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Hafeez vows to continue winning streak to qualify for final
Lahore-Former Pakistan captain and Peshawar Zalmi senior player M Hafeez has vowed to continue winning streak to qualify for the Pakistan Super League final to be played in Karachi.
Talking to media here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, Hafeez said: “Both the teams have played very good cricket throughout the tournament and had good positions on points table. We are bringing forward winning momentum so I feel like as a team we are very much ready to deliver.”
To a query regarding arrival of international players in Pakistan, he said: “The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has very good think tanks have tried their best to convince more and more international players and to larger extent, they have succeeded in doing so. As a nation and fan, we are glad that international cricketers are ready to play in Pakistan. International cricket has almost returned to the country but I hope soon full-fledged cricket will be played in Pakistan soon.”
To another query regarding team’s performance during the PSL-3, he said: “Our team was under pressure so that’s why we couldn’t perform well but then we made a strong comeback and continued our winning momentum, which would surely help us in the coming crucial matches of the PSL. In my opinion, there is no shortcoming in our side and we are not under pressure as we gained confidence by striking victories in our last two matches.”
Praising their opening batsman Kamran Akmal, who slammed in first century of PSL-3 against Lahore Qalandars and helped the team win the crucial match, Hafeez said: “The knock played by Kamran was in fact ‘match-winning’ knock. He played outstandingly and led the side to victory and we expect consistency from him in our next game.”
Defending his performance in the PSL, the former captain described it good saying he would be aiming to play a fine knock and his due role to inspire the team to success in the match. “I want to demonstrate high-quality cricket while playing in my own home ground and in front of home crowd,” he added.
About foreign players’ participation in the PSL and arrival in Pakistan, Hafeez said: “Those foreign players, who are the part of the PSL, played their role in the success of the event and those, who refused to come to Pakistan, should review their decision.
“I think Pakistan cricket and PSL are moving in right direction and gradually, we are on our way as far as revival of international cricket is concerned and the day is not so far, when we will be having our full-fledged international cricket being played in Pakistan,” he concluded.
Pakistan is no stranger to me, says Sammy
DUBAI: Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy said on Monday that as he has been in Pakistan for a few times, the country is no stranger to him.
Before leaving for Lahore to play the Eliminator against Quetta Gladiators, The Windies all-rounder in an interview said: "We are going to play a knockout match. Every match is a knockout from now on. I am looking forward to stepping in out Gaddafi Stadium with my team and will try to step further in the competition. I and my overseas boys are coming."
Responding to a question, that he has felt 'special and proud' for getting love from Pakistani fans.
"We should also mention Chris Jordan, Andrew Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Liam Dawson; we all are making the trip. I am asking all the fans to support good cricket and Yellow Storm," he said.
The skipper expressed his hope that his team will play PSL final in Karachi.
Zalmi will play against Sarfraz Ahmed-led Gladiators on March 20 at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium. The winner of the match will qualify to play the Eliminator against Karachi Kings to play final against Islamabad United.
What a win!
Peshawar & Quetta had played 3 playoff games and all resulted in 1 run win/loss. This is insane.
Peshawar finally break the one-run playoff jinx
Two years ago, Peshawar Zalmi needed just eight runs to seal victory in the playoff game against Quetta Gladiators. In a frenzied finish, Quetta's Aizaz Cheema conceded just six, condemning Peshawar to a one-run defeat.
Last year, Peshawar needed seven to secure safe passage to the final. In another dramatic climax, Mohammad Nawaz restricted Quetta to just five, culminating in last three balls being wickets and consigning Peshawar to yet another one-run loss.
This year, it was Peshawar doing the defending, with the game having gone to the final over. The task for the bowler Liam Dawson wasn't nearly as challenging; he had a full 25 runs to play with. The first five balls were smashed for 22 runs, and with three runs needed off the last ball, Dawson managed to get his side over the line by some fortune. By one run, of course.
Those six balls swept everyone at the Gaddafi Stadium off their feet, in thrall to the prospect of a victory so utterly improbable it barely registered as it unfolded in front of everyone's eyes. Given the predictability of chasing 25 off the last over, no matter who the bowler or batsman is, can never be a part of any side's plans. It isn't the last over that deserves to be picked apart for its strategic failings, but what came in the few overs before it as a contest that Quetta had a vice-like grip over.
Ten overs earlier, Quetta seemed to be cruising to victory. Sarfraz Ahmed and Nawaz, both promoted up the order in the absence of Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen, were rising admirably to the occasion. After the loss of two early wickets, the pair accumulated runs efficiently without ever needing to take risks, and before long, the partnership had stretched to 63 runs off 45 balls. The required rate was around 7.50, eight wickets were still in hand and Quetta's best batsman, Rilee Rossouw, was yet to come.
But Nawaz came down the pitch to attack Sameen Gul, looking to launch him down the ground. The ball climbed higher than Nawaz had probably predicted, and he ended up top-edging a catch to third man. He would have been disappointed, but to add insult to injury, his captain at the other end gave him a proper earful as he trudged back to the dugout.
Taking strike the very next ball, Sarfraz danced down the track, also failing to deal with Gul's bouncer, and skied it for a comfortable catch. Both batsmen, moments earlier unbeaten on 35 each, were immediately consigned to watching briefs for the rest of the game.
It was that passage of play that a visibly disappointed Moin Khan, head coach of Quetta, singled out in his press conference. "You have to take into account the needs of the team when deciding how to go about your shot-making," he said. "So when you're going for unnecessary shots, shots that aren't required, then you'll find yourself in the sort of situation we found ourselves in."
Directly addressing the two set batsmen departing off successive balls, Moin said: "I think you should be responsible and smart enough. Both guys were set. When a good partnership is built and one guy plays an unnecessary shot and gets out, the guy batting with him naturally begins to feel the pressure a bit too. The bowler bowled Sarfraz a bouncer the very next delivery, and he couldn't cope in the moment. I admit we've made mistakes, and when wickets fall, the game changes. Around the ninth over when we had wickets in hand it was beginning to look like the game was one-sided in our favour."
The two wickets had a massive influence on Quetta's momentum in the overs that followed. Rossouw, who had established a fearsome reputation in the UAE, scratched around for an 8 off 14 balls before holing out. Thisara Perera, who by then was considered Quetta's final hope, had only arrived that afternoon, and the fatigue showed. He was caught at long-on for 12, and Mahmudullah could never find the shots to keep up with the asking rate.
"We were waiting for the final Dawson over, we knew we'd have an opportunity there," Moin said. "But in the middle overs before that, we were never even close to the asking rate; we went at about five an over. If we had even done slightly better than that, it's possible we would have won this game with a few balls to spare because we knew there could be some big runs in the Dawson over."
Asked how he felt after the result, Moin was curt without being insincere. "Hurt," he said. Peshawar, of course, would simply argue they had - finally - wrenched the medicine bottle out of Quetta's hands, and shoved it down their protesting throats.
I heard Tamim Iqbal has hurt his knee and won't be playing tonight.Has Shakib joined them yet?
How is the weather in Lahore right now?
It has been raining all afternoon but it has stopped now.It's still cloudy but forcasted to get better at night.Now its upto the groundsmen to prepare the ground before the match.
It seems it will be a delayed start then.
Congrats my boyz @Prince Pathan @Don Quixote
We surprised many to be in Final yet again.
Came from.the brisk of elimination to qualifying for the finals...Even if yall lose its a great season for yall.
Kamran will win the trophy in Karachi.
Tomorrow I will be with my elder bro @ASLI-PATHAN,@Prince Pathan and @Don Quixote in support of Peshawar Zalmi despite kami and Hafeez playing. Gonna be hoping for Hassan Ali and U aid wrecking the opposition!!
Everyone will be supporting Peshawar on Sunday. It was be Islamabad v the rest of Pakistan
Nonetheless, may the best team win.
Wahab eager to be top wicket-taker of PSL-3
Lahore - Peshawar Zalmi fast bowler Wahab Riaz has said that he wants to become the top wicket-taker of PSL-3, as he is just one wicket behind the target.
He said this while talking to media during the post-match conference and added: “I am trying my best to take maximum wickets, become top wicket-taker, as I am just one wicket behind. I am grateful to Almighty that I have been performing consistently which is a good thing for me as well as for my team. It is third consecutive year that I am performing but for me, the victory of my team is main target, and when the team will win, the performance will be better automatically.”
About the last match against Quetta Gladiators, the pacer said: “Credit must be given to Anwar Ali who batted really well under huge pressure and his team lost the match by just one run margin. Wicket was good as good stocks were witnessed on it while the bowlers were also bowling in line and length, it was helping them a lot.”
He said that he has been playing consistently and practising well, which always help him perform well. “Good and bad time always come and I just focus on practising and performing well, which always help me do well in the crucial matches.”
About team combination, Wahab said: “We have good team combination which is a mixture of experienced and youth including international players. Kamran Akmal has been performing consistently, though in the last match, he couldn’t score good runs for the team, yet other batsmen played their part and made the total respectable. Sammy’s batting also couldn’t click, but I think we have best combination and we will continue with it.”
Lauding the captaincy of Darren Sammy, the pacer said that Sammy is leading the side very well. “In most of the matches, he played key role in team’s victories while in one match, he played with injured leg but even then he guided his team to impressive win.”
On refusal of international players to come and play in Pakistan, Wahab said: “The foreign players must come and play here as when they personally visit Pakistan and play, they will come to know about the reality of the country, which is complete safe and secure to play freely. Furthermore, they would surely love the respect and hospitality of Pakistan people.” About the match against Karachi Kings, Wahab said: “It’s all about execution of plans, as if we succeed in executing our plan well, we will surely be able to not only win the match but also qualify for the final against Islamabad United.”
It was be indeed. Dua karta ho ke tumhe English Naseeb hojaye
Stop your dramay. No empathy for you.
It was Karachi vs rest of Pakistan all tournament but we Karachiites faced it like classy supporters unlike you.
Typo. You, more than anyone else, should know about this...
Afridi got injured, you guys would have been out had he been fit.
No chance for Zalmi if there is a flat high scoring wicket in Karachi.
So Lahore was not flat?
Karachi didn't have the fire power Islamabad have. Also, Zalmi batting is heavily dependent on Kami, can't see them scoring 180+ if he gets out early and anything less than 180 on a flat track would be walk in the park for islamabad
Isloo batting is also not so special. All depends on Ronchi.
Didnt depend on Ronchi when we hammered you the last time we met.
So your point is nullified.
YOUR batting btw, ALL depends of Kakmal. And thats a fact.
We shall see on Sunday.
Not too sure. I know we've done well chasing but its a final. Really do not want to chase, with the scoreboard pressure/final pressure. We did very well when we played them last and batted first.
Hope we bat first and put runs on the board. Zalmi have shown in their 2 games, REGARDLESS of the pitch and small boundaries, knock out games + scoreboard pressure = lots and lots of pressure.
Darren Sammy asks Karachi fans to support Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy has asked his supporters to pray for their win in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final, to be played on March 25 in Karachi.
In a video, shared by one of his fans on twitter, Darren Sammy said, “Yes Karachi we are coming. I want you all to come and support Peshawar Zalmi.”
He also urged all his supporters to wear yellow shirt, the trademark of Peshawar Zalmi. “I want everybody to wear Yellow Shirt. It’s a yellow storm.” Sammy also asked the fan to pray for their win. PSL final will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi on March 25.
Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy is no stranger to taking his team to championships. The star all-rounder led the West Indies to two T20I World Cup wins, and lifted the glittering Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy last year.
This year as well, his team Peshawar Zalmi is in the finals, and he is just one more win away from becoming the champion captain (again).
Sammy’s heroics are well-documented in the PSL. Along with his cricket and his leadership, his personality has won millions of hearts in Pakistan. When the decision was made to bring the PSL final to Lahore last year, Sammy was the first foreign player who agreed on travelling to the country. Not only did he come to Pakistan himself, he also convinced other teammates to do the same.
begging now I see..
Last ball, dropped catch, run-out: Umaid Asif recalls Peshawar vs Quetta thriller
KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi’s right-arm medium Umaid Asif will never forget those last few seconds that could have turned the crucial eliminator either way.
In front of a crowd of thousands at Gaddafi Stadium, Quetta Gladiators needed 25 runs off the last over to avoid elimination. Peshawar Zalmi were just minutes away from almost-certain victory. Until Anwar Ali ran riot and smashed spinner Liam Dawson for 4, 6, 0, 6 and 6. Now Quetta needed just 3 runs from the last ball, and suddenly, Peshawar weren’t so sure of winning anymore.
Last ball. Anwar Ali swung the bat wildly, and the ball went up in the air. And it came down straight at Umaid Asif at the boundary. The next few seconds, according to Umaid, were a blur. He fumbled, dropped the catch, but gathered his wits instantly to return the ball to the bowler at the speed of light.
“When Quetta needed just 3 runs to win [from that last ball], I prayed to God that I don’t want to return home before the final, so please make us win,” the 33-year-old told Geo News.
“When the ball came towards me, I sprinted for the catch. But suddenly, the ball got lost in the floodlights [and I couldn’t see it anymore]. As soon as I dropped the catch, I knew I had to prevent double runs. God helped me,” he recalled.
Umaid Asif’s timely return ran out Mir Hamza, who couldn’t complete the second run. Peshawar Zalmi had won.
“Thankful to God, we won. We will play in the final like we have played and won in the last few knockout games. Every player will be giving their 200% in the final.”
According to Umaid, no team is easy to play. “Even a single over in T20 cricket can change the scenario. So we will not take [Islamabad United] lightly,” he added.
Umaid Asif is the second-highest wicket-taker for Peshawar Zalmi this season, with 12 wickets from 11 matches, behind Wahab Riaz’s 16 wickets from 12 matches.
I bet 80-85% support in National Stadium will be for Zalmi without the call from Sammy. There is a massive Pukhtoon population in Karachi.
Peshawar Zalmi shirts selling out fast as fans gear up for #YellowStorm
PESHAWAR: With just a day to go before the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018, Peshawar Zalmi fans are leaving no stone unturned in cooking up a perfect Yellow Storm to support their team.
It comes as little surprise, then, that Peshawar Zalmi shirts are selling like hot cakes all over Pakistan. Peshawar, the hometown of arguably the most popular team in the entire tournament, is no exception.
“All my stocks of Peshawar Zalmi shirts have sold out. I placed fresh orders at the distributor two, three days ago, but the distributor’s stocks have sold out too. He doesn’t attend my phone anymore!” the owner of a sports shop in Peshawar told Geo News.
A proud Zalmi supporter himself, he gestured at the only Zalmi shirt displayed in his store. “I managed to save one shirt for myself, because I’m a Zalmi fan too. My team is a champion! I’m sure they will win again this time.”
Asked if he would be willing to sell the one remaining Zalmi shirt at many times its original price, he shook his head. “No way! I can only give you the shirt after the match,” he laughed.
Peshawar Zalmi will play the final against Islamabad United at Karachi’s National Stadium on Sunday. The team, led by twice-World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy, won the title in 2017 and is hugely popular among cricket fans, thanks largely to its inspirational victories and Sammy, who enjoys great support for his batting heroics and charisma.
Zalmi’s Wessels says foreign players ‘feel like royalty’ in Pakistan
KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi wicketkeeper-batsman Riki Wessels said on Saturday that the Pakistan Super League final in Karachi is probably more than a game of cricket for the people, and hopefully the Zalmi team will give the fans what they want from the team.
Speaking in a brief interview to the franchise’s media team, the England player said that the foreign players have been looked after very well in the country, adding, “haven’t felt threatened at all. It has been a good experience. There is a passion for cricket. We feel like royalty, it's quite special, next week when I go home no one will know who I am so enjoying my time here.”
Responding to a question, the Zalmi player said that hopefully, the team will get the PSL trophy.
“Hopefully we will clear the finishing line,” he said.
Peshawar Zalmi will face off against Islamabad United in the final on Sunday.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 finalists Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi will take part in practice sessions at the National Stadium today ahead of the final.
The teams will practice amid strict security, with no fan access as the stadium and its environs have been closed to the general public. Only those with special passes will be granted entry into the stadium.
Akmal expects PSL 2018 final to go down to the wire
Peshawar Zalmi talisman Kamran Akmal expects Sunday's Pakistan Super League 2018 final between his side and Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi to be an evenly contested affair and go down to the wire.
"The Islamabad team is very tough and I have a feeling that a winner won't emerge until the very end," Akmal told DawnNewsTV. "I'm hopeful that the match will be great and tough and whoever will have better control on their nerves will win.
Akmal also commented on his team's road to the final and although he has by far been Zalmi's standout performer, he believes it has been a team effort.
"It is a complete team effort that we're in the final," said the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman. "At one point it had seemed that we wouldn't even make it out of the league stage but we did and there is no better feeling.
"We bowled very well too. It wasn't easy to restrict the likes of Lahore and Karachi to modest totals was a brilliant effort and the credit goes to our bowlers.
"It wasn't easy to play in the conditions in Lahore but credit to our players and also credit to the ground staff that worked very hard to make the match happen and didn't disappoint the public."
Akmal attributed his team's difficult start to PSL 2018 to injuries, saying: "There were a lot of injuries. Our captain was injured, I was too then Hasan Ali didn't play the first few matches either. Our combination wasn't set and then the matches were a bit difficult as well."
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