Hasan Ali is pumped up after a wicket © PSL
Peshawar Zalmi 146 for five (Imam 52, Malan 38, Junaid 2-27) beat Multan Sultans 145 (Charles 53, Hasan Four-17) by 5 wickets
How the sport unfolded
A trio of Hasan Ali four-fors has now led to a trio of wins for Peshawar Zalmi because the quick bowler produced one other incisive spell earlier than Imam-Ul-Haq’s half-century arrange a five-wicket win over Multan Sultans. After hanging on the primary ball of the chase to lure Liam Livingstone lbw two matches earlier in Zalmi’s win over Karachi Kings, Hasan struck on the second ball of the match on Sunday to say one other Englishman early in proceedings as James Vince was bowled by an outstanding supply that seamed again to get Zalmi off to a scorching begin.
But it surely was Zalmi’s scorching end in each innings that finally received them the match. Hasan’s started the 19th with the wicket of Shoaib Malik to spark a sequence of six wickets in 12 balls as Sultans went from 140 for Four to 145 all out, successfully letting Johnson Charles’ 28-ball half-century go to waste.
After Imam was controversially given out for 52 within the 17th over off the bowling of Junaid Khan, Sultans string of dot-ball stress constructed by Junaid and Mohammad Irfan was finally damaged by Kieron Pollard. 4 consecutive sixes took the equation from 31 off 16 balls right down to underneath a run-a-ball with two overs left earlier than Daren Sammy finally clipped the profitable single within the ultimate over with two balls to spare.
Zalmi had been electrical within the subject however two moments stood out. Imam produced a sensational diving effort at deep midwicket to show a Charles six right into a wicket off Umaid Khan within the tenth over. However Dawid Malan outdid Imam with a one-handed leaping effort at deep sq. leg to ship Dan Christian again initially of the 16th.
Hasan produced a triple-wicket over for the second time in three matches. He started the 19th getting Shoaib edging one down the leg facet that was given not out on subject however overturned on DRS. Two balls later Shahid Afridi fell slogging him to long-on earlier than Hammad Azam was trapped with one other ball that seamed in sharply.
Pollard ensured Zalmi weren’t onerous accomplished by the third umpire’s (mis)judgment on the Imam dismissal by clattering Irfan over the ropes at sq. leg, long-off after which twice over further cowl on the final 4 balls of the 18th over of Zalmi’s chase for a 24-run over.
Star of the day
Toss up between Hasan and Imam. Zalmi have discovered it troublesome to win matches on days when Hasan goes quiet however he erupted once more in Sharjah on Sunday. Imam’s half-century was well-paced however arguably his diving catch on the boundary to get Charles had a higher impression on the match at a time when Charles was scorching it.
The massive miss
You’ll be able to’t spell third umpire with out ire and Rashid Riaz drew Zalmi’s together with his curious name to uphold Imam’s lbw dismissal by Junaid at a crucial second of the chase. Replays appeared to obviously present Junaid had no a part of his entrance foot behind the road. Zalmi’s dugout, to not point out Danny Morrison on TV commentary, had been livid that a no-ball was not known as to permit Imam’s innings to proceed, although it wound up not impacting the ultimate outcome.
The place the groups stand
Zalmi’s third win now strikes them into second place, equal with Islamabad United on six factors however forward of Islamabad United on web run price. Sultans stay within the cellar with Karachi Kings on two factors, although Sultans are formally fifth with a greater web run price.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo’s USA correspondent @PeterDellaPenna
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