Afridi storm destroyed Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 | 0

After losing against Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators was still on the top position of PSL point table but yesterday, they faced another major defeat against Peshawar Zalmi which is also one of the three most potential opponent of the title. Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta by the help of hard hitter Shahid Afridi who simply destroyed opponent bowlers. He scored unbeaten 45 runs by playing 23 balls. Afridi made his innings with three 4’s and three 6’s. He led the team from the front and got them a most important victory. Though, he was not awarded the best player of the match but the award was given to Mohammad Asghar who tied Quetta innings within few runs by taking three wickets. That was the last group stage match for the bot teams and now they are claimed the top two position of the point table where Zalmi promoted to the top and Quetta demoted to the second position. The both participants have almost confirmed their position in the playoff stage but rest two teams have yet to be confirmed. There is only one group stage match left which will be staged between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings in next 26th February, 2017.

In the second match of the 25th February at Dubai Stadium, Zalmi won the toss and Quetta came to bat. In the second over of the innings, Asghar who was the Zalmi top bowler, attacked first and took Asad Shafiq with just 3 runs. In the same over, Ahmed Shehzad was his second prey. So, losing two wickets instantly, Quetta was in trouble and Pietersen and Rossouw took the lead of the match and added almost 85 runs to the scorecard. Though, Pietersen scored 41 runs but he took too much balls to do it where Rossouw did the same mistake. SO, after their departure, their are only few overs left to make the score bigger. But, playing under pressure, Quetta players could not added more runs but finished the innings with 128 runs by losing all wickets as well as all overs too. Mohammad Asghar took highest three wickets where Hasan Ali and Riaz took two wickets each.

Came to chase, Zalmi started to dominate the opponent bowlers as well as continuously lost their wickets but in the meantime, Afridi came up and made a destructive innings and get them an amazing victory in 19.2 overs.

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