Well, here we are finally approaching to the top-thrilling contests and this first play-off proved to be an mind-boggling encounter in Pakistan Super League, between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. It was truly a tougher one and an absolute thriller. Even there was a huge crowd in the stadium, almost houseful, and they just witnessed a trembling contest. Scroll down for more!
In this 1st qualifying final, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to field. Maybe it was a good decision by them. Quetta Gladiators batted well, but the pitch seemed to be favoring the bowlers mostly, but still Quetta Gladiators kept it tight to put a defendable score on the scoreboard. The partnership of Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara proved to be a toughest one for the bowlers, but the bowlers did got a breakthrough and pulled the pressure off themselves. It was a truly terrific contest, as the bowling was absolutely tremendous and batting was all-well. Quetta Gladiators actually struggled to give the target of 134 to Peshawar Zalmi, but still they could’ve done better. They had some flaws in their batting performance but still they did well.
Now, in the 2nd innings, Peshawar Zalmi got to chase the target as it was truly achievable, but as i aforementioned that ‘it was a bowling pitch’. So, the bowlers of Quetta Gladiators were working well with the ball, they took some important wickets and put pressure on Zalmis. But well, it was Darren Sammy who stayed there a little longer or shorter, which became almost a threat for the bowlers. But the bowlers managed to pick him out. It was a truly pressure-cooking situation. Batsmen were having trouble with the spinners mostly. However, speaking up about the last over, Quetta Gladiators were on risk when they give the last over to Aizaz Cheema who bowled two No-Balls in the match and so far, he was expensive. 8 runs were needed in the last over with Wahab Riaz on strike. It was such a pressure on the bowling side, but incredibly, Aizaz Cheema has proved himself to be capable of handling the pressure-cooking situation. No doubt, Peshawar Zalmi were just a heartbeat away from winning this match, but when Wahab Riaz’s wicket was gone, it was 3 runs needed on the last ball with Asghar on strike. It didn’t worked well for them! Darren Sammy was really very disappointed when his wicket was taken at the wrong time because he is so much capable of winning a game when there are less chances. Wahab Riaz kept up as well! But overall, both the teams worked really well and congratulations to Quetta Gladiators for directly reaching the finals. Peshawar Zalmi have got a 2nd chance as they’ll play with the team which wins tomorrow in 2nd play-off of this tournament. Let’s see who is going to face Quetta Gladiators in the finals; Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United or Karachi Kings.
Watch the complete video highlights of this mind blowing match below:
What do you think about this one in the PSL? It was absolutely a joyous one for me! Everyone seemed very worried, excited to watch such a toughest contest; very close call for both sides. It was a superb contest!
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