Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, PSL 2016, Dubai February 5, 2016

Asghar, Wahab help Peshawar defend 145

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Peshawar Zalmi 145 for 7 (Tamim 51, Russell 3-31) beat Islamabad United 121 for 9 (Asghar 3-20, Wahab 3-32) by 24 runs
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File photo - Wahab Riaz got the wicket of Islamabad United' top-scorer Shane Watson © Getty Images

A skilful performance from the left-arm duo of Mohammad Asghar and Wahab Riaz sealed Peshawar Zalmi's 24-run win in their opening fixture against Islamad United.

Defending 145, Asghar's slow, loopy spinners derailed Islamabad's top order. He dismissed Babar Azam for a duck in his first over, Umar Amin for four in his second and then got the big wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq for 12 as Islamabad lost half their side for 66 runs. Shane Watson, who made 28, was their top-scorer, but he was dismissed by Wahab in the ninth over.

Sam Billings and Andre Russell resisted, but both of them fell off successive balls and Wahab finished with 3 for 32. Asghar had a hand in those wickets too - he clung on to two sharp chances on the cover boundary and later played them down by saying he had large hands like most Pathans and so it would be hard to drop catches. So United fell to 121 for 9 and their second defeat in as many matches.

In the first innings, Peshawar managed to reach 145 with Tamim Iqbal making a run-a-ball half-century. It ended up a crucial contribution considering Peshawar, having chosen to bat, had stumbled to 88 for 4 in the 15th over and needed a set batsman in the middle for Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy to go hard at the other end. Their late hitting pushed the total past 140 in the death, though, none of Peshawar's batsmen, barring Tamim, managed a score more than 16. For Islamabad, Russell took 3 for 31.

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  • world on February 7, 2016, 18:06 GMT

    PSL is exact opposite to ipl in ipl we usually se really high scoring games 180 is an average total in ipl but in psl we see some really good bowling . But high scoring matches are a treat to watch

  •   Muhammad Hafeez on February 6, 2016, 10:58 GMT

    great going peshawer zalmi and we have some new bowler for pakistan from psl sadly no new batsman but no worries with time we will get some.

  • Muhammad on February 6, 2016, 10:26 GMT

    Rumman Raees was quite impressive. Slower bouncers, perfect yorkers and pace variations. Bowling death overs when players like Tamim and Afridi are playing is not an ideal situation to bowl for a youngster but he was up for the task. He can be a good prospect for Pakistan if he can up his pace.

  • Jahanzeb Jahangeer Dars on February 6, 2016, 10:07 GMT

    Zalmi are lacking in middle order.. Hafiz should play in middle order because he is good against spinners. Shahid yousif is good middle order batter.. But sammy if dont bowl then dont have place in the team. Amir yamin can come in at 6. Can bowl handy 4 overs and jim allenby is a good lower order hitter and all rounder.. Next matches two changes.. Jim allenby in for sammy and amir yamin in for junaid khan.. Kamran should open and hafiz should play at 4. Team be like 1:tamim 2:kamran 3:malan 4:hafiz 5:yousif 6:allenby 7:yamin 8:afridi 9:wahab 10:tait 11:asgher

  • Ikram on February 6, 2016, 9:01 GMT

    Zalmi have a great bowling unit they just lack a few good batters in the middle order.

  • Dua Abdullah on February 6, 2016, 7:40 GMT

    afridi and Co done fabulous job yesterday

  • Hasan on February 6, 2016, 7:14 GMT

    though it's too early to say but it seems Peshawar Zalmi n Karachi kings are two teams to watch out

  • mohammad on February 6, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    simply loving the league ... its amazing to see all players together

  • Muhammad Danish Cheema on February 6, 2016, 6:00 GMT

    great Wahab Raiz and youngster

  • Riffat on February 6, 2016, 4:19 GMT

    Tamim's 51 was crucial to hold the innings together; it wasn't an easy track to bat.

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