Nail-biting finish sees Gladiators through to PSL final

Nail-biting finish sees Gladiators through to PSL final

SHARJAH: Spinner Muhammad Nawaz defended 7 runs off last six and then two runs off last three deliveries to snatch a certain win from Peshawar Zalmi’s jaws and send Quetta Gladiators to the final of Pakistan Super League.

With Zalmi chasing 201, the team looked certain to win the first playoff, but they just couldn’t keep their nerves in control off last over and failed to score required 7 runs.

Captain Darren Sammy scored 5 off first three deliveries, but the next three deliveries had something else in the bag. Chris Jordan was caught behind on 4th, while Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali were run out on 5th and 6th delivery of the over as Gladiators won the game by one run.

Before the breathtaking final over, tremendous batting display by Muhammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan, and entertaining batting by Shahid Afridi had brought Zalmi near to victory.

Chasing a mammoth target of 201 in 20 overs, Zalmi got a devastating start by losing two top wickets of Kamran Akmal and Marlon Samuels with just three runs on the board in two overs.

But then, the former T20i captain of Pakistan Muhammad Hafeez along with Dawid Malan orchestrated the fight back for Zalmis and added 139 runs for the third wicket in 72 deliveries.

Hafeez six sixes and five boundaries to score brilliant 77 from 47 deliveries before being caught by Saad Naseem near the boundary line at covers off Muhammad Nawaz’s delivery.

Dawid Malan scored 56 from 29 deliveries, smashing one six and stroking eight shots towards the fence before being caught and bowled by Tymal Mills on a slower one.

Shahid Afridi smashed four sixes and one four to score 34 off 13 deliveries before being caught by Muhammad Nawaz near the boundary line.


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