RAWALPINDI – Islamabad United on Saturday set 196-run target for Peshawar Zalmi in the 20th match of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Chasing the target, Peshawar Zalmi managed to score 85/2 in 9 overs when rain interrupted play and the match was temporarily suspended. At that stage, Peshawar were 7 runs ahead of the D/L par score. The match was later called off as the rain continued in Rawalpindi and Peshawar was declared the winner by Duckworth-Lewis method. However, Shadab Khan was awarded Man of the Match for his blistering innings of 77 off 42 balls.
Kamran Akmal top-scored for Peshawar scoring 37 off 21 (6×1, 4×4).
Earlier, the two-time champions scored 195 runs for the loss of five wickets in their quota of 20 overs.
Skipper Shadab Khan top scored for Islamabad with 77 off 42. He smashed four sixes and five fours in his innings. Colin Munro scored 52 off 35 (6×2, 4×4) while Colin Ingram registered 41 off 25 (6×2, 4×1).
Peshawar Zalmi’s Hasan Ali picked up two wickets. Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi won the toss against Islamabad United and decided to bowl first.
Islamabad United: L Ronchi(WK), C Munro, Shadab Khan(C), CA Ingram, Asif Ali, Rizwan Hussain, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, DW Steyn, Rumman Raees
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal(WK), Imam-ul-Haq, T Banton, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, LS Livingstone, CR Brathwaite, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz(C), Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali
Players Don Pink Caps
As a part of an initiative to create awareness about breast cancer, the players are donning pink caps. Peshawar Zalmi were accompanied by young girls, wearing pink caps, to their fielding positions.
The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has turned pink. The stumps are coated in pink color and messages for the awareness about the disease are displayed on the in-stadia screens. The players, match officials and commentators are wearing pink ribbons.
The Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will also be turned pink as Lahore Qalandars face defending champions Quetta Gladiators in today’s second game at 07:00 PM.
There is nothing that differentiates between the performance of Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing event except the net run rate as both teams have played seven matches so far, won three and lost three.
United are at second place in the points table with better net run rate and Zalmi are at third spot. Both teams share seven points. One game of each team was rained off.