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Khawaja stars as United register narrow victory over Zalmi

Match 26 is being played in Abu Dhabi

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
Posted: Jun 17, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago

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Usman Khawaja starred as Islamabad United registered a narrow 15-run victory over Peshawar Zalmi in match 26 of the Pakistan Super League 2021.

While chasing a record 248-run target, Wahab Riaz’s men went off to a disastrous start as they lost key wicket of Hazratullah Zazai on first ball of the innings.

However, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik steady the ship for the team.

Akmal departed after scoring 53 off 32 balls while Malik was the pick of the batsmen as he scored magnificent 68 off 36 balls.

Zalmi ended up just 14 runs short from the mammoth target. They scored 232 for six in their allotted 20 overs.

For United, young pacer Akif Javed was pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of 3-43 in his four over spell.

Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Khawaja and Colin Munro provided a solid start to United. Munro was unlucky as he departed after notching 48 off 28 balls.

Asif Ali, who was promoted up in the order, continued his great form with the bat as he played an excellent cameo of 43 off just 14 delivers. 

Meanwhile, Australia opener went on to score his maiden PSL ton. Khawaja remained unbeaten on 105 off 56 balls.

For Zalmi, Shoaib Malik was pick of the bowlers as he ended up with figures of 1-14 in his two-over spell.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We will join in the next game of the night. Till then, its goodbye.

That’s it. What a great win for Islamabad United. Brilliant performance.

At the end of the innings:

232-6 (20 overs)

Husain Talat gets his second wicket of the night.

Huge wicket for Islamabad United

Akif Javed is on fire.

OUT! Third wicket for young Akif Javed in the match as he removes Rovman Powell, who departed after scoring just 14.

PZ 128-4 (12.3 overs)

At half-way stage

PZ 93-3 (10 overs)

Big wicket for Islamabad United

OUT! Hussain Talat gets rid of dangerous Kamran Akmal, who departed after scoring 53 off 32 balls.

At the end of powerplay

PZ 55-2 (6 overs)

Another big wicket for Islamabad United

Great start for Islamabad United

OUT! Akif Javed picked up an early wicket as Hazratullah Zazai departs without troubling the scorers

PZ 0-1 (0.1 overs)

We are back for the second innings of tonight’s fixture.

We will see Peshawar Zalmi’s response in the second-half. Join us then.

This is the highest total in the history of PSL by any franchise. Previously, it was United’s record where they managed to post 238 against Lahore Qalandars in the match in Karachi.

A superb finish by Islamabad United to set a record 248-run target against Peshawar Zalmi.

End of innings

IU 247-2 (20 overs)

Special innings from Usman Khawaja.

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