Peshawar Zalmi beat Lahore Qalandars by three wickets

Darren Sammy's men achieved their 60-run target with three overs to spare


Azeem Siddiqui February 12, 2017
PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Brilliant captaincy from Brendon McCullum nearly sealed an spectacular victory for his team but it was Peshawar Zalmi who registered their second win of the tournament at Dubai Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Chasing just 60 runs to win the match, it was expected that Zalmi's will achieve the target with ease. However, some outstanding leadership from former New Zealand captain McCullum took the game to the 17th over, when Peshawar finally achieved the target with seven wickets down.

England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan finished the innings with the top score of 23 off 26 balls with the help of three fours.

For Lahore, leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled an outstanding spell, where he picked up four wickets and just gave away six runs in his four overs.

Earlier, Peshawar captain Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to bowl first.

His decision paid instant dividend as Lahore kept losing wickets at a regular interval and were eventually bowled out for just 59 runs in the 11th over.

Middle-order batsman Fakhar Zaman finished the innings with top score of 33 off 19 balls with the help of four fours and one six.

For Peshawar, pacer Hasan Ali claimed three, whereas England's Chris Jordan picked two wickets.

Presentation: 

Yasir Shah (Man of the match): I want to thank the Almighty. My captain supported me a lot. I tried to attack because there was not a lot of runs on the board, so my goal was to pick wickets because that was the only way we could’ve won the match.

Brendon McCullum: It’s not often when you get out for 60 and then take opposition’s seven wickets, but I guess in those kind of situations, it’s attacking mindset which actually helps. We wanted to attack but the pitch was not that bad. Credit to the boys who kept fighting. We’ve only won one out of three matches, but we are playing really well. I am happy where we sit at the moment and hopefully we can improve.

Darren Sammy: After that kind of bowling performance, we thought it would be easy, but it was an ugly win, and sometimes it’s ok. I don’t think the coach will be too happy with the batting performance. After the first game where we scored 190, everyone thought the pitch is a flat, but it’s not that easy.



PES 60-7 (17 0vers)

Five off the over.

Grant Elliot to start his first over.



PES 55-7 (16 0vers)

Just two off the over.

Fakhar Zaman to start his first over.



PES 53-7 (15 0vers)

Just one off the over.

Bilawal Bhatti to start his new over.



PES 52-7 (14 0vers)



Yasir Shah to bowl his last over.



PES 51-6 (13 0vers)

Just three off the over.

Bilawal Bhatti to start his new over.



PES 48-6 (12 0vers)

Just one run and a wicket off the over.





Yasir Shah to continue.



PES 47-4 (11 0vers)







Narine to bowl his last over.



PES 36-3 (10 0vers)

Just three off the over.

Yasir Shah to continue.



PES 33-3 (9 0vers)

Seven off the over. A good one for Zalmi

Bilawal Bhatti to continue.



PES 26-3 (8 0vers)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over.



Yasir Shah to start his first over.

PES 24-2 (7 0vers)

Just four off the over.

Bilawal Bhatti to start his first over.



PES 20-2 (6 0vers)

11 off the over, a good one for Zalmi.





Mohammad Irfan to start his first over of the day.



PES 9-2 (5 0vers)

Just a single off the over.

Narine to continue.



PES 8-2 (4 0vers)

Just three off the over.

Tanvir to continue.



PES 5-2 (3 0vers)

Just one run and a wicket off the over.



Narine to continue.



PES 4-1 (2 0vers)

A run and a wicket of the over.



Sohail Tanvir to start his first over.



PES 3-0 (1 0ver)

Just three off the over.

So it's Mohammad Hafeez and Malan to open for Zalmi, whereas Sunil Narine to start for Lahore.



LHR 59 (11 over)





Jordan to start his new over.



LHR 59-8 (10 over)

Just two off the over and a wicket.



Shahid Afridi to start his first over.



LHR 57-7 (9 over)

Just four runs and a wicket.



Wahab Riaz to start his new over.



LHR 53-6 (8 over)

A run and a wicket of the over. Great stuff from Zalmi.



Mohammad Hafeez to continue.



LHR 52-5 (7 over)

Just five off the over and a wicket. Another good one for the Zalmi's.



Wahab Riaz to start his first over.



LHR 47-4 (6 over)

12 runs off the over. A good for Qalandars.





Hasan Ali to continue.



LHR 35-4 (5 over)

Eight off the over.



Chris Jordan to start his new over.



LHR 27-4 (4 over)

Just seven runs a wicket off the over.



Hasan Ali to continue.



LHR 20-3 (3 over)

11 off the over, a good one for Lahore.



Mohammad Hafeez to start his first over.

LHR 9-3 (2 over)







Hasan Ali to start his first over.



LHR 5-1 (1 over)

Just five runs and a wicket off the over.





So it's Brendon McCullum and Jason Roy to open for Lahore, whereas left-arm spinner Asghar to start for Peshawar.



TOSS: The news from the middle is Darren Sammy have won the toss and decided that Peshawar will bowl first.

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