Gladiators edge Zalmi in thrilling encounter

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Gladiators edge Zalmi in thrilling encounter

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 19, 2016.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 9:01 PM
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    The first playoff of the inaugural Pakistan Super League promised to be a great contest, with the top two teams pitted against each other and a packed stadium to view the contest.

    Having won the toss, the Peshawar Zalmi side elected to bowl first and were rewarded immediately, as Hasan Ali removed Bismillah Khan of just the second delivery off the over and ended up with a wicket maiden.

    Ahmed Shehzad was also dismissed soon after as he charged out against an Asghar delivery and was stumped, but Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakarra stitched a 79 run partnership to get Quetta right back in the contest. The experienced duo took their time early on before taking on the Peshawar bowlers. However Sangakarra was dismissed as a result of a brilliant tumbling catch from Bairstow, and Pietersen top edged a Tait delivery soon after. Mohammad Nawaz hit a few strong blows, but the rest of the Quetta batsmen went down without much of a fight against some brilliant death bowling from Wahab and Shaun Tait to end up at 132, with the Gladiators losing their last 3 wickets in 3 balls.

    Chasing 133 to win, Peshawar got off to a good start, with both openers, Hafeez and Kamran Akmal getting starts, but lost wickets soon after. Kamran fell trying to cut Anwar Ali, while Hafeez was bowled trying to cut a Mohammad Nawaz delivery. The next ball, Nawaz got rid off Brad Hodge with a brute of a delivery, to put Zalmi on the backfoot. Shahid Yousuf and Bairstow began to recover, but that was cut short when Grant Elliot bowled Bairstow and then Yousuf holed out to Elliot in the deep. Afridi failed to make an impact, also holing out to Elliot, but Sammy brought back the contest to life in the 18th over with some huge blows against Mohammad Nawaz, but also fell to Nawaz on the last delivery of the over. Wahab and Hasan Ali hit 13 off the 19th over, leaving Zalmi with 8 to win off 6 balls. Wahab hit Cheema for four off the second ball and took a single, which meant Zalmi needed 3 off 3. Hasan Ali only managed to sky the next delivery however, and Wahab did the same thing next ball. Asghar could only manage a single off the last delivery to give the Gladiators a victory and a spot in the inaugural PSL Final.
     
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    1. Express Pace
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      Sell out crowd and a thrilling game! A great advertisement for the PSL.
       
    2. saiyan0321
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      saiyan0321 Whispering Death

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      Match summary. Awesome!! Well no doubt it was a great win and a great match and the open real winner was PSL. It was competitive and exciting and I can't believe I missed this match. Out of all the matches I pick this one to miss. :p :p :p :p
       
    3. chandtara
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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      Superb advert for the PSL in this game. Nail biting finish that went down to the last ball. You could see the tension in the crowd. Nothing beats an even consent going to the wire
       
    4. Mohsin
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      Who cares about who wins or who loses...the PAKISTAN Super League is proving to be awesome in its inaugural season, that's all that matters.
       
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    5. Munna
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      This is why low scoring encounters are always more thrilling than high score chases.

      Quetta deserved to win with that much passion. They've shown great character in this PSL, chased 200+ the other night and defended 130-ish last night...

      I must admit I was one of the guys laughing at Moin Khan for his picks at the drafts. Sorry boss!
       
    6. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Heart breaking loss for us. Our batting was badly exposed in this game. 130ish score should never be hard for any side to chase in a T20 game. The main culprits of batting were Kamran, Hafeez & Afridi. I hope we once again face Quetta in the final and break their hearts when it matter.
       
    7. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      Why do you seek pleasure in breaking others' hearts? :usman
       
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    8. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Revenge is very sweet.
       
    9. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      Afridi captaincy was shocking. It was a low scoring game and we all know KP struggles against Left arm spinner.. instead he brought himself and sammy.. those 7 overs cost 60 runs which were really costly.

      And I don't know wth is wrong with kami cobra.. he is probably the worse keeper in this tournament. . Worse than that bangash guy.
       
    10. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      Still cant get over the loss.. feels like I failed in some important exam
       
    11. Bilal123
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      Bilal123 Tracer Bullet

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      Lol u sound surprised. Kami Cobra is the definition of mediocrity. He's been like this for previous 10 years
       
    12. Express Pace
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      Express Pace Cornered Tiger

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      Don't worry. You have the chance to resit the exam soon.
       
    13. Munna
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      Only if you reach the final. You will have to face a more stern test of Malik brigade :rolleyes:
       
    14. Prince Pathan
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      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

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      My Great-Uncle, my grandfathers brother, had a brain hemorrhage when our captain got himself out carelessly. Just found out there, he is admitted to hospital now. Whenever Afridi does something careless like that it feels like somebody has stabbed your heart but I used to wonder how his elderly fans feel. Now I found out. Depressing, some people really take it to heart
       
    15. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      Wishing him health and hope he get well soon.. yaara its a game not war and we were playing only against our own players.. khair lets hope zalmi win tomorrow for his sake.
       
    16. Prince Pathan
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      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

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      True but happiness is rare in these guys lives, does not help hearing news of bomb blasts and murder in their own province all the time. Obviously they have some team to support now and look forward to so if it goes badly it will be a set back. Like you said it felt like you failed an exam, it upset me too because it is the team of your own province. Like we get upset when Arsenal lose but this is a bit different. Seeing Zalmi lose after all the good they have done all tournament for others is a bit tough to take. Does not help that for some reason all of Pakistan was against Zalmi last night, how you get to be the most hated team by fans of other teams after doing everything right is beyond me.

      Well Brain-Hemorrhage is serious so will find out once dad rings kali later on.
       
    17. Express Pace
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      Express Pace Cornered Tiger

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      Maybe because of the behavior of some of your fans after the loss.
       
    18. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Will be rooting for Karachi tonight. Note @Express Pace

      You know why.
       
    19. Shahzebayub
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      Shahzebayub Smooth Operator

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      why?
       
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    21. Fawad
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      Fawad Sultan of Swing

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      Great match, loved the finish, no matter who won. I hope rest of the playoffs live up to this match and crowds show up in good numbers too. I wasn't rooting for any team, and the match delivered even for neutrals.

      Were any attendance numbers released?
       
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    22. iAd
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      iAd Sultan of Swing

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      The capacity is 25,000 and it was sold out. At its peak there were 50,000 viewers on Youtube. This doesn't take into account the TV viewers and those who watched on cricketgateway.

      Final is sold out as well.
       
    23. Prince Pathan
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      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

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      Yeah lad he had a hemorrhage because of the behaviour of our fans. Perfect logic
       
    24. Express Pace
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      I wasn't referring to him. I wish him a speedy recovery. I was talking about people supporting Quetta over Peshawar.
       
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      The dream delivery, and a fine final over

      If there is one thing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has provided plentifully, it is low-scoring thrillers. There have been a handful of them, and Friday evening's sellout crowd at the Dubai Cricket Stadium witnessed another humdinger as Quetta Gladiators became the first team to enter the PSL final. Here are five takeaways from Quetta's win off the last ball against crowd favourites Peshawar Zalmi.

      Ball of the tournament
      Wow. There is no other way to describe the delivery from Quetta left-armer spinnerMohammad Nawaz that castled Brad Hodge, Twenty20 cricket's current second-highest run-maker. The ball dipped, broke away, and hit the off stump, leaving you in awe. One of the factors that separates any ordinary delivery from that ball is the quality of the batsman; Hodge is one of the most versatile and intelligent T20 batsman and would have guessed Nawaz's plan. The previous delivery Nawaz had bowled the arm ball to Mohammad Hafeez, who was stranded in his crease and surprised by the pace. Against Hodge, Nawaz delivered the ball from wide of the crease. The ball then pitched on middle stump as Hodge lunged to defend it. But just as he thought he had the line covered the ball drifted in, dipped and turned away upon pitching. The next instant Hodge watched the ball knock back his off stump.

      Elliott swings the pendulum
      Grant Elliott seems a quiet, thinking man. Last March he brought Dale Steyn to his knees by knocking South Africa out of the World Cup in the last over in memorable game at Eden Park. Today he made use of the slowness of the surface by first bowling the perfect legcutter that deceived Jonny Bairstow who failed to connect while attempting a cut and was bowled. Shahid Yousuf did not last long as he played into the hands of deep midwicket, but the biggest body blow Peshawar suffered when their captain Shahid Afridi meekly surrendered, giving an easy catch to Nawaz at point. From 53 for 3 in 10 overs, at the hands of Elliott Peshawar had plunge to 84 for 6 with five overs to go. Quetta had now got a foot firmly into the victory door.

      Boom, boom, busted
      In the six innings he has batted so far in the tournament Afridi's aggregate is 49 runs with the highest of 17 not out. The aura is still there, the swagger still intact. But the promise of destroying the opponent, of injecting the Zalmi's lower order with not just with positive spirit but with robust cameos is where Afridi is missing out.

      Cheema, the last over specialist
      As he lined up to bowl the final over, from which Peshawar required eight runs to win, few of the Pakistani journalists recollected Pakistan and Quetta fast bowler Aizaz Cheema's last-over heroics in the Asia Cup final four years ago. Cheema proved his mettle once again today as he handled the pressure and negated the heavy dew on the ground that had made the ball wet and difficult to handle. Probably due to that dew, his attempt to bowl a yorker had only resulted in a low full toss which Wahab Riaz had happily lofted for a four. Now Cheema decided he would just pitch it short and let the batsman take the risks as he had pushed the fielders to the edge of the rope. As the ball rushed high towards him, Wahab played it an ungainly fashion and managed just a single. Cheema then banged the net one short again at a high speed. Emerging Peshawar fast bowler Hasan Ali tried to hit hard and out of the ground, but his top edge could barely reach midwicket; Cheema ran over and completed the catch. Next ball, another short delivery, Wahab tried to upper cut but just spooned an easy catch to Ahmed Shehzad. When Mohammad Ashgar failed to get more than a single off the last ball, Cheema was jumping in joy and screaming in delight. It was a high pressure situation, and he had come out unscathed.

      The real cheerleaders
      Unlike the glamorous IPL where cheerleaders dance along the boundary, in the PSL the fans have been the actual cheerleaders. Thousands of fans had already lined up by Friday afternoon to buy the tickets for the first playoff. By the time the match was an hour old, thousands were still waiting outside, frustrated at missing out on the action. Inside the stadium, even after Afridi departed quickly, the crowd did not disperse. They went quiet briefly, but then they revived, chanting the team names and both teams' anthems to make the on-field drama more compelling. Considering the PSL is being played on foreign soil, it is hard to create the crowd loyalty, a big feature in tournaments like the IPL and Big Bash League. Still, the PSL crowds have turned out in support all teams, a big shot in the arm for the tournament.

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-super-league-2015-16/content/story/974591.html
       

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