LAHORE: The fifteenth March Qualifier shall be a repeat of the HBL-PSL-7 last between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans after Peshawar Zalmi overcame Islamabad United by 13 runs in an exciting twenty ninth match of the HBL- PSL-8 on Sunday.
Peshawar Zalmi suffered a middle-order collapse to stutter to 179 for eight after which overcame Faheem Ashraf’s late cost to dismiss Islamabad for 166 in 19.4 overs.
The consequence meant Islamabad United and Multan Sultans completed their league matches on 12 factors every. Nonetheless, Multan Sultans have been positioned second and Islamabad United third on web run-rate, that means Multan Sultans will meet table-toppers and defending champions Lahore Qalandars on fifteenth March within the Qualifier and Islamabad United will once more tackle fourth-placed Peshawar Zalmi in Eliminator-1 on sixteenth March.
The winner of the fifteenth March Qualifier will progress to the nineteenth March last, whereas the dropping facet may have one other alternative to earn a spot within the last when they may tackle the winner of the sixteenth March Eliminator 1 in Eliminator- 2 on seventeenth March.
After Islamabad United’s high and middle-order made a multitude of an easy run-chase by slipping from 65 for 3 to 111 for eight, No.8 batter Faheem Ashraf got here to the get together and slapped 4 sixes and two fours in a 13-ball 38 to present his facet some hope. In affiliation with Mohammad Wasim (14 not out), the left-hander added 55 runs from 24 balls for the ninth wicket.
With 21 runs required within the last over, Faheem struck a six off the second ball to carry the goal right down to 14 from 4 balls. Nonetheless, Khurram Shahzad castled Faheem and Fazalhaq Farooqi off successive deliveries to seal a memorable win for Peshawar Zalmi, who within the earlier two matches had didn’t defend totals of 240 and 242.
Whereas Khurram completed with figures of three for 13 in 10 balls, spinner Sufiyan Muqeem triggered the middle-order collapse by accounting for Shadab Khan (25), Asif Ali (5) and Hasan Ali (0) to complete with figures of three for 37.
Jimmy Neesham picked up the prized scalps of middle-order batters Rahmanullah Gurbaz (33) and Colin Munro (15) to finish with two for 23, whereas Aamer Jamal scooped the wickets of top-order batters Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood (15 every) to complete with two for 28.
Earlier, Mohammad Haris and Bhanuka Rajapaksa placed on 115 runs in 58 balls for the second wicket to place Peshawar Zalmi on track for an additional colossal whole once they took their facet to 116 for the lack of Saim Ayub (0) on the midway stage.
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