PSL 2022: Islamabad United keep final hopes alive after eliminating Peshawar Zalmi

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PSL 2022: Islamabad United keep final hopes alive after eliminating Peshawar Zalmi
PSL 2022: Islamabad United keep final hopes alive after eliminating Peshawar Zalmi

PSL 2022: Islamabad United keep final hopes alive after eliminating Peshawar Zalmi

PSL 2022: Twice former champions Islamabad United won the Eliminator 1 in a dramatic and thrilling fashion to keep alive their hopes of a third Pakistan Super League title as 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi were knocked out in another action-packed night (Thursday) of cricket at the headquarters of Pakistan cricket Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Zalmi paid a heavy price for a missed stumping and a dropped chance against Alex Hales inside the first three overs delivered by Zalmi’s new recruit Ali Majid in United’s 170-run chase.

Hales who had returned to represent United for the playoffs made full use of the opportunities provided to him by Zalmi with a brilliant 62 off 49 (six fours, three sixes).

The English batter finally undone by a sensational yorker by Salman Irshad who also removed Asif Ali (7) with a beautifully disguised slow yorker.

Asif dismissed with the score at 119 in the 16th over. His departure left United needing 51 off the last 28 balls.

Azam Khan (28 off 22, one four, two sixes). And (player of the match) Faheem Ashraf (19 not out, two fours, one six, one for 15 in three overs with the ball) brought United to the brink of victory. With some big hits which left United needing 10 off the final six balls bowled by Benny Howell.

Azam dismissed off the first ball of the final over. In what was another twist in the tale of the thriller. However Liam Dawson settled the game in United’s favour with a massive six over mid-wicket. And a lap sweep off the following delivery for four. As United chased the score down with three balls to spare.

Salman finished with three wickets for 31. But Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz had a forgettable night with figures of 4-0-52-0.

United will now take on Lahore Qalandars tomorrow night in the PSL 7 Eliminator 2. The winner will proceed to play the tournament final against Multan Sultans on Sunday.

Scores in brief:

Peshawar Zalmi 169 for 5, 20 overs (Kamran Akmal 58, Shoaib Malik 55, Hussain Talat 28)

Islamabad United 170 for 5, 19.3 overs (Alex Hales 62, Azam Khan 28, Shadab Khan 22; Salman Irshad 3-31)