PSL 2019

PSL Eliminator 2: Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United (Post-Match)

PSL 2019 Eliminator 2: Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Post-Match

 

In the 2nd Eliminator of this year’s PSL – Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United, a magnificent opening partnership from Kamran and Imam, followed by Pollard’s fireworks at the end took Peshawar Zalmi to yet another HBL PSL final.

Match Report

It was another full house as Peshawar faced off against Islamabad in the 2nd Eliminator. The winner would go on to play the final against Quetta Gladiators as Islamabad won the toss and chose to bowl first.

1st Innings: Unleash the Zalmis

WHAT A START!

Kamran and Imam both opened their accounts with a sumptuous boundary and they never looked back. Smashing bowlers for fun, the Zalmis brought up 50 in no time as Islamabad rued their decision of bowling first. Both the batsmen have been in a superb form which they carried over to this match as well. Kamran and Imam had 3 and 4 half-centuries respectively before this match and they added to the tally as both brought up their half-centuries.

Delport strikes, Pollard strikes back

Both the Imam and Kamran played some real handsome strokes as they brought up a 135 run stand in just 12 overs.

Islamabad, however, fought back as they took 3 quick wickets. Delport broke the mammoth partnership when he got Imam, 58 from 33 including 9 boundaries, Ronchi taking the catch. He made the match interesting when he got Kamran, 74 from 43 including 13 boundaries, this time Shadab taking the catch in the deep. Sohaib has been poor this tournament and he faltered once again today for just 4 runs.

Taking the crease now was Sammy and he was partnered with Pollard. With Peshawar stumbling a wee bit, Pollard showed his class as he hit 5 boundaries including 4 maximums, as he rejuvenated the Zalmi Innings.

Sammy was dropped on 8 and that also proved crucial as Zalmi crossed the 200-run mark. Both the batsmen played blinders with Pollard making 37 of 21 and Sammy 30 of 15 not-out, 4 boundaries. Peshawar finished with a mammoth 214/5 on the board in their 20.

2nd Innings: Early wickets for Peshawar

Islamabad had to go big right from the get-go and Ronchi provided them that explosive start. However, this made them vulnerable to losing early wickets and Hasan Ali responded by taking the big wicket of Ronchi, 17 of 9 balls. Alex Hales (1) was a no show as he fell to his international colleague Chris Jordan in the very next over.

 

Walton and Faheem keep the fight going

With so much at stake, Walton joined Delport at the crease and made an instant impact. Showing his aggressive intent, he smashed the Zalmi bowlers, putting up a 63-run stand with Delport, who also supported him very well. Hasan Ali, leading wicket-taker in this year’s PSL, came back into the attack and broke the partnership instantly, getting Delport (28) as the ball got very big on him. Pollard took the all-important wicket when he got Asif Ali in the very next over for naught. Walton’s blistering innings of 48 from 29 also came to an end soon as Mills took his wicket.

With Islamabad in all sorts of disarray, Faheem and Talat showed resolve as they put up a 46-run stand. There were a few nerves but Peshawar kept their cool as Hasan Ali got Talat (19) and all but won the match for his side. The tail couldn’t do much as Peshawar restricted Islamabad to 166/9 in their 20, thus winning the match by 48 runs. Hasan Ali and Chris Jordon both stood out with 3 wickets each.

3rd consecutive final

Peshawar’s win sends Islamabad back home as they make it to yet another final, their 3rd in a row. This sets up a rematch of the first qualifier with the Gladiators. Both the teams look in immaculate form and it’s anybody’s game from here onwards.

Moment of the Match

The moment of the match has to be the opening partnership between Kamran Akmal and Imam ul Haq that set up the tone for Peshawar’s win.

Man of the Match

Kamran Akmal got the man of the match for his brilliant inning for Zalmis.

Up Next

Up next is the final of this year’s PSL with Quetta taking on the Zalmis on Sunday, 15th March. Fingers crossed!

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