Quetta Gladiators qualified for PSL 2 final

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 | 0

Yesterday in the 1st qualifying match in PSL2 between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta beat Zalmi by just one run and moved to the PSL 2 final for second time. It is needed to mention that, Quetta was also one of the two finalist of last season of Pakistan Super League. Earlier yesterday at local time 21:00, the game started at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah where Quetta presented a ton of runs in front of Zalmi. They scored just 200 runs in selected 20 overs. Zalmi was about to win the match but after reaching 199 runs, they still had three balls in hand but lost consecutive three wickets and their dream was broken. But now, they have still a chance to move to the final by 2nd qualifier round where they will face the winner of the eliminator round.

Earlier yesterday, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and let Quetta to bat first. So, came to bat, Quetta started to play very carefully with their top openers Ahmed Shehzad and Wright. But, English Wright could not last long in this match but Ahmed Shehzad stood with next batsman Pietersen. Shehzad finally played a longer innings and scored 71 runs in 38 balls. He totally hitted seven 4’s and four 6’s. On the other hand, Pietersen scored 40 runs in 22 balls. Most of the players of Quetta played well but two players faced bad luck and being run out named Sarfraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali. However, at the end of their innings, they scored 200 runs by losing seven wickets.

The score was pretty much even for Peshawar Zalmi and since the beginning of chasing, they lost two wickets within just three runs. But later, in the 3rd wicket partnership, Malan and Hafeez made things possible and added almost 140 runs to the scoreboard. Their partnership gave hope to the team to victory . Hafeez scored highest 77 runs where Malan scored 56 runs so far. The breakthrough came up by Mohammad Nawaz when he took Hafeez. Later, Afridi started to hit and hit. He made four over boundaries and a boundary in his 13 balls innings. Finally, in last over, they needed just eight runs to win but they completely failed that time but lost three wickets in last three balls and the hat trick. So, they lost by just one run so far.

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