PSL 2019

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

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

 

In the final of this year’s HBL PSL 2019 – Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi, a very strong all-around performance by the Gladiators led them to their maiden PSL trophy.

Match Report

The stage was set, the moment was here for which we had all been waiting for. Quetta Gladiators were up against the Zalmis for yet another time in this year’s PSL as they battled for the Ultimate Bragging Rights – The PSL Trophy! A number of notable figures were present as the closing ceremony commenced.

This was a rematch of the 2017’s edition of the PSL final where Peshawar defeated Quetta by a massive 58 runs. Looking to avenge the loss of that match, Quetta won the toss and elected to field first.

Line-ups followed:

1st Innings: Gladiators stamp their authority

Quetta started as if they really meant business today. Giving nothing away in the first couple of overs, they kept the scoring rate at bay. This induced error from Imam (3) as he danced down the track to a vicious short ball from Hasnain, skying it straight to mid-off. Kamran Akmal looked dangerous as he smashed Nawaz for three boundaries.

However, Kamran soon faltered as Nawaz had the last laugh.

Quetta remained on top of Zalmi as they never really allowed them to settle. Nawaz tried to bring some poise to the innings but he never really got support from the other end. Sohaib had yet another forgettable outing as he went for 20, giving Bravo his first if the final. Umar Amin soon faltered to Hasnain for 38 as Peshawar crumbled under pressure. Nabi Gul (9), Pollard (7), Wahab (12) and Sammy (18) all fell cheaply as Quetta restricted Peshawar to a score of 138/8 in their 20 in what was a monumental bowling effort.

For an 18 year old, Muhammad Hasnain bowled a terrific spell as he was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 30 in his 4.

2nd Innings: Quetta ease through

Quetta started off really well with the bat as well. Despite losing their leading run-scorer, Shane Watson (7), in this PSL early, they didn’t choke this time around as Ahmed Shahzad showed the selectors of Pakistan, once again, what they are missing. He played some scintillating shots early on and was very well supported at the other end by Ahsan Ali. Ahsan Ali scored a very brisk 25 off 18 before faltering to Wahab.

Ahmed Shahzad, however, kept on playing his game as he brought up his well-deserved half-century.

He got another good partner in Rossouw as the pair were involved in another terrific stand of 73 runs. Rossouw also played a smashing inning of 38 as he remained unbeaten. Ahmed Shahzad (58) got the honor of carrying the bat in the final as Quetta easily managed their way to the total in 17.2 overs.

Quetta – Champions of the 4th edition of PSL

Quetta put in a massive performance in the final, avenging their loss from the 2nd edition against the same opposition. They were immaculate with the ball, restricting the mighty Zalmis to a score of mere 138 and were equally as good with the bat. Ahmed Shahzad, after a slow start to the tournament, showed his class as he carried the bat in the final. With this, Quetta won their 1st PSL as the lifted the trophy of the 4th edition of Pakistan Super League.

Moment of the match

The final of the PSL had a number of mesmerizing moments, from the wonderful closing ceremony to the World Cup winning footballer, Carles Puyol, in attendance, the final had it all as it lived up to it’s hype. However, in cricketing terms, the moment of the match had to be Kamran’s dismissal after hitting Nawaz for 14 in the same over.

Man of the Match

 

Accolades

Batting

Shane Watson leads the charts with 430 runs.

Bowling

Hasan Ali tops this list with 22 wickets.

With this, the PSL 2019 is concluded. It was a thrilling season once again with so many last-minute twists and exciting clashes. We hope to see the whole PSL played in Pakistan in 2020.

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