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PSL 3: Zalmi Eliminates Gladiators After Nail Biting Contest

Lahore (March 20, 2018): Peshawar Zalmi qualified to play the second qualifier match against Karachi Kings after defeating Quetta Gladiators by one run in a nail-biting thriller on Tuesday. 

In pursuit of 158, Gladiators wobbled early as they lost Asad Shafique on the very first ball of their innings. Hassan Ali was the bowler who gave Zalmi early breakthrough.

In his second over, Hassan picked Tom Kohler-Cadmore to dent the momentum of the chase.

After two quick wickets, Sarfraz and Nawaz led recovery. Both players kept the things under control with also ensuring to keep scoreboard ticking. Both batsmen added 63 runs for the third wicket. At time, when Gladiators were taking match away from Zalmi, Sammy introduce Sameen Gul. And, the right-arm pacer didn’t disappoint his skipper as he removed Sarfraz and Nawaz in consecutive deliveries.

To add insult to injuries, Umaid Asif repeated the episode for Zalmi when he claimed two important wickets of Rile Rossouw and Mahmudullah in 16th over.

Following this debacle, Gladiators failed to make recovery and eventually lost the match by 1 run.

11.27 pm: PSL 3: Zalmi win the match by 1 run and eliminates Gladiators.

11.20 pm: Quetta Need 25 Runs in 6 Balls with 2 Wickets in Hand.

11. 16 pm: Quetta Need 25 Runs in 7 Balls with 2 Wickets in Hand.

11.06 pm: Quetta Need 30 Runs in 18 Balls with 3 Wickets in Hand.

10.56 pm: Quetta Lose 6th Wicket in Crucial Phase of Game.

10.53 pm: Quetta Lose 5th Wicket in Crucial Phase of Game.

10.50 pm: Gladiators need 46 runs in 30 balls with 6 Wickets in Hand. Mahmudullah and Rilee Rossouw put Quetta Gladiators back on track after Sameen Gul’s double strike in the first elimination match of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

10.37 pm: Gladiators need 56 runs in 42 balls with 6 Wickets in Hand.

10.34 pm: Gladiators need 64 runs in 48 balls with 6 Wickets in Hand. The eliminator enters in the crucial phase.

10.29 pm: Gladiators need 72 runs in 54 balls with 6 Wickets in Hand.

10.22 pm: Gladiators need 78 runs in 60 balls with 6 Wickets in Hand.

10.18 pm: Gladiators Lose 4th Wicket of Captain Sarfraz Against Zalmi. First, it was Mohammad Nawaz, who holed out to third man trying to hit it back over the bowler’s head. And then the Pakistan skipper goes for a pull and gets a top edge which balloons up and the keeper takes. Sameen Gul on a hat-trick

10.17 pm: Gladiators Lose 3rd Wicket Against Zalmi.

10.12 pm: Gladiators Score 79 For 2 in 8th Over. 79 required in 66 balls.

10.08 pm: Gladiators Score 63 For 2 in 8th Over.

10.03 pm: Gladiators Score 54 For 2 in 7th Over.

9.59 pm: Gladiators Score 49 For 2 in 6th Over.

9.55 pm: Gladiators Score 37 For 2 in 5th Over of their inning. 121 required in 90 balls.

9.50 pm: Gladiators Score 32 For 2 in 4th Over of their inning. 126 required in 96 balls.

9.46 pm: Gladiators Score 24 For 2 in 3rd Over.

9.42 pm: WICKET!

Hasan Ali has another one and this time it is Tom Kohler-Cadmore who will go back. He tried to slash a length delivery from Ali but only managed to nick it to the wicket-keeper.

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9.40 pm: Gladiators Score 17 For 1 in 2nd Over.

9.35 pm: Gladiators Score 9 For 1 in First Over of eliminator.

9.31 pm: Gladiators lose Asad Shafiq on very first ball of their inning. WICKET! Hasan Ali gets a wicket straight away. Asad Shafiq edges that one and Darren Sammy completes a good catch to send him back for a golden duck

9.30 pm: Gladiators Start their inning with the hope to win the eliminator against Zalmi

Lahore (March 20, 2018): An stunning fifty of Liam Dawson lifted Peshawar Zalmi to 157 in the first elimination match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 against Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Peshawar had a wobbly start, losing in-form Kamran Akmal for a three-ball duck to Rahat Ali, after Quetta opted to bowl first in swinging conditions.

West Indian Andre Fletcher was dismissed soon after for 1, by Mir Hamza. But Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez led Peshawar’s recovery, taking the team past 50 without any further loss before Hafeez was bowled by Mahmudullah for 25 off 14.

Peshawar were sent reeling when Tamim dashed down the pitch, only to be caught by a fumbling Kohler-Cadmore in the deep for 27 off 29.

Perera took the night’s second great catch to send Saad Nasim back to the dugout for 9 off 13, as Peshawar struggled at 86-5.

Dawson’s resistance, however, steadied Peshawar, as he smashed 50 off just 29 balls to end Quetta’s dominance in the game.

Skipper Sammy, who walked out to bat to a standing ovation from the crowd, struggled to score, falling to Rahat Ali for 2 off 5 balls.

Two balls later, Rahat Ali dismissed Dawson after the spinner smashed 62 off 35 balls. The left-arm pacer finished with 4 wickets from 16 runs.

9.19 pm: Dawson Helps Zalmi To Set 158 Runs Target against Gladiators.

9.13 pm: Zalmi Score 154 For 8 in 19 Overs

9.08 pm: Zalmi Score 137 For 8 in 18 Overs

9.06 pm: Zalmi lost 8th wicket.

9.04 pm: Zalmi lost 7th wicket.

9.01 pm: Zalmi score 135 For 6 in 17 Overs. Dawson makes stunning half century.

8.56 pm: Zalmi Score 114 For 6 in 16 Overs.

8.51 pm: Zalmi lose 6th wicket.

8.47 pm: Strategic Time Out

8.46 pm: Zalmi Score 111 For 5 in 15 Overs.

8.44 pm: Zalmi Score 101 For 5 in 14 Overs.

8.39 pm: Zalmi score 87 for 5 in 13 Overs.

8.37 pm: Zalmi lose another wicket at 86 runs.

8.35 pm: Zalmi reach 86, lose 4wickets in 12 Overs

8.31 pm: Zalmi Score 83 For 4 in 11 Overs

8.27 pm: Zalmi Score 76 For 4 in 10 Overs

8.22 pm: Zalmi Score 59 For 4 in 9 Overs.

8.19 pm: WICKET! A huge wicket and it’s Tamim Iqbal who will take the long walk back. He came down the track but only managed to give a catch to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at long on. Tamim goes for 27, Peshawar are 58/4.

8.15 pm: Zalmi lose another wicket. This time its Hafiz. Mahmudullah strikes in his first over. He castles Hafeez for 25. Peshawar Zalmi are in a spot of bother here. The off-spinner came round the wicket and dismantled the off-stump behind Hafeez who tried to sweep the delivery away to on-side.

8.12 pm:  Zalmi cross 50 runs in 7th over for the loss of 2 wickets.

8.08 pm: Tamim, Hafeez steady Peshawar after wobbly start. Zalmi make 44 for 2 in 6 overs.

8.05 pm: Zalmi Score 37 For 2 in 5 Overs. Hafeez starts hitting for his team.

7.59 pm: Zalmi Score 24 For 2 in 4 Overs. Tamim’s three boundaries ease the pressure on Zalmis.

7.53 pm: Zalmi Score 14 For 2 in 3 Overs.

7.47 pm: Zalmi lose second wicket, Fletcher departs early.

WICKET! What a catch from Thisara Perera to dismiss Fletcher. He sprinted backwards and held on to a superb take. Peshawar 10/2. Hamza has his first and this is a brilliant start for Gladiators

7.43 pm: Zalmi Score 10 for 1.


Zalmi lose first wicket of Karman Akmal at the score of 9. Rahat Ali gets Kamran Akmal. He plays it on to his stumps. Akmal is gone for a duck Peshawar are 9/1. It was a brilliant delivery that was going away from the right-hander but Akmal missed to execute the cut properly and played it on to his stumps.

7.42 pm: Gladiators score 9 runs in first over without losing wicket.

7.40 pm: Match Begins once again.

7.305pm: Empires inspecting pitch condition, the management is trying hard to make match possible.

7:05 pm: Rain disrupted play between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi at the Gaddafi Stadium, after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl in the first elimination match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.

Opener Tamim Iqbal slogged-sweeped two fours, taking Peshawar to 8-0 off the first four balls of the match before rain stopped play and forced the teams off the field.

7:00 pm: Match Has been started as Muhammad Nawaz has taken ball while Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal to open the inning.

6.35 pm: Quetta Gladiators win the toss and elect to field against Peshawar Zalmi.

6:00 pm: The ground staff has swiftly started to dry up the ground after rain stopped in hope to play match on time.

5:30 pm: After short brief heavy rain again lashed out Qaddafi Stadium that has further increased the shadow of doubts on match, however people still have the hop of rays to see players in action.

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The foreign players who came Pakistan were also enthusiastic to play in Pakistan and before the emotional spectators.5:10pm: The entry of cricket lovers have started and long queues are witnessing outside the stadium. despite heavy rain people could not stopped themselves to throng to stadium.

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Lahore (March 20, 2018): The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has returned to Pakistan as in first eliminator on Tuesday a nail biting contest will be expected between Peshawar Zalmi at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore as both teams have reached in the stadium.

The cricket lovers are anxiously waiting for a big contest and foreign players in action after long time when the final of second edition of the PSL was played at Qaddafi Stadium between the same rivalry.

Today’s encounter is a do-or-die for both: the losing team will get eliminated from the competition, while the winning team will play Karachi Kings in Lahore tomorrow (March 21).

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Both Peshawar and Quetta have won 5 and lost 5 matches in this season’s league stage, but Peshawar edged out Quetta on Net Run Rate to get the third spot on the points table.

Peshawar Zalmi
Head coach: Mohammad Akram

Captain: Darren Sammy

Squad: Darren Sammy (c), Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Umaid Asif, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shabbir Rahman, Liam Dawson, Sameen Gul, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Wahab Riaz

Quetta Gladiators
Head coach: Moin Khan

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Rilee Rossouw, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Thisara Perera, Chris Green, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Johnson Charles