Sharjah – It was really a dramatic finish when Quetta Gladiators snatched the win from Peshawar Zalmi and reached the final of the Pakistan Super League after the end of the first playoff.
A poor shot by Hasan Ali on the last ball of the innings sealed Zalmi’s fate and he was run out by Sarfraz.
Batting heroics by Mohammad Hafeez, Malan and Shahid Afridi failed to push their side towards victory in what was a nail-biting finish at the Sharjah Stadium. This was the second straight one run victory for the Gladiators.
Afridi got busy from the get go and punished the bowlers with long-distance sixes. Afridi’s presence on the pitch was troublesome for Zalmi’s bowling attack. He was finally caught on a ball by Anwar Ali, ending his onslaught that put 34 on the scoreboard in 13 balls.
Hafeez and DJ Malan’s 139-run partnership put Peshawar Zalmi on the front foot, covering up earlier losses suffered by the side.
Hafeez’s brutal knock of 77 runs off 47 balls and Malan’s half-century turned the match around in what could have been a one-sided affair.
His aggressive innings was punctuated by five fours and six sixes till he was finally caught by Saad Nasim on the cover boundary off a ball by Mohammad Nawaz.