The latest PSL match was a dramatic occasion where Peshawar Zalmi just managed to haul the lowest ever IPL score of 59 to win against Lahore Qalandar. The match had the second shortest innings in T20 history. In the first stretch, Peshawar toppled Lahore in just 59 bowling 10.2 overs. However, the match did not end as a cakewalk as expected.
In the chase, all was well for Peshawar who scored 47 for 3 wickets with no worries on overs left. However, an attack from Yasir Shan brought down the tally to 51 for 7, the opponents suddenly put into a scathing uncertainty. It was only the precious 9-run partnership from Wahab Riaz and Chris Jordan that salvaged the team from an eminent danger
McCullum wanted to be aggressive following his earlier dictum that his team, Qalandar, was “too timid.” But the batsman was taken down at duck in the first over. The team lost two more wickets reaching 9 for 3 by the next over. In four overs, they reached 27 for 4. The stance they took might be the result of what McCullum spoke of being aggressive. He said he would rather want to see his team being caught at the boundary than being dismissed on stumps and lbws. The inning ended as the lowest ever score in PSL. Still, they did not let Peshawar just to walk by and claim the match. They made it as difficult as possible and at some point, it seemed, they would not let Peshawar win.
It was Eoin Morgan’s venture that made things easier for Peshawar. When his teammates were being dismissed one after another, he went on to score 23 off 26 balls. It was the longest stretch that any batsman played in the chase. Yasir Shah was awarded Player of the Match for he was man who made Peshawar toil for every run to win even if they had to reach only 60. He attained the figures 4-0-7-4 in the match.
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