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Islamabad United United defeat Peshwar Zalmi (Photo/ PSL)
Islamabad United United defeat Peshwar Zalmi (Photo/ PSL)

PSL: Zalmi overcome Azam's belligerent 85 to secure two crucial points

ANI | Updated: Feb 18, 2022 08:31 IST

Lahore [Pakistan], February 18 (ANI): Peshawar Zalmi continued their brilliant turnaround in the Pakistan Super League 7 as they secured a thrilling 10-run win (third consecutive victory) over Islamabad United in the 24th match of the tournament played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Thursday night.
Player of the match Mohammad Haris produced a dazzling innings of 70 to set-up his side's win. Zalmi then overcame Azam Khan's heroic 85 off 45 balls (six fours, seven sixes) to ensure they defend their 206-run total.
Zalmi who elected to bat first could not have hoped for a better beginning as the wicketkeeper-batter Haris did his growing reputation no harm by setting alight the GSL with a series of scintillating strokes in only his third appearance in his HBL PSL career. The right-hander took a mere 18 balls to post his maiden HBL PSL 50 - joint third fastest in tournament's history.

Haris and Hazratullah Zazai (13) added 73 for the first-wicket inside the power play overs. Haris scored 70 off 32 balls (seven fours, five sixes) before his dismissal to Waqas Maqsood.
After Haris' loss, Zalmi's emerging pick Yasir Khan and the seasoned Shoaib Malik mounted further pressure on the United bowlers with 35 and 38 runs contributions off 24 and 23 balls respectively both hit two sixes each. United though managed to bring some semblance of respectability to their bowling effort as Zalmi were held back in the death overs. Faheem Ashraf took three and Waqas Maqsood took two wickets.
Zalmi have meanwhile climbed to the third spot with 10 points from nine games and have one-foot in the play-offs. United have dropped to the fourth spot but remain in the hunt of securing one of the three available play-off spots.
Sultans are the only teams to have qualified for the play-offs, Lahore Qalandars are on number two with 10 points while Quetta Gladiators are fifth with six points. Kings have already been knocked out of the play-off run, they remain winless with eight defeats in eight games.
Brief Scores: Peshawar Zalmi 206/8 (Mohammad Haris 70, Shoaib Malik 38; Faheem Ashraf 3-33); Islamabad United 196/7 (Azam Khan 85, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 46; Salman Irshad 3-29). (ANI)