Friday, 3 December 2021

Zalmi’s Sammy beats injury and Gladiators in PSL thriller

Darren Sammy PSL ZALMI

SHARJAH: A hobbling Darren Sammy struck two sixes and a boundary to clinch a sensational five-wicket victory in the last over for Peshawar Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators in the only match of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah on Thursday.

The Zalmi skipper, who twice hurt his hamstring during bowling, came to the crease with 16 needed off the last seven deliveries. He hit the last ball of fast bowler Rahat Ali’s penultimate over for a six to the long-on boundary.

It was an amazing victory which lifted Peshawar to four points in as many games while Quetta also have four points in four games.

Sammy (2-21) had to leave the field after twice falling in his follow through, apparently hurting his hamstring. Wahab Riaz, Sammy and Umaid took two wickets apiece.

Shane Watson hit five sixes during his knock after he was reprieved by Sammy at extra cover off Mohammad Asghar. That lapse cost Zalmi dearly as Watson added 50 for the second wikcet with Umar Amin who made only ten.

Rilee Rossouw (25-ball 37 with two sixes and as many boundaries) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed added 42 for the fifth wicket but Umaid Asif broke the partnership as well; as had Mohammad Nawaz for three to check the flow of runs.

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