PSL 2019

PSL 2019 Qualifier: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (Post-Match)

PSL 2019 Qualifier: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Post-Match

 

In the qualifier of PSL 2019 – Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, Watson’s fireworks with the bat and his crucial last over took the Gladiators to the final.

Match Report

PSL 2019 arrived at the business end today as Peshawar and Quetta squared off in the first Qualifier, with the winner getting a place in the Final. Peshawar have been a force to be reckoned as they topped the group stage. Quetta, on the other hand, has also been on the song as they finished just below Peshawar in the standings of Pakistan Super League.

With all to play for, Peshawar won the toss and chose to bowl first.

1st Innings: Watto lightens up the city of lights

Peshawar once again, a wicket in the 2nd over.

What a start once again as Mills got the man in form, Ahmed Shahzad, cheaply for 1. After that, it was all Gladiators as Ahsan Ali and Watto smashed every bowler out of the park.

The Karachi fans were in awe of Watto and he didn’t disappoint as he played one of the innings of this year’s PSL.

Peshawar were shell shocked as Watson brought up another half-century in this year’s PSL.

Ahsan Ali also provided good support from the other end as the pair were involved in a gigantic partnership of 111 runs. The partnership was finally broken when Wahab got Watson clean bowled for 71. Ahsan Ali (46) soon followed him back after being trapped plumb in front by Sameen.

Quetta found themselves with 2 new batsmen at the crease as Peshawar slowed the run rate down. Quetta’s middle order batsmen got starts but none of them went on to get a big score as wickets tumbled and Peshawar restricted them to a total of 186/6 in their 20. Wahab stood out with figures of 2 for 26 in his 4.

2nd Innings: Quetta, the Gladiators

Peshawar had to start off well while chasing a big target under pressure and Kamran Akmal did just that, hitting Nawaz for a four straight down his throat. Imam partnered him and both the batsmen started off well but Quetta quickly bounced back as they started picking up wickets.

Kamran Akmal (22) was the first one when he fell to Hasnain, Rossouw taking a great catch in the deep. Sohaib Maqsood (7) fell soon after, playing a poor shot as Nawaz took a simple caught and bowled. Fawad Ahmed got hit on the face and had to leave the field as Rossouw took up his over and got off to a perfect start, bowling out Imam (23) on his very first delivery. Dawson (5) and Misbah (18) got out quickly as the run rate crept up and Quetta took control of the match.

The Calypso Kings bring the party

With Peshawar almost down and out of the game at 90/5 in 13 overs, Pollard and Sammy arrived at the crease. Both the batsmen played out of their skins as they kept themselves in the game with their fighting spirit. Pollard found the gaps while Sammy smashed the bowlers out of the park as they brought themselves within touching distance, bringing up the fifty run stand as well.

Quetta hold their nerves

Quetta, however, bounced back with a good couple of overs from Tanvir and Bravo. With 21 needed off the last over, Watson came on to bowl. This was a very big gamble as he was about to bowl his very first over in this year’s PSL. However, he brought in all of his experience as he bowled Pollard and Sammy got run-out. With this, Peshawar could only manage 176/7 in their 20 as Quetta wrapped up proceedings, winning the match by 10 runs.

All not lost for Peshawar

Quetta win the first qualifier and with this, they have qualified for the finals. It was a great performance, both with the bat and ball as Shane Watson led his team to an emphatic victory. Peshawar, meanwhile, will be gutted but they still have one more shot at redemption as they play the winner of Eliminator 1, the winner going to the final.

Moment of the Match

The moment of the match has to be Shane Watson’s match-winning last over as Quetta make it to the final.

Man of the Match

Watson got the man of the match award for his brilliant batting and last over.

Up Next

Up next tomorrow, we have the first eliminator which sees Islamabad United taking on Karachi Kings. The loser exits the tournament while the winner takes on Peshawar in the 2nd Eliminator of Pakistan Super League 4.

Who do you think will PSL 4’s trophy? Let us know in the comments.

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