Quetta v Peshwar , PSL 2016, Dubai February 7, 2016

Nawaz, Pietersen set up tense Quetta win

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Quetta Gladiators 139 for 7 (Pietersen 35, Afridi 2-17, Wahab 2-29) beat Peshawar Zalmi 135 for 7 (Sammy 48, Nawaz 3-29) by three wickets
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File photo - Kevin Pietersen marshalled Quetta Gladiators' chase of 136 © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

In the second thriller of the day, Quetta Gladiators knocked off seven runs off the last over with a ball to spare to establish themselves as the early pace setters in the Pakistan Super League. Quetta top the table with three wins in three matches.

Elton Chigumbura thumped a four after two short balls, the second of which was deemed a wide, from the last over bowled by Wahab Riaz. The penultimate ball was deflected for four between slip and keeper, off Anwar Ali's pad, as Quetta broke into big celebrations, mentor Viv Richards even getting off his seat and having his hands aloft.

The victory was set up by 21-year old Mohammad Nawaz, who picked up his second Man-of-the-Match award in three matches. Bowling with a newish ball, Nawaz impressed with his skiddy darts and clever arm balls. He ended a promising opening partnership when he dismissed Tamim Iqbal for 14. Two balls later, Mohammad Hafeez swept the spinner straight to Chigumbura at square leg. Nawaz would also account for Shahid Yousuf to finish with figures of 3 for 29.

Umar Gul rattled Peshwar Zalmi further with a double-strike in the 12th over, removing Dawid Malan and Shahid Afridi. By then, Peshwar had slumped to 59 for 5 in 12 overs. Darren Sammy, however, clubbed four sixes and one four during his 31-ball 48 to lift his side to 135.

Quetta then lost their openers Luke Wright and Ahmed Shehzad within five overs of the chase. Kevin Pietersen dropped anchor and marshalled the youngsters even as Sarfraz Ahmed threatened to run himself and Pietersen out. Pietersen's wicket tightened the chase, but Chigumbura and Anwar Ali showed good composure to steer Quetta home in a tense finish. For Peshwar, Afridi and Wahab took two wickets each.

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  • sweet2hrme on February 10, 2016, 17:33 GMT

    PSL ...Good for youngster.. Lol which youngsters they are talking. ..Bowler or batsman ??? Bowler is bowling good because batsman dont know how to play t20 ....batsman is batting good because bowlers dont know how to bowl in t20..... Low scoring its boring.

  • sweet2hrme on February 10, 2016, 17:26 GMT

    This PSL is poor in terms of execution. These poor teams is failed to post runs if post than other team is failed to get. So its vice-versa. I dont see any talent in Pak batsman but definitely in bowling as usual that's why no big scores... This PSL lacking......

  • CricActually on February 9, 2016, 13:26 GMT

    For those who think PSL will flop, I think they are living in fools paradise. Pakistan is a cricket living nation and they are as pashionate as the other side of boundry. The best part is that it is city based so every one gets to choose his favourite team. I am supporting Zalmi. Which is your favourite team?

  • Oldtimer01 on February 8, 2016, 17:11 GMT

    Most of the members of the Pakistan womens team are from Lawhore.

  • aslamPK on February 8, 2016, 14:33 GMT

    So far the performances in PSL, for T20WC and Asia cup Pakistan should select KP in team........may be as batting coach. He has been phenomenal in field for Quetta gladiaters.

  • Cricinfouser on February 8, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    We all know now about the heroics of Nawaz with the ball but he is a prolific no.5 batsman as well. He is more of a Jack Kallis kinda prospect. With a ball in his hand ; he is a lethal spinner n with the bat in his hands; he is a great batsman. In the domestic circuit he has 187 n.o to his name just recently. He proved his worth. Lets see how we can destroy his career n make a rat out of him. We r too good at it. Sogaib Maqsood n Ahmad Shehzad are the best examples.

  • Naveed Raja on February 8, 2016, 13:43 GMT

    I wish kevin peterson gets another chance in Tw20 world cup for England as ramiz raja said good management is about dealing with difficult characters' he played important role wen England won the t20 world cup

  • Oldtimer01 on February 8, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    Lets start guessing how many years it will take for the PSL to flop. My guess is 1 year more.

  • Oldtimer01 on February 8, 2016, 13:29 GMT

    @muhandis - afridi is a slogger who got lucky initially and made a few quickfire scores. He was soon sorted out by opposition bowlers and started flopping regularly. Then he started taking a few wickets with his bowling (with a suspect action, biting balls - i mean cricket balls etc) and pakistanis immediately labelled him the world greatest all rounder. The only thing I like about afridi is how he always talks of playing aggressive cricket and then flops in most matches. Teams like Zimbabwe would have asked him to retire 10-12 years back.

  • itsqashi on February 8, 2016, 13:27 GMT

    What a good game of cricket, Hope many to more to come.

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