Although Quetta Gladiators was not at the top, it is quite a progress for a team that ended as runners-up a year back to finish second top. The team did an impressive job hauling themselves to the final match. However, it is Peshawar Zalmi, that stole the show thumping Quetta by a 58-run victory. The slack was primarily on the batsmen who could not withstand Peshawar bowlers on a tough pitch. All they wanted were big runs, but none could deliver an impressive strike. Mohammad Asghar turned up as the prime attacker taking down 3 bowlers for 16 runs. Other bowlers like Hasan Ali and Mohammad Hafeez came up as substantial bets as winners.
Quetta’s early wicket, Sarfraz Ahmed, in the first over was followed by almost half the top batting line-up plummeting the team by 5 wickets in eight overs. There were no batsmen left by the 17th over, while the team could haul the chase to only 90 runs failing, massively, to chase the target of 149.
A contrasting stretch was from Peshawar who had a strong beginning striking 41 runs in the first four overs in the previous inning. Quetta’s bowler could attack only when the pitch dried up. In the 17th over Rayad Emrit had two wickets returning 112 for 6. The finishing stroke for Peshawar came from Darren Sammy, who smashed 33 in the last two overs.
It was the winning strike for the team. Plundering Emrit in the pre-ultimate over for 18 runs, Sammy formed the strong base to challenge Quetta. In the next over, he hammered Anwar Ali to score a total of 28 off 11 balls. For his strong stance that pulled Peshawar from 115 for 6 to 148 for 6, in just 2 overs, Sammy was declared the Player-of-the-Match.
Short balls were the major mistakes of Quetta bowlers, who could not check the flow of runs. This ultimately made the way for Peshawar to put a strong challenge. Quetta could have still shown up a good chase, but it was the recklessness of its batsmen that made to pay it the price.
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