September 22, 2023

PSL 7: Islamabad’s victorious start, defeating Zalmi by 9 wickets

Alex Hales hit an unbeaten 82 off 54 balls with 13 fours and a six while Rahmanullah scored 27 off 16 balls.


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In the fifth match of the event played at the National Stadium in Karachi, Islamabad United won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Zalmai’s first loss came on the third ball of the first over of the match. Tom Kohler Cadmore lost the wicket on Hassan Ali’s ball without scoring a run.

After him Peshawar Zalmi batsman Yasir Khan also got out, he scored 14 runs off 9 balls with the help of 3 fours and was caught by Shadab Khan on the bowling of Faheem Ashraf.

After that Haider Ali also returned to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs off 13 balls on Shadab Khan’s ball.

Islamabad United had to bear the fourth loss in the form of Hussain Talat, who scored a half-century in the last match, who made 2 runs off the ball of Faheem Ashraf.

After losing four wickets for 35 runs, Sharfin Rutherford came to the aid of veteran Shoaib Malik and both started advancing the score.

Playing responsibly, the duo put on a 73-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Peshawar Zalmi’s fifth wicket fell at 108, when Shoaib Malik hit 25 off 22 balls with the help of a six and two fours to become Muhammad Waseem’s wicket.

Rutherford, at the other end, continued his excellent batting and scored a half-century.

He also put up a 51-run stand with Ben Cutting, who scored 26, but Hassan Ali scattered his wickets in the 19th over of the innings.

Peshawar Zalmi scored 168 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the stipulated overs. Rutherford played an innings of 70 runs off 46 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 7 fours.

Hassan Ali and Faheem Ashraf took two wickets each for Islamabad United.

When Islamabad United started chasing the target, the openers gave the team an aggressive start and completed half a century in just three overs.

Paul Sterling and Alex Hales took the offensive line and completed the fifty off just 18 balls with a four off Usman Qadir.

The openers gave the team a winning start of 112 runs within 10 overs after which Sterling was run out and returned to the pavilion. He played an innings of 57 runs off 25 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes.

After that, Rehmanullah Garbaz came to support Hales and both of them played their best and led their team to victory without any further loss.

Islamabad United easily achieved the target just before 25 balls and started the event with a magnificent victory of 9 wickets.

Alex Hales hit an unbeaten 82 off 54 balls with 13 fours and a six while Rahmanullah scored 27 off 16 balls.

It should be noted that in the history of PSL, both the teams have played 16 matches against each other so far in which Peshawar Zalmi won 8 and Islamabad United won 7 matches while one match could not be played.

Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field against Peshawar Zalmi in a match played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Earlier, the second match of the event was played two days ago between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators which was won by Peshawar Zalmi by 5 wickets.

The second match will be played today between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in Karachi and this match will start at 7:30 pm.

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