Islamabad knock Peshawar out of HBL PSL7
Alex Hales smashed a brilliant half-century as Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi in the first eliminator of the Pakistan Super League season seven.
The England top-order batter scored 62 off 49 balls to guide the team home in 19.3 overs chasing 170.
The right-hander was given two lifelines, one a missed stumping chance in the first over and then a dropped catch from Usman Khalid in the third over.
Hales made full use of the fielding lapses from Peshawar and punished the bowlers by hitting them six boundaries and three maximums.
He was well supported by Shadab Khan, who scored 22 off 17 ball after returning to action from injury.
Faheem Ashraf and Azam Khan added finishing touched to the innings with cameos off 19 and 28 respectively.
Salman Irshad was the star of the show with the ball as he bagged figures of three for 31 from his four overs for Peshawar Zalmi.
Earlier, after opting to bat, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal smashed half-centuries as Peshawar Zalmi managed to post 169-5 on the scoreboard.
Wahab Riaz’s men went off to a good start, courtesy of Kamran and Mohammad Haris. But at the score of 30, the 20-year-old, who was trying to clear the circle, lost his wicket to Faheem Ashraf.
Yasir Khan was the next batter to walk back to the dugout when the team reached 58.
At that stage, Kamran and Shoaib Malik used their experience and made a crucial 40 runs stand for the third wicket.
After scoring 58 off 39 balls, with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes, was removed by Shadab Khan.
Following Kamran’s departure, Malik and Hussain Talat took the charge of the Islamabad bowling attack. They made a 26-ball 56 runs stand.
Talat walked back to the dugout after playing a cameo of 28 off 15. Malik, who completed 400 runs for the first time in HBL PSL, scored 55 off 43 balls.
The veteran all-rounder struck four boundaries and two maximums to guide the team to 169-5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Hasan Ali was the star of the show with the ball as he claimed figures of three for 30 in his four overs.
IU 170-5 (19.3 overs)
That is the game!
Liam Dawson smashed 10 runs off two balls as he finished the game in style.
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This is what just the doctor ordered. Benny Howell removed dangerman Azam Khan (28).
Wahab Riaz leaves just 10 runs to defend from the last over. He conceded 52 runs from his four overs without picking up any wicket.
A brilliant spell from Salman Irshad came to an end. He bagged figures of three for 31.
14 runs came from Wahab Riaz's third over. He is now having a good night with the ball.
Third wicket for Salman Irshad. Asif Ali castled with a brilliant yorker.
Salman Irshad picked up another huge wicket of Alex Hales. He England batter scored 62 off 49 balls with the help of six boundaries and a maximums.
Some innings from Alex Hales!
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Ali Majid is done for the day. He conceded 33 runs from his four overs.
Salman Irshad introduced in the attack and guess what, he picked up a big wicket of Shadab Khan on his first ball.
The United Captain scored 22 off 17 balls.
What a spell from Khalid Usman.
United need 93 off 60 balls with nine wickets in hand.
10 runs came from Howell's second over.
Superb third over from Khalid Usman. Just two runs came from it.
Excellent start from Benny Howell, as he conceded just six runs from his first over.
Strong finish from Islamabad United of the powerplay.
IU 53-1 (6 overs)
Alex Hales (32*) and Shadab Khan (7*) are out in the middle.
Khalid Usman with a breakthrough as he removes Will Jacks, who scored just 11 on his debut.
Just six runs came of the over.
All of a sudden, Islamabad batters are firing on all cylinders. An expensive first over from Wahab Riaz came to an end, where he conceded 14 runs.
Another eventful over from Ali Majid as Peshawar Zalmi failed to pick the wicket of Alex Hales.
He was dropped by Khalid Usman.
Just five runs came from Khalid Usman's over despite conceding a boundary on his first delivery.
Zalmi spinner are keeping things tight at the moment.
What an over from debutant Ali Majid.
He almost removed Alex Hales, but Mohammad Haris failed to collect the ball behind the stumps, as stumping chance goes begging.
PZ 169-5 (20 overs)
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Malik walks back to the dugout after completing 50.
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Excellent 19th over from Faheem Ashraf, where he conceded just five runs.
That is the end of a fine knock from Hussain Talat, as Hasan Ali has the last laugh.
The left hander scored 28 off 15 balls where he stuck five boundaries.
12 runs from Hasan's third over.
Another expensive over from Waqas, where he conceded 14 runs. Zalmi batter are now on a role.
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Big over for Peshawar as Malik and Husain Talat bash Shadab all-around the park.
Seven runs came of Hasan Ali's second over.
Shadab Khan is back in the wickets hunt. He picked up the prized wicket of Kamran Akmal, who departs after scoring a brilliant half-century.
The wicketkeeper struck seven boundaries and two maximums for his 58 off 39 balls.
Quality stuff from Shadab, as he has never left. He conceded just three runs and a big wicket.
Nine runs came from Waqas' second over. Both batters are looking in great touch.
Kamran Akmal completes his half-century.
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Kamran Akmal hits an important fifty for Zalmi ?
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Peshawar batters change gears as they scored 14 from Zahid Mahmood's third over.
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Four runs came from Shadab Khan's first over.
Just four runs came from Zahid's second over of the night.
Returning Hasan Ali straight away finds himself in the wickets column. He removed Yasir Khan, who scored just eight.
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Just two runs came of his first over, we are surly going to see more action from the pacer.
An expansive over from Zahid Mahmood after the power play, as he leaked 11 runs.
So the powerplay is done and dusted for Peshawar Zalmi.
PZ 46/1 (6 overs)
Kamran Akmal (24*) and Yasir Khan (7*) are out in the middle.
Shadab Khan used four bowlers in the powerplay.
A tidy over from Athar where he conceded just four runs.
Faheem Ashraf picks up a big wicket for Islamabad as he removed Mohammad Haris, who walked back to dugout after scoring just 12.
An eventful over came to an end, where Faheem claimed a wicket and conceded just five runs. Who can forget to mention a dropped catch of Yasir Khan (0).
How costly it can be, we have to wait and watch.
Debutant Athar Mahmood conceded just six runs from his first over.
Just five runs came from Faheem Ashraf's first over.
Great start from both Peshawar Zalmi openers, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Haris, as they managed to score 15 from the first over bowled by Liam Dawson.
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Wahab Riaz tosses the coin in the air and it is a tails. Peshawar Zalmi are batting first against Shadab Khan's Islamabad United.
As far as head-to-head comparison in concerned, the two side met each other 18 times with Peshawar Zalmi having a slight advantage with nine victories against Islamabad’s eight and one match was ended without any result.
In the last meeting at the same venue, Peshawar defeated Islamabad by the margin of 10 runs.
Both teams have received major boost ahead of the knockout game, as Peshawar Zalmi's mentor and batting great Hashim Amla and leg-spinner Usman Qadir will be joining the team, while, the match will also mark the return of Islamabad captain Shadab Khan, who the last missed three games due to injury.
Moreover, Alex Hales has also retuned for knockout game for the United.
In light of the amendments of Health and Safety Protocols, which were proposed by the six franchises and approved by the PCB after consultation with Medical Advisory Panel, Usman Qadir, Sohail Khan and Alex Hales are available for tonight's Eliminator.#IUvPZ pic.twitter.com/6tJTl8Cm8H— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 24, 2022