Karachi: Powered by half centuries by Kamran Akmal and Imam ul-Haq, Peshawar Zalmi beat Islamabad United by 48 runs to set up a mouth-watering finale against Quetta Gladiators on Sunday.
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DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League 4 has it all, from high drama last-ball sixes to narrow wins and from hat-trick to rattling of stumps and brilliant catches.
Quetta Gladiators, living up to thier reputation of fighters, are ruling the table with eight wins in five games and it needed an extra-ordinary innings from Colin Ingram to stop the juggernauts.Ingram hit the highest-ever individual score to date of 127 off just 59 balls, spiced up with eight sixes and 12 boundaries to lit up the tournament big time. The first phase had also livened up with two exciting last-ball finishes.
Lahore Qalandars outlasting Multan Sultans on Friday with a six by former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese. Very next day Wiese was at the receiving end, conceding a last-ball six to Quetta and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Throughout the first phase, the Gladiators have proved to be a balanced side. They have set plans under an astute coach in Moin Khan and lively captain in Sarfraz bowl first, restrict the opponents and then chase with authority whatever comes their way.
Quetta’s top-order comprising three former players of their countries Australia’s Shane Watson, South Africa’s Rilee Rossuw and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal were on fire in most of the matches. Both Watson and Umar have hit two half-centuries to enable Quetta win by six, seven and eight wickets respectively.Umar is at the top of most runs chart with 200, followed by Watson on 186. Rossouw has 157 with one fifty and that defines how good Quetta’s batting is.One-time winners Peshawar Zalmi are second on the chart, primarily due to their fast bowling strength. Zalmi’s Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has so far stood out, taking wickets in his first over in three matches to jolt the best of batting.
Hasan has three four-fors in five games which has fetched him 15 wickets and first place in bowlers’ list.Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif further give firepower to Zalmi’s bowling, while England’s left-arm spinner Liam Dawson is an asset as he can also smash the ball to all corner while batting.
Zalmi, though, are waiting for dashing opener Kamran Akmal, who only has one score of 49 to show in PSL4. Islamabad United, third on the table, again had mixed fortunes.The defending champions started the tournament with a thumping five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars. But, they then lost to Multan Sultans and Quetta in their next two games as batting let them down.
It needed a patient half-century from Ian Bell and a hat-trick by skipper Mohammad Sami to revive Islamabad’s fortunes as they thumped Peshawar by 12 runs to return to winning ways. Luke Ronchi then smashed a fiery half-century to help Islamabad beat Karachi in their last game.
Islamabad will next meet Multan in Dubai on Tuesday. Multan are badly in need of a victory as they are lying in sixth and last place, so the title holders can expect a backlash from their opponents.Lahore Qalandars are on fourth after some mixed fortunes. They lost the opening game to Islamabad but did not take long to register a win that too against old rivals Karachi.
Lahore’s newest pace sensation Haris Rauf grabbed four wickets while Rahat Ali (three) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (two wickets) were equally destructive.Lahore found Peshawar bowling too hot to handle as Hasan (four for 15), Wahab (three for 17) and leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (two for 14) wrecked them for a low total of 78.De Villiers and Wiese brought them back on track against Multan before Sarfaraz snatched a last-ball six to leave Lahore with four points in five games. Karachi finally fired and returned to the old winning ways with that Ingram masterclass.
They won their first game by a narrow seven-run margin against Multan with half-centuries from Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam, but in their next three matches, they failed to score a single fifty. Their pace attack comprising of Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan had failed all taking wickets but containing runs.Amir recorded his best HBL PSL figures of four for 25, but has since taken just three wickets. Sohail has been a major flop while Usman too was wayward and expensive.
Lastly, despite having big names in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell, Multan Sultan have been unimpressive. Other than Malik and one innings from Vince, Multan’s batting has left a lot to be desired and so has their bowling.The first phase of PSL has once again thrown some exciting talent. Islamabad’s Mohammad Musa and Multan’s Ali Shafiq have impressed with their wicket-taking abilities.Musa took three for 25 on his HBL PSL debut to announce his arrival and was again threatening against Karachi with figures of one for 28. Shafiq was man of the match on his debut against Islamabad with two for 11 in his four overs.
The rise of Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan is a story in itself as he graduated from Under-19 to HBL PSL from a humble background. Umer picked up two wickets against Lahore, including the prized wicket of AB de Villiers.Pakistan regular in Tests and ODIs, Imam-ul-Haq, has also made his presence felt in the HBL PSL with two half-centuries.th 2019.
Sharjah: With his three wickets on his debut for Islamabad United against a formidable Peshawar Zalmi, rookie fast bowler Mohammad Musa has heralded his arrival and could be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket.
The 18-year-old from Islamabad dismissed Kamran Akmal for his first wicket before accounting for England’s regular Dawid Malan and finally double World Twenty20 winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy.I can’t describe my feelings, said the unassuming lad from Islamabad.I was encouraged by my captain (Mohammad Sami), coaching staff and all the players, so those were great moments.Before the PSL, I knew that this is the platform to break into international cricket and I will do my best to come into the reckoning for the Pakistan cricket team, vowed Musa, who was picked in Islamabad United late last year.The HBL PSL has that quality of throwing talent. Already there are names which can be quoted as the emerging stars from Hasan Ali to Shadab Khan, from Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem Ashraf and from Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Khan.
Musa had already played for Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand last year. He grabbed seven wickets in five matches, notable among them was his four for 67 against India in the semi-final, which led to praises from India coach and one of the greatest batsmen Rahul Dravid.
Musa made his first-class debut for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited last year. Under an astute captain in Misbah-ul-Haq, Musa grabbed four wickets in the match (three for 39 and one for 74) against a formidable WAPDA.
His first wicket was former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.Misbah bhai encouraged me a lot and then Waqar Younis (director at Islamabad United) liked me and told me that I will be in Islamabad United team for the HBL PSL 4 and that pumped me up, recalls Musa.Musa is from a middle-class family, who has seen their first kid aiming it big in cricket.They just watch cricket and pray for me to become a big star for Pakistan.
SHARJAH (Dunya News/Agencies) – Muhammad Sami’s last-over hat-trick over-shadowed Kieron Pollard 51 in just 22 balls and Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the 11th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4).
As has been the case every year, Islamabad United started this season slowly, winning just one of three games.However, this season has begun to emulate the others just as closely as the tournament progresses, with the defending champions putting in a vastly improved performance, holding their nerve to seal a 12-run win. The game ended with their captain Mohammad Sami knocking off the final three Peshawar batsmen off successive balls, claiming his maiden PSL hat-trick and ensuring his side finished with a flourish.
All of their best efforts looked like they might be derailed during a brief four-over spell of monstrous hitting by Kieron Pollard. With 92 required off 39 balls and the match meandering to its inevitable conclusion, Pollard roused the dispirited ranks of Peshawar fans in Sharjah with a blistering 22-ball 51.
But crucially, support from the other end was lacking, and once he holed out to deep cover, the valiant efforts of Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz couldn t quite make up for a first ten overs where their side had fallen well behind the pace.They had been chasing 159, a total Islamabad were only able to put up thanks to Ian Bell, playing his first PSL match of the season.As much of the rest of the order fell away, he remained at the crease until the penultimate delivery, his 54 playing a large part in knitting the innings together, and ensuring Islamabad had just enough runs in the end.By 13 overs, Islamabad were shuffling along at 88 for three, not quite able to get in the big hits in the face of tight Peshawar bowling.
But a loose over from Umaid Asif saw Cameron Delport smite a six back over the bowler and Bell a boundary, fetching 16. From there, Peshawar lost their discipline somewhat; it was the start of a spell in which Islamabad plundered 56 off five overs.It was ground ceded they wouldn t be able to make up.Mohammad Sami may have come away with a hat-trick, but his wickets had been set up by the efforts earlier on of Islamabad s emerging player Mohammad Musa.
Less than half Sami s age at 18, the fresh faced Musa was entrusted with the third over, with Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal batting in the Powerplay. Pace, accuracy, composure and lethality combined, culminating in the wicket of Kamran Akmal – another man twice his age.He would add the wickets of Dawid Malan and Darren Sammy to a collection that may very soon begin to burgeon.At some point, you may risk blasphemy and begin to wonder about Darren Sammy s role in the Peshawar line-up.
He doesn t bowl anymore, and for some reason, comes in to bat at number seven. He still strikes at over 150, so he might as well bat higher up, but today, the bigger issue was he failed to give his Caribbean teammate much support in terms of run rate reduction.He never could find the middle of the bat as Pollard, and later even Wahab Riaz, took on the senior role in the partnership. When Sammy did hole out, it was to a waist-high full shot he has buttered his bread with by smashing for six.
It cost his side today, but as the tournament progresses, the specific role Sammy takes on may begin to come under wider scrutiny; there is no hiding place in this format.The narrow defeat means Peshawar have split their four games, winning and losing two apiece.The same applies to Islamabad United, with the two sides placed third and fourth on the table respectively
DUBAI: Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in the third match of Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Friday. Batting first Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq both scored 49 each for Zalmi and set a target of 156 runs for Gladiators to chase.