The league phase of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League got over with a thrilling contest between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. The match went down to super over and Peshawar Zalmi eventually won the game. But in-between, there was a lot of drama happening. From Lahore Qalandar’s most successful batter this season getting out for a golden duck and Shaheen Afridi smashing sixes to send the match into a super over to easy catches being dropped, the 40 overs saw it all.
Talking about dropped catches, one of the worst drops came really early in the match when Kamran Ghulam dropped a sitter of Haris Rauf’s bowling. In the second over of the Zalmi innings, Rauf managed to outfox Hazratullah Zazai and induce a thick edge. The ball ballooned up and Ghulam settled himself under it at point but at the end moment, he somehow managed to spill it off. This infuriated Haris.
So, when Rauf dismissed Mohammad Haris after three deliveries and took his first wicket of the game, he celebrated fiercely. He was really excited and when Ghulam went to Rauf to join hands in the celebration, the pacer burst out his frustration and slapped Ghulam. He looked angry but Ghulam was mature enough to take it lightly as he kept smiling all along.
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Peshawar Zalmi win the game in super over
The last league game which was expected to be a dead rubber turned out to be the most thrilling one of this season. Peshawar Zalmi managed to put 158/7 on the board in their quote of 20 overs. A 28-ball 32 from veteran batter Shoaib Malik and some handy contributions from Hazratullah Zazai (20), Kamran Akmal (18), Haider Ali (22), Hussain Talat (17), and Khalid Usman (19) helped Zalmi put a fighting total.
Shoaib Malik continued his good form in bowling as well. He dismissed Lahore’s most successful batter, Fakhar Zaman, for a golden duck on the very first delivery of Lahore’s innings. Philip Salt and Ghulam, however, scored some runs in the powerplay. The professor also joined the party as he scored 49 crucial runs but it was captain Shaheen Afridi who stole the show with his 39* off 20 balls with the help of 4 sixes. His assault in the final over helped Qalandars level Zalmi’s total and send the match in the super over.
In the end, it was all about six deliveries and Peshawar’s skipper Wahab Riaz brought out the best as he only gave away 5 runs. Shoaib Malik then sealed the game for Zalmi with two boundaries.