LAHORE, Mar 01 (APP):Liam Dawson smashed a last ball boundary off
pacer Mohammad Sami to clinch a thrilling four wicket win for Peshawar Zalmi over Islamabad United in the HBL PSL in Dubai on Friday.
Needing 14 off the last over Peshawar’s skipper Darren Sammy —
limping with a leg injury — smashed the fourth ball over the long-off boundary for a six but was run out in attempt to take a sharp single
as he missed the ball off the fifth.
But Dawson, who smashed 35-ball 52 not out with three sixes and as
many boundaries, kept his cool to give Peshawar their fifth win in seven games and the first team to get ten points.They also kept their top position on the table But Sammy was equally heroic with 29-ball 40 with two sixes and as
many boundaries. He helped Dawson clinch the game with a partnership of 89 in 8.2 overs.
Islamabad United were all out for 176 off the final over with
Cameroon Delport hitting a solid 55-ball 71 with eight boundaries and
a six after they were put into bat.
Peshawar were off to a brisk start with Kamran Akmal (12-ball 19
with two sixes and a boundary) and Andre Fletcher (21-ball 21 with
two sixes and a boundary) smashing three sixes in Rumman Raees’s third over.
Kamran, when on 11, became the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs
in HBL PSL. His feat came in 41st match.
But after a brisk start of 37 and then reach 58-1, Peshawar lost four wickets in the space of just 26 runs. Left arm spinner Zafar Gohar had Kamran and dangerman Kieron Pollard (one) while Shadab Khan had Fletcher and Imam-ul-Haq (15) to leave Peshawar in a spot of bother with the board reading 84-5.
Dawson smashed two sixes and a boundary to collect 27 in Faheem Ashraf’s 13th and that lifted the tempo.
Sammy matched his partner shot for shot by hitting a four and a six
off Rumman as the target was reduced to 22 off two overs. Peshawar were lucky in the penultimate over when Sammy was caught off a Faheem no-ball.
Islamabad are second with eight points in eight games, four wins and
as many defeats. Quetta are third with eight points in six games (four
wins and two defeats), Lahore Qalandars are fourth (six points in seven matches with three wins and four losses), Karachi Kings are fifth (three wins, four losses in seven games with six points) while Multan Sultans
are sixth (four points with two wins and five losses in seven matches).
Sammy showed delight at crossing the line.
“That’s what makes the HBL PSL exciting,” said Sammy. “I am very
happy, it went to close but happy that we crossed the line.”
Islamabad captain Sami praised Dawson for hitting a last ball boundary.
“Yes, it was exciting and I tried my level best and bowled full length but credit to Dawson who hit it for a four,”said Sami.
Delport anchored Islamabad’s innings.
Delport added 46 for the second wicket with Phil Salt who made 18-ball 28 with five boundaries and 70 for the third wicket with Chadwick Walton who made 14-ball 22 with two boundaries and a six.
Asif Ali smashed two sixes and a boundary in his 13-ball 23 but Islamabad lost their last seven wickets for 29 runs including that of Delport in the 17th over. That slide included two run outs.
Leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (2-30), Hasan Ali (2-24), Wahab Riaz (2-20) were all effective in Peshawar’s bowling. With the two wickets Wahab have also completed 250 wickets in all Twenty20 cricket.
Quetta faces Multan in the second match later Friday.
The league has a two day rest before the last four matches — two each on Monday and Tuesday — will be played in Abu Dhabi.
Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United by four wickets in HBL PSL
Brief Scores:
Islamabad United 176 all out in 20 overs (C. Delport 71; Wahab Riaz 2-20, Hasan Ali 2-24)
Peshawar Zalmi 177-6 in 20 overs (L. Dawson 52 not out, D. Sammy 40, Shadab Khan 2-21, Zafar Gohar 2-30).