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Peshawar Zalmi 176 for three (Umar Amin 54*, Pollard 52*) beat Multan Sultans 172 for five (Charles 57, Vince 41) by seven wickets
How the sport performed out
Twin fifties by Umar Amin and Kieron Pollard helped Peshawar Zalmi surge previous Multan Sultans’ whole of 172 in a seven-wicket win at Dubai.
Sultans received off to a red-hot begin reaching 65 for 1 within the Powerplay, after being despatched in, and continued to cruise behind Johnson Charles’ 26-ball half-century. However after Charles fell within the 13th at 114 for two, there was no ending kick.
By comparability, Zalmi had a a lot slower begin however paced their chase properly. Amin performed the anchor function in a 50-run third-wicket stand with Imam-Ul-Haq earlier than persevering with to play second fiddle to Pollard of their unbeaten 91-run stand. His seventh 4 in a 37-ball 54 ensured Zalmi received throughout the road with 4 balls to spare.
The outcome completes a season sweep for Zalmi over Sultans after they overcame one other Charles half-century simply 4 days earlier.
playzero:40Pollard smashes three consecutive sixes to show sport
Kieron Pollard hit a 27-ball 52 together with three sixes in a row as Peshawar Zalmi beat Multan Sultans.
Charles received going within the sixth over, hitting Wahab Riaz for 4 boundaries within the over. Six of his eight fours wound up coming off the left-arm fast, together with the one which introduced up Sultans’ hundred within the 11th over.
Liam Dawson received fortunate within the 13th when a half-tracker stayed very low to slide beneath Charles’ tried pull, bowling him for 57.
Zalmi wanted 54 off 26 balls and Pollard was on 14 when he skied a pull off Mohammad Irfan to Charles at deep midwicket, however the fielder fumbled a reasonably straightforward probability. Pollard struck Junaid for six over midwicket off the very subsequent ball he confronted within the 17th, then clubbed three sixes in a row to finish the 18th and produce up a 25-ball 50. Out of the blue, Zalmi solely wanted 13 off 12 balls.
Star of the day
Zalmi’s pedestrian Powerplay – 39 for two – meant they had been behind the asking fee for a lot of the innings earlier than Pollard got here to the crease within the 12th over. After getting off the mark with a six in opposition to Shahid Afridi, he made the a lot of the second life provided by Charles. Within the span of three balls, he took the required fee down from greater than 12 to a shade over six heading into the ultimate two overs.
The massive miss
Imam went to drag a superb size ball from Mohammad Ilyas within the fifth over however missed in an enormous manner, leading to a extreme blow to the unmentionables. After a four-minute delay for therapy from the physio, he was lastly capable of resume on 10 and finally made 39 earlier than he was stumped charging Afridi.
The place the groups stand
Zalmi’s fourth win attracts them stage with Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on eight factors, however they prime the desk due to a vastly superior web run-rate. Sultans stay in fifth place on 4 factors, fractionally forward of Karachi Kings on web run-rate.