If the Karachi-Lahore encounter in the ongoing Pakistan Super League last night was not enough entertainment, then today you will be able to see two table leaders battle it out in Sharjah.
Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators take on Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi in the ninth match of the tournament.
Quetta have two wins in their kitty from the first three matches (four points) with the only loss coming against defending champions Islamabad United.
Meanwhile, Peshawar are also on four points but have managed a better net run-rate to find themselves on the top with four points.
Today’s first fixture will decide who will dominate the PSL points table.
Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.
Mohammad Hafeez, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Eoin Morgan, Shakib ul Hasan, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
For just the second time in 32 years, a match at the Sharjah Cricket Ground has been abandoned due to rain.
Over 1: QG 0-0
Rain has delayed the start of the chase. We will be back as soon as the match nears resumption. The cut-off time is 1958 PST, if match doesn’t start till then, it will be called off.
Over 16: PZ 117-3
No boundary conceded in the first five balls and the Sri Lankan ends it with a dot.
Thisara Perera to bowl the last over.
Over 15: PZ 113-3
Peshawar will want to make the most out of the last over.
SIXx2! Tamim Iqbal punishes Babar. They need quick runs on the board.
Over 14: PZ 97-3
Fourteen runs off the over.
SIX followed by a FOUR in the OVER! Sohaib takes the aerial route while Tamim beats wide long on.
Over 13: PZ 72-3
11 runs off the over.
SIX! Tamim goes for the slog sweep.
Match resumes… again
Only one ball bowled and the match has been stopped again. Amongst all this drama, Islamabad United team has arrived in the ground for the next match against Karachi Kings.
Over 12: PZ 72-3
The match has been reduced to 18-overs a side. Zalmi have six more to bat.
Rain has interrupted play again. We might lose some over in this match if it doesn’t stop quickly.
FOUR! Sohaib Maqsood drives it towards extra cover.
Over 11: PZ 65-3
Four runs from another over. Quetta holding the run flow.
Over 10: PZ 61-3
Four runs off the over.
Over 9: PZ 57-3
FOUR! Sohaib uses backfoot to power it towards midwicket.
Over 8: PZ 50-3
SIX! Tamim Iqbal goes bang over wide long-on.
Sohaib Maqsood joins Tamim.
FIRST BALL WICKET! And that too of Eoin Morgan. The ball turn sharply, takes and edge and first slip bags it easily.
Rilee Rossouw has the ball now. Part-time spin!
Over 7: PZ 42-2
One run and a wicket, Quetta have tightened their grip on the match after the rain.
OUT! In-form Kamran Akmal caught by Asad Shafiq for a duck.
Hasan Khan now, more spin!
Over 6: PZ 41-1
OUT! Hafeez mishits it and Hasan at mid-on tracks back to cup it.
FOUR! Hafeez sweeps it behind square.
Mahmudullah has been given the ball now. More spin on this rank-turner.
Over 5: PZ 34-0
Four off the over.
Over 4: PZ 30-0
Eight runs off the over.
The match starts again.
And it is pouring down in Sharjah which means the play has been halted.
FOUR! Iqbal comes down the pitch to loft it over the leg-side fielder.
Anwar Ali brings some pace in the match.
Over 3: PZ 22-0
FOUR! Iqbal continues to pounce on Zulfiqar.
Over 2: PZ 15-0
FOUR! A pull shot from Hafeez towards midwicket boundary.
Mohammad Nawaz to try his spin.
Over 1: PZ 11-0
FOUR! Iqbal sweeps it towards leg-side boundary.
Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez to open for Zalmi.
Zulfiqar Babar to begin bowling for Gladiators.
Toss: Quetta won the toss and elected to field first.