Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets in the seventh match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The match ended on the second last ball of the second innings as Anwar Ali edges one past the keeper and first slip when Quetta needed one run off two balls. The Gladiators also became the first team to bag three wins on the trot in the inaugural PSL.
Kevin Pietersen played an instrumental knock of 35 runs to guide his team home while chasing a 136-run target. Sarfraz Ahmed was the second best batsman with 21 off 24 balls.
Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz bagged two wicket each for Peshawar.
Earlier, Peshawar managed 135-7 against Quetta after they were sent in to bat first.
Peshawar had lost five wickets for a score of 59 runs when Darren Sammy came in and scored 48 off 31 balls with the help of four maximums and one boundary. He was supported by a 25-ball 21-run innings by Shahid Yousuf.
For Quetta, left-arm spinner Muhammad Nawaz was once again the pick of the bowlers. In his four over, he accounted for three Peshawar batsmen, giving away only 29 runs.
Most colorful innings award goes to Darren Sammy.
Muhammad Nawaz is the man of the match for his three wickets from four overs: “I am trying to execute basics. I try to bowl according to the situation. I hope to perform with the bat as well.”
Shahid Afridi: “I congratulate Quetta for the win. The match was very competitive. We need more spinners, but the combination at the moment is great. Win and loss aside, matches should be entertaining.”
Sarfraz Ahmed: “When two good teams are playing such a nail-biter is expected. Chigumbura was a surprise selection and he brought us back at the end. We selected the team which had been playing for four-five years. I am trying to calm down but you tend to get hyper when the whole team is looking up to you.”
Quetta Gladiators: A Shehzad, L Wright, K Pietersen, E Chigumbura, M Nabi, *+S Ahmed, Akbar-ur-Rehman, M Nawaz, Z Babar, U Gul, and A Ali.
Peshawar Zalmi: M Hafeez, T Iqbal, D Malan, +K Akmal, S Yousuf, *S Afridi, D Sammy, W Riaz, J Khan, M Asghar, and S Tait.
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QUE 139-7 (19.5 overs)
Edged and the ball runs past the keeper and first slip to the boundary. Quetta with three wins on the trot in the inaugural PSL.
Chigumbura takes a single off a leg-bye.
Chigumbura beaten. 2 needed off 3 now.
FOUR! Short yet again and pulled by Chigumbura for a boundary. Afridi is laughing.
Another short-pitched delivery and umpire says its an over-head wide. 6 off 5.
Short ball and beats Chigumbura.
Wahab bowls the last over.
QUE 129-7 (19 overs)
SIX! Anwar Ali from nowhere pulls a rabbit. Clears long-off. Just seven off the last over now. Can Wahab defend seven runs?
Full-toss and a only a single from long-off.
Single by Anwar and Chigumbura will now face Tait.
Anwar takes two from deep cover.
Anwar beaten again. 17 off 10 now.
Anwar Ali hits a full-toss to short midwicket. No run.
Shaun Tait to bowl the penultimate over.
QUE 119-7 (18 overs)
Single taken on the last ball. The equation is 17 off 12 balls.
OUT! KP finds Shahid Afridi at covers. Big wicket for Peshawar. The match has taken a complete U-turn.
Short ball and Chigumbura hits it on the up towards mid-on for a single.
Yorker and dot to start. Only a single off the second ball. Elton Chigumbura faces now. Slow ball and Chigumbura is beaten.
Junaid Khan to bowl a very important over. 20 off 18 needed.
QUE 116-6 (17 overs)
CAUGHT BEHIND! Wahab’s short ball did the trick. Nabi edges, gloves it to the keeper.
FOUR! Timing, power, balance, poise. The shot had everything. KP with one of his confident shots.
QUE 109-5 (16 overs)
FOUR! KP playing a veteran’s innings here. A late cut earns his side a much-needed boundary.
Junaid Khan is in for his third over.
QUE 101-5 (15 overs)
FOUR! Muhammad Nabi walks in cashes a boundary towards extra cover.
STUMPED! Akbar takes the long walk back and Quetta keep losing wickets. The match has entered an interesting phase.
The big-handed Pathan, Muhammad Asghar, comes on to bowl.
QUE 96-4 (14 overs)
Six singles off the over and a strategic time out is in motion now.
Shaun Tait is back. Can he get a breakthrough here for Peshawar?
QUE 90-4 (13 overs)
FOUR! A late cut and Akbar get a boundary off the last ball.
Shahid Afridi in for his last over.
QUE 81-4 (12 overs)
OUT! Short ball, Nawaz hooks it and long leg comes into play. Catches it safely. Akbar Rehman joins the experienced KP.
FOUR! Short and Nawaz doesn’t give any respect to Wahab. Hits him over mid-on’s head.
Left-armer for left-armer, Wahab Riaz replaces Junaid Khan.
QUE 74-3 (11 overs)
OUT! Once again Lala inspires his team. Sarfraz caught at midwicket. Muhammad Nawaz is the new man in.
Shahid Afridi into his third over.
QUE 71-2 (10 overs)
FOUR! Over covers and Sarfraz slices Junaid for a boundary.
Junaid steams in round the wicket for his second over.
QUE 62-2 (9 overs)
Just four runs off the over.
Muhammad Asghar is back. Afridi tries to exploit KP’s weakness against left-arm spin.
QUE 58-2 (8 overs)
SIX! Short and KP is all over it. Midwicket and it goes 99m into the crowd.
Shahid Afridi brings Junaid Khan now. He wants wickets!
QUE 50-2 (7 overs)
Six singles off the over.
Shahid Afridi in for his second over.
QUE 44-2 (6 overs)
Another miscommunication on the last ball. KP is furious to say the least.
FOUR! Short and pulled towards square leg.
Sarfraz just survives. A confusion in the middle of the pitch with KP and Tait misses a direct hit.
Wahab Riaz has been brought in to put pressure on the newly-in batsmen.
QUE 35-2 (5 overs)
Its Pakistan T20 captain vs the T20 vice-captain now. Sarfraz walks in. Lala bowls a wicket-maiden.
BOWLED! Lala turns his magic on. Castles the in-form Luke Wright.
Shahid Afridi brings himself on!
QUE 35-1 (4 overs)
CAUGHT BEHIND! Ahmed Shehzad edges it to Kamran Akmal. He will not inspire a win today for Quetta. Kevin Pietersen is in now.
FOURx2! Luke Wright uses his fine form to push Quetta forward early in their chase.
Shaun Tait in for his second over.
QUE 24-0 (3 overs)
Twenty four runs coming off the first three overs. Asghar drops Luke Wright in the first over. Tait goes for five in the second over. A FOUR and a SIX struck in the third over off Asghar.
PES 135-7 (20 overs)
Another two taken. Junaid Khan helping Wahab at the end.
Two runs from midwicket.
Two runs from long-off.
OUT! Sammy (48) caught at long-on by Nawaz. A fine innings comes to an end.
SIX! Anwar allows full-swing and Sammy goes ballistic. Straight like a bullet!
Anwar Ali bowls the last over.
PES 120-6 (19 overs)
FOUR! Wahab Riaz walks in and makes a difference. Punches a fuller delivery straight.
CAUGHT AND BOWL! Nawaz collects a bullet fired from Yousuf’s bat.
STUMPING MISSED! Safraz is unable to collect the ball otherwise Yousuf would have had to walk back.
Muhammad Nawaz bowls the penultimate over.
PES 111-5 (18 overs)
An eventful over comes to an end with a leg bye.
SIX! Short and Sammy slaps it straight. Punch in the air and a punch-to-punch with the non-striker.
Third wide of the over. Anwar going leg side in search of a perfect yorker.
Anwar Ali is back. Starts with a wide and 100 is up for Peshawar.
PES 99-5 (17 overs)
FOUR! Flighted and Shahid Yousuf goes straight over the bowler’s head.
PES 92-5 (16 overs)
SIX! Fuller this time and on Sammy’s pads. He doesn’t leave those. Another maximum, this time towards midwicket.
SIX! Sammy slaps it flat over long leg. Typical Sammy shot.
Muhammad Nabi is in for his last over.
PES 76-5 (15 overs)
FOUR! Cut past point by Sammy.
PES 67-5 (14 overs)
Only five runs off the over.
Umar Gul runs in for his third over.
PES 62-5 (13 overs)
Zulfiqar Babar gives only three runs in the over.
PES 59-5 (12 overs)
This is how you send a batsman back after he hits you for a six.
OUT! Shahid Afridi is caught efficiently by Zulfiqar Babar on the boundary. He takes the long walk back with a duck to his name. Umar bags a brace and Peshawar are in big trouble. Darren Sammy joins Yousuf.
OUT! Umar Gul strikes for Quetta. Malan is caught behind. A brilliant diving catch by captain Sarfraz. And with that Shahid Afridi is in.
SIX! Short and flat-batted towards midwicket by Malan.
The Gul-dozer is back with his yorkers.
PES 50-3 (11 overs)
Only three runs off it. Peshawar needs a big innings from one of the batsmen to salvage the chance of a victory.
Akbar Rehman with his right-arm medium fast deliveries. Interestingly, he is using the run-up of a spinner.
PES 47-3 (10 overs)
Three runs off the over only.
Muhammad Nabi is on now. Sarfraz switching between his spinners smartly.
PES 44-3 (9 overs)
OUT! Edged and caught in covers. Kamran Akmal departs. Quetta strike again. Shahid Yousuf joins Malan.
Zulfiqar Babar now.
PES 42-2 (8 overs)
Just five runs off the over.
Muhammad Nabi is back.
PES 37-2 (7 overs)
FOUR! Cheeky shot. Just nudged-sweeped to fine leg by Malan.
Muhammad Nawaz is back for his second over.
PES 29-2 (6 overs)
Just five runs off the over. Pressure on the new Peshawar batsmen, Kamran and Malan.
Immediately Umar Gul has been brought in to find a few more wickets!
PES 24-2 (5 overs)
OUT! Hafeez goes for a sweep and is caught at short square leg. Quetta taking the offensive to Peshawar, two in-form batsmen dismissed. Kamran Akmal is the new batsman in!
KP changed the field before the ball and it worked for Quetta. Experience coming into play in the PSL. Dawid Malan is in!
OUT! Tamim Iqbal goes for a big slash and finds the midwicket fielder Muhammad Nabi.
Another left-arm spinner Muhammad Nawaz comes into action.
PES 21-0 (4 overs)
Hafeez doing what he does best, running wildly!
Left-arm spin now. Zulfiqar Babar is on!
PES 16-0 (3 overs)
FOUR! Hit beautifully past point by Tamim.
Anwar Ali in for his second over.
PES 12-0 (2 overs)
Five runs off the over. No boundaries in the first two overs. Quetta start on a strong note against in-form Tamim and Hafeez.
Spin from the other end. Muhammad Nabi has been brought on by Sarfraz.
PES 7-0 (1 over)
Hafeez just survives!
Anwar is pumped up. Sends some words to the batsman with a steaming delivery.
Tamim Iqbal and Muhammad Hafeez are opening the batting for Peshawar. Anwar Ali is going to bowl the first over for Quetta.
Toss: Quetta wins the toss and elects to bowl first
Sarfraz Ahmed: “Given the pitch is the same, we have decide to bowl first. We will try to bowl out opponents as soon as possible.”
Shahid Afridi: “We have both bowled and batted in the first innings in our previous matches. We are fine with batting first.”