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Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 1 run to reach final of PSL 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SHARJAH – Quetta Gladiators won nail-biting encounter against Peshawar Zalmi by one run in the first playoff of the Pakistan Super League 2017 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Sent into bat first, Shahzad scored 71 off 38 with the help of 4 sixes and 7 fours in partnership with Kevin Pietersen, who made 22-ball 40 to guide Gladiators to 200-7 in 20 overs game. Wahab Riaz took 3 wickets for 39 runs.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The match started at 09:00 PM Pakistan time, which corresponds to 08:30 PM Indian time, 05:00 GMT and 08:00 PM according to UAE time.
The winner of this game will be through to the final of the tournament, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on March 5. The losing team will get another opportunity to secure a place in the final by facing the winner of the second playoff (Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings) on March 3.
The second playoff will be played between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings on tomorrow (Wednesday) at the same venue.
Where to watch: All matches will air on PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo sports. Similarly, cricket enthusiasts of the world can catch live action on MENA – OSN, Africa – Startimes, Bangladesh – Gazi TV, UK – A plus, channel 44, Prime TV, Geo TV, Caribbean – Flow TV, USA – A Plus, Afghanistan – Moby.
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (captain), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Jordan, Samit Patel, Kamran Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Harris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Khushdil Shah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imran Khan (jr), Junaid Khan, M. Irfan Khan.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Gul, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anwar Ali, Tymal Mills, Hassan Khan, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza, Zulfiqar Babar, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Noor Wali.

PSL 2017: Quetta Gladiators snatch dramatic 1-run victory to reach finals

In a dramatic finish, Quetta Gladiators won by one run against Peshawar Zalmi and reached the final of the Pakistan Super League after the end of the first playoff.
Batting heroics by Hafeez, Malan and Afridi failed to push their side towards victory in what was a nail-biting finish at the Sharjah Stadium. This was the second straight one run victory for the Gladiators.
A poor shot by Hasan Ali on the last ball of the innings sealed Zalmi's fate and he was run out by Sarfraz.
Shahid Afridi got busy from the get go and punished the bowlers with long-distance sixes. Afridi's presence on the pitch was troublesome for Zalmi's bowling attack. He was finally caught on a ball by Anwar Ali, ending his onslaught that put 34 on the scoreboard in 13 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez and DJ Malan's 139-run partnership put Peshawar Zalmi on the front foot, covering up earlier losses suffered by the side.
Hafeez's brutal knock of 77 runs off 47 balls and Malan's half-century turned the match around in what could have been a one-sided affair.
His aggressive innings was punctuated by five fours and six sixes till he was finally caught by Saad Nasim on the cover boundary off a ball by Mohammad Nawaz
Zalmi stabilised their innings after a damaging start with Hafeez and Malan maintaining a strong partnership on the pitch.
The partnership stood at 83 runs at the end of the 10th over. Zalmi required 115 runs of 60 balls at the halfway point.
Zalmi faltered and lost two quick wickets, while chasing a daunting 201, at the start of their innings.
Mohammad Hafeez and DJ Malan were at the crease at the end of the 7th over and had crafted a 50-run partnership in five overs.
Opener Kamran Akmal was caught on a ball by Zulfiqar Babar after scoring a single run. His replacement, Samuels, made the same paltry contribution before being run out. A shaky start by the side.

Gladiators innings

Gladiators made an impressive 200 runs at the end of their innings with Zalmi failing to control the runaway run rate at the start of the game. in the first playoff match in the Pakistan Super League.
Even though the Gladiators lost seven wickets, including Shehzad and Pietersen, the run rate kept steady at nearly 10 per over. Gladiators had starting hitting big from the start and maintained pressure on Zalmi's bowling attack.
Gladiators were in the driving seat after damaging knocks by Ahmad Shehzad and Kevin Pietersen in their match against Peshawar Zalmi in the first playoff match in the Pakistan Super League.
Pietersen knock of 40 further cemented Gladiators control with Zalmi's bowlers failing to pick up regular wickets or slow down the run rate. Gladiators were cruising with a run rate of almost 10 runs per over at the end of the 15th over.
Pietersen was caught by Asghar on a ball by Wahab Riaz.
Gladiators blitzed their way to a score of 121 in the tenth over, helped by Ahmad Shehzad's quickfire 71 in the first playoff match in the Pakistan Super League.
Shehzad punished the bowlers at a regular basis and hit periodic boundaries, which included seven fours and four sixes, till he was finally stopped by Sammy who claimed his wicket. Kevin Pietersen remained steady on the crease and was joined by Rossouw after Shehzad's departure.
The first wicket to fall for the Gladiators was Wright, who scored 12 off seven balls and managed to hit two boundaries before returning to the pavilion. Kevin Pietersen joined Shahzad on on the crease after the fall of the first wicket.
Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and decided to bowl first against Quetta Gladiators.
Luke Wright and Ahmad Shahzad have opened the innings for Gladiators.
The pitch report revealed that the average score batting first is 165-170 runs.
"Looks like a very good wicket. Hopefully we can restrict them to a good total like we have done before," said Zalmi skipper Sammy.


Peshawar Zalmi

DJG Sammy (capt), DJ Malan, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, MN Samuels, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, CJ Jordan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, EJG Morgan, Imran Khan (1), Sohaib Maqsood

Quetta Gladiators

Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), LJ Wright, Ahmed Shehzad, KP Pietersen, RR Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Saad Nasim, Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, TS Mills, Bismillah Khan, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, NLTC Perera, Umar Gul, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq

PSL 2017: Imran Khan, Javed Miandad oppose Lahore final

Monday, February 27, 2017

LAHORE: PTI Chairman and former captain Imran Khan on Monday voiced his strong opposition to holding the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore. 

"God forbid, if any blast takes place in Lahore, there will be no cricket in Pakistan in the next 10 years," Khan said, in an exclusive chat with senior SAMAA's senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik, on Monday.

"This is madness considering the situation here" he said, referring to the series of bomb blasts which rocked Pakistan. "What's the point of holding the PSL final in Lahore? It isn't even an international match," he said.

"In my view, it is a very terrible idea. We want to hold this match by calling in army and blocking roads and there will be high security. This will not send a good message," he said.

Legendary cricketer Javed Miandad fully backed Imran Khan's stance on hosting the final in Lahore.

"I have been saying this for the last three days that there is need to hold the final in Lahore owing to security situation," Miandad said.

"This would be a great setback to Pakistan's cricket if anything happened during the final," he added.

The reactions from Khan and Miandad came shortly after Najam Sethi and Punjab authorities confirmed the holding of the PSL final in Lahore on March 5

PSL 2017 final match to be played in Lahore

LAHORE  – Government of Punjab has permitted Pakistan Cricket Board to hold final match of Pakistan Super League 2017 on March 5 in the provincial capital.
The decision of the government has come in during a conundrum after the odds of Lahore hosting the final match ebbed following a suicide blast on February 13 claiming 14 lives.
All hotels in surroundings of Gaddafi Stadium will remain closed until March 5 while Nishtar Park Sports Complex is to be shut from Tuesday onwards.


While briefing the media over the development today, Chairman of Pakistan Super League, Najam Sethi announced that the tickets would be made available to the public tomorrow (Tuesday).
There have been made four categories for tickets of the Gaddafi Stadium clash, he said.
Fans can buy tickets for Rs 500, Rs 4,000, Rs 8,000 or pay Rs 12,000 for the top most category to witness final match of Pakistan s first of its kind international cricket league.


The cricket authority forwarded a summary over the issue to the Government of Punjab on Saturday paving way for the decision. Chief Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of the apex committee on Sunday to deliberate over the issue and review the security situation.
Earlier today, Law Minister of Punjab, Rana Sanaullah said that the government would give out the decision within a day or two.
Earlier on February 20, the national cricket authority had issued a list of 56 foreign players who had agreed to visit Pakistan for the final match.
In the latest of developments, teams of 16 international broadcasters have been issued visas for coverage of the match while security experts from eight countries would be visiting Pakistan.
Law Minister of Punjab, Rana Sanaullah has said that a five-tier security would be ensured for the final match.
Debate and confusion had cast a shadow over the final match’s venue after a bomb blast on Lahore’s Mall Road on February 13 claimed 14 lives. However, Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the cricket authority and departments concerned that fool-proof security would be provided to the players and the match should be played in Lahore.
Chairman of Pakistan Super League, Najam Sethi assured the foreign players of provision of presidential-level security in Lahore.
The league kicked off on February 9 with a grand opening ceremony in Dubai and while addressing the ceremony, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Shehryar Khan had announced that the final match was to be played in Lahore and there were no two ways about it.

PSL 2017: Karachi Kings qualify for playoffs, Qalandars eliminated

Sunday, February 26, 2017

DUBAI: Karachi Kings defeated Islamabad United by six wickets in rain-reduced Twenty20 match and qualified for playoffs of the Pakistan Super League 2017.
Although, Islamabad United had already qualified for the playoffs but their encounter with Karachi Kings on Sunday was important for Lahore Qalandars too.
With the defeat of Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars are now eliminated from the tournament.
Earlier, Islamabad United set a target of 124 runs for Karachi Kings after the match was reduced to 15 overs a side due to rain here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday night.
Karachi Kings reached the target at the loss of four wickets with 1 ball remaining. Chris Gayle scored quick-fire 44 runs off 17 balls —striking back-to-back three sixes.

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