Sharjeel century sends favourites Zalmi home

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 21, 2016.

Sharjeel century sends favourites Zalmi home

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 21, 2016.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 7:52 PM
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    With a spot in the final at stake, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bowl first, but failed to make early inroads. While the Peshawar Zalmi bowlers managed to keep Dwayne Smith on a leash - he ended up making only 19 runs off 37 balls, they failed to do the same with Sharjeel, who went on to score the first individual 100 of the PSL.

    While Sharjeel was aggressive from the get go, it was in the 9th over where he really broke free, hitting left arm spinner Mohammad Asghar for 17 runs, including a couple of sixes and a four. He followed that by hitting Afridi for a six and a four of consecutive deliveries in the next over.

    Sammy and Wahab also suffered the same treatment as Sharjeel continued to punish the Zalmi bowlers, but Shaun Tait brought Zalmi back into the game by first trapping Dwayne Smith leg before wicket and then bowling Brad Haddin out on the very first delivery that he faced. Tait should have got a hattrick but Kamran Akmal dropped a chance offered by Khalid Latif. Sharjeel then hit Tait for four and followed it up with a delightful upper cut for six to switch back the momentum with the Islamabad United side.

    Sharjeel eventually brought up his hundred with a straight six off Shahid Afridi, his century coming off just 50 deliveries. Given Sharjeel's manic batting form, the Zalmi bowlers did well to restrict the Islamabad United for just 35 runs in the last 4 overs.

    A target of 178 was always going to be a tough chase for the Zalmi side, and the Islamabad United made it tougher by taking wickets at regular intervals. Of the Zalmi top order batsmen, only Kamran Akmal could make a worthy contribution, scoring 45 off 32 deliveries. Malan was the first to go, as he edged a Badree delivery to the keeper. Imran Khalid then got rid of Kamran, Hafeez, Hodge and Sammy to put Islamabad United into the driver's seat.

    Peshawar Zalmi continued to sink as Andre Russell then bowled Shahid Yousuf with a yorker, while Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali lost their wickets trying to slog Irfan and Sami respectively. Shahid Afridi managed to ignite some hope in the 18th over, hitting Russell for 6,4,6 off his first three deliveries before giving a catch to Dwayne Smith in the deep off the fourth delivery. Russell bowled Asghar off the last delivery of the over, to complete a 50 run victory and book a spot in Tuesday's final for the Islamabad side.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 21, 2016.

    1. Express Pace
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      Express Pace Cornered Tiger

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      Sharjeel had the game of his life. A great knock, especially with Dwayne Smith struggling at the other end.
       
    2. Don Quixote
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      Don Quixote Whispering Death

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      Terrific knock... Some good hitting by him... Always good to see sixes off fast bowlers... Way to go...
       
    3. chandtara
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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      Good win for Islamabad but you have to feel for Peshawar. Did all the hard work in the group stages and topped the group coming in to the knockouts. Lost the two games in the qualifiers and are on the way home now.

      From the start I haven't agreed with the format for the knockout stages. With just 5 teams maybe it would have been better for the top 2 playing in the final. Maybe a best of 3 final?

      Going back to the game though it was all about Sharjeel Khan today. Single handedly won that game for his team. Islamabad have built up a bit of momentum in the last few games.
       
    4. Munna
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      Munna Moderator-e-Aala

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      I think it was done to play safe for the first time and make the league relevant with its format (though it wasn't going to work with 5 teams which they couldn't realize).

      Also, it gave a couple of additional matches to owners and organizers to make some more money.

      PCB has organized and marketed this league more as a business venture than a cricketing need of this country.
       
    5. Munna
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      Sharjeel batted extremely well and actually showed more range of shots than his recent outings.

      But Zalmi bowling was also below par and they kept bowling continuously in the wrong areas and it looked like they were short of plans.

      Even in the batting, no one knew how to approach the innings.
       
    6. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Extremely poor performance by Zalmi. They did not show up at all yesterday.
       
    7. Rhythm
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      @Ahson8 You couldn't find a better picture?
       
    8. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      Firstly, I didn't choose the picture lol.

      Secondly, what's wrong with the picture ?
       
    9. Patriot
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      Patriot Kaptaan

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    10. Energy
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      Energy Cornered Tiger

      Apr 22, 2012
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      Its unfortunate for Zalmi to be out this way - we knew the league format was a little crap.

      Quetta should win the tournament now for any sort of justice.
       
    11. Express Pace
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      Express Pace Cornered Tiger

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      Zalmi had two chances to make the final, they failed at both hurdles. I like the format.
       
    12. Mercenary
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      Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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      I like this format because it tests your knockout bottle as much as your ability to win group games. Zalmi had two chances to get into the final, they lost both times. Sure they were a powerful team in group games but they didn't have what it takes to win back to back knockout games.
       
    13. Patriot
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      Patriot Kaptaan

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      did you want them to have another chance to get to the final. It looks like you needed Peshawar to win at any cost. Why don't just had the trophy to them
       
    14. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      This was because we had serial match losers like Kamran Akmal & Hafeez in our ranks.
       
    15. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

      Oct 6, 2014
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      Islamabad have won 6/10 matches
      Peshawar also won 6/10 matches

      What justice you're talking about?
       
    16. salimqane
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      salimqane Youngsta Beauty

      Feb 22, 2016
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      He scored a century that PSL need, also he got rewarded by the selectors. Now he is a member of Pakistani Asia Cup squad. Well player boy!
       

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