The Quetta Gladiators trounced Peshawar Zalmi by eight wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi to clinch the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL). Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men claimed their maiden league title after being on the wrong end of defeat in the previous two editions.
Peshawar’s batting collapse
Openers Imamul Haq and Kamran were expected to fire like they did in the second eliminator against Islamabad United. However, the duo were dismissed quickly and the rest of the batting department came under pressure and struggled throughout the innings.
Kamran fails to perform in yet another final
The right-handed opener, on the back of his 74-run knock against Islamabad United in the second eliminator, was considered the danger man. However, the batsman was dismissed after scoring just 21 runs. Similarly, the wicketkeeper had top-scored with 77 runs in the second eliminator against Karachi Kings but got out for just one run in the final back in the 2018 edition.
Mohammad Hasnain rattles Peshawar batsmen
The young pacer ran through the Peshawar batting with his sheer pace and variation in the line and length. He finished with figures of 3-30 in four overs and was named man of the match in the final.
Umar Akmal’s fielding woes
Umar Akmal did not have a good day in the field in during the final. He could not take the ball properly and dropped Darren Sammy’s catch as well.
Ahmed Shehzad anchors the innings for Quetta
The right-handed opener once again performed well with the bat as he was the top scorer for the Quetta Gladiators with 58 off 51 deliveries in the chase of the 139-run target. He also put on crucial partnerships with Ahsan Ali and Rilee Rossouw to help the side clinch their maiden PSL title.
Umar Amin provides the only resistance for Peshawar
Peshawar’s batting was all at sea in the final and not a single batsman could provide any resistance to the Quetta bowlers except for Umar Amin, who top-scored with 38 off 33 balls. His knock helped Peshawar finished at 138-8 in 20 overs.