0 and 19. 30 runs in the last six innings meant his place in the side had come under question but Kamran answered those calls with a superb 72 off 50 balls.
Spinners continue to do the job for Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed really knows how to cajole a performance out of his spinners as Muhammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed reigned in Peshawar in the middle overs. The duo bowled the four overs right after the powerplay for just eight runs to ensure Peshawar were always struggling to post a big total on a batting track.
Keiron Pollard’s firepower means Peshawar are never truly out of it
The eight balls Pollard faced after losing Kamran Akmal as his partner went for 29. The West Indian juggernaut smashed five boundaries and a six off it to ensure Peshawar didn’t lose any momentum after the dismissal of the set batsman. He finished with 44 off 21 balls to once again underline why he is such a dangerous asset to have in the shortest format of the game.
Shane Watson PSL’s best batsman so far
It’s hard to believe that Shane Watson is 37 years old and retired from international cricket three years ago. The veteran opener doesn’t bowl anymore but continues to prove his worth with the bat as his remarkable unbeaten 91 at the top of the order inspired Quetta to the win as well as the top of the table.
Wahab Riaz continues to be plagued by inconsistency
Wahab is currently fifth on the list of highest wicket-takers in this year’s PSL with 10 wickets to his name so it may seem a little unfair to criticise the left-arm pacer. However, he has been blowing hot and cold this season. He began the PSL superbly, with figures of 2-18 and 3-17 in his first two games but he has gone for 37 and 38 runs in two of his last three games without taking a wicket in either of them. Those two games sandwiched a great performance in which he claimed 2-20. Sammy would want more reliability and consistency from one of his main pacers though.
Peshawar Zalmi let down in the field
Peshawar had arguably been the best fielding side in the tournament so far but were let down in the field by the usually reliable Hasan Ali. The pacer, who failed to take a wicket tonight, dropped both Watson and Ahmed Shehzad early in their knocks. Both batsmen went on to score half-centuries and took the game away from Peshawar with a 129-run stand.