Quetta Gladiators once again to pull off a heart-stopping one-run thriller win over Peshawar Zalmi in the first play-off in Sharjah on Tuesday (February 28), cruising into the Pakistan Super League final.
Mohammad Nawaz, the left-arm spinner, bowled a sensational last over with just seven runs to defend, but gave up only five. He dismissed Chris Jordan with his fourth ball, Wahab Riaz was run out off his fifth and Hasan Ali was run out off the last ball to send a packed 19,000 crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in raptures, with jubilation in the Quetta dugout.
Spinner Muhammad Nawaz defended 7 runs off last six and then two runs off last three deliveries to snatch a certain win from Peshawar Zalmi’s jaws and send Quetta Gladiators to the final of Pakistan Super League.
A poor shot by Hasan Ali on the last ball of the innings sealed Zalmi’s fate and he was run out by Sarfraz.
Gladiators made an impressive 200 runs at the end of their innings with Zalmi failing to control the runaway run rate at the start of the game. in the first playoff match in the Pakistan Super League.
Even though the Gladiators lost seven wickets, including Shehzad and Pietersen, the run rate kept steady at nearly 10 per over. Gladiators had starting hitting big from the start and maintained pressure on Zalmi’s bowling attack.
Gladiators blitzed their way to a score of 121 in the tenth over, helped by Ahmad Shehzad’s quickfire 71 in the first playoff match in the Pakistan Super League.
Ahmed Shehzad is today’s Man of the Match for his splendid 71 runs off 38 balls! #PZvQG #HBLPSL