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Quetta Gladiators 166 for two (Watson 91*, Shehzad 50) beat Peshawar Zalmi 165 for four (Ok Akmal 72, Pollard 44*) by eight wickets
How the sport performed out
Shane Watson’s scorching unbeaten 91 moved him to the highest of the PSL 2019 run charts and helped Quetta Gladiators change into the primary crew to seal a play-off spot this season. Watson added 129 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad, to make sure that chasing the goal of 166, set by Peshawar Zalmi, turned out to be a cinch.
Zalmi paid for a conservative method by the early and center components of their innings after being despatched in to bat. Opening Andre Fletcher and Imam-Ul-Haq took up simply over a 3rd of the accessible deliveries within the innings, scoring at an similar strike-rate of underneath a-run-a-ball, offering weak assist for Kamran Akmal throughout his 72 off 50 balls.
It wasn’t till Kieron Pollard arrived with one ball to go within the 14th over that Zalmi went on the assault. Pollard struck two fours and a six off Dwayne Bravo within the 18th, then began the 19th with a trio of fours off Sohail Tanvir, however Bravo’s magnificent 20th over during which he conceded simply three runs worn out all of Zalmi’s momentum. Watson then made probably the most of some probabilities early within the chase to bully Zalmi’s bowlers over the course of 90 minutes.
Zalmi had been 162 for three heading into the ultimate over of the primary innings with Pollard buzzing on 43 off 19 balls. However he solely confronted two balls as Bravo produced a masterclass in demise bowling, his yorkers and slower balls undoing Darren Sammy and costing simply three singles.
Pollard had an opportunity to run Watson out on 19 within the fourth over of the chase when Shehzad drove Sameen Gul to mid-on. His diving cease denied 4 initially, however after attending to his toes, with the stumps on the non-strikers’ finish about 20 yards away, he missed his goal.
Not solely did PSL main wicket-taker Hasan Ali go wicketless however he spilled each Watson and Shehzad. Watson’s likelihood was a troublesome one, on 26 within the fifth over driving at mid-on the place Hasan obtained fingertips to it because the ball burst by for 4. Liam Dawson’s first ball of the day within the eighth over supplied a better likelihood, with Shehzad on 22, however Hasan could not pay money for the top-edged sweep.
Star of the day
Watson was imperious by a lot of his knock however two pictures specifically stood out. On the final ball of the seventh over, Umaid Asif tried a slower ball that landed a contact brief outdoors off stump as Watson slapped him over cowl for six. A extra mind-boggling most got here off Wahab Riaz two balls into the 18th when he carved out a large yorker over the rope at backward level.
The large miss
There have been a handful of them by Zalmi within the subject, however Pollard’s shy on the stumps with Watson weak within the fourth over started a snowball impact of poor fielding.
The place the groups stand
Gladiators now sit alone in first place on 12 factors. Zalmi are two factors behind them alone in second place, two forward of Islamabad United.