The topper of the PSL 2021 Points Table Islamabad United team scored the highest ever total today against the second no team of the season Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar Zalmi team’s captain Wahab Riaz decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Islamabad United team’s opener and also the captain of the team Usman Khawaja faced just 56 deliveries and scored 105 runs not out. He completed his magnificent innings by smashing 13 boundaries and three maximums.
IU vs PZ Highlights today Thursday, 6-17-2021 – 26th Match (N), Pakistan Super League from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Colin Munro scored 48 runs off 28 balls. Asif Ali was the most dismissive batsman today with his 43 runs knock of just 14 balls. He smashed five 6s and two 4s. Brandon King scored 46 runs off 22 balls. The Islamabad United team scored 245 runs in 20 overs with just two wickets down. Sameen Gul leaked 56 runs in 4 overs, Umaid Asif 54, Abrar Ahmed 48.
PZ won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Islamabad United team: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Usman Khawaja (capt), 3 Brandon King, 4 Hussain Talat, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Muhammad Akhlaq (wk), 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Zafar Gohar, 10 Fawad Ahmed, 11 Akif Javed.
Peshawar Zalmi team: 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Hazratullah Zazai, 3 Imam-ul-Haq, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Sherfane Rutherford, 7 Abrar Ahmed, 8 Wahab Riaz (capt), 9 Umaid Asif, 10 Waqar Salamkheil, 11 Sameen Gul.
In reply, the Peshawar Zalmi team also showed a brilliant performance today. The most dangerous batsmen of the Peshawar Zalmi team Hazratullah Zazai have gone with duck. After the most valuable wicket down Kamran Akmal † took charge and batted very sensibly. He scored 54 runs off 32 balls. Imam-ul-Haq’s wicket dismissed with just 7 runs. Shoaib Malik faced 36 balls and scored 68 runs. He smashed three 6s and six 4s. Sherfane Rutherford scored 29 runs off 8 balls, Wahab Riaz (c) 28 and Umaid Asif 20.
Match Timings: 13:00 GMT | 17:00 Local | 18:00 PKT
Umpires – Rashid Riaz, Shozab Raza
TV Umpires – Ahsan Raza
Match Referee – Mohammad Anees
Reserve Umpire – Zameer Haider
Match number – Pakistan Super League 2021 Match No. 26
Post Match Presentation.
Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz: “I’m just speechless. I think we were very pathetic in the field when we won the toss and bowled first knowing they were a bowler short. We should have restricted them to 160-170. The attitude wasn’t there. We rested Irfan and knew there was something there for the spinners. The guys who have been playing continuously should know what the plans are and they didn’t stick to the plan, not according to the fields. The ball was always in the slot.”
Man of the Match Usman Khawaja: “It was enjoyable to bat 20 overs. It was a great team effort because we had a lot of players not playing so it’s very satisfying. I’m not trying to take anything away from our bowlers because they put in a great effort, but Shadab was resting. We knew we were probably going one short on pace. The wicket was really good.”