Pakistan Super League 2016 February 12, 2016

Tamim 80* drives Peshawar to the top

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Peshawar Zalmi 153 for 3 (Tamim 80*, Yousuf 27*) beat Islamabad United 152 for 6 (Latif 59, Wahab 2-24, Asghar 2-25) by seven wickets
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File photo: Tamim Iqbal smoked six fours and three sixes during his 80-run blast © AFP

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal stroked his third fifty of the PSL, his 58-ball 80 guiding Peshawar Zalmi to a seven-wicket win against Islamabad United in Sharjah. Victory also meant that Peshawar took top spot in the table after five games; defeat for Islamabad left them rooted near the bottom at fourth.

Set 153 for victory, Peshawar lost Mohammad Hafeez early after a brisk start, but Tamim almost single-handedly kept the runs flowing, blasting six fours and three sixes during his knock. Two more quick wickets, of Jim Allenby and Kamran Akmal, gave Islamabad a glimmer, but Shahid Yousuf quickly dashed those hopes by slamming a 19-ball 27 and combining with Tamim for a fourth-wicket association which yielded 60 runs, as Peshawar got home with nine balls to spare.

Earlier, Islamabad's 152 for 6 had been built on the back of a bright half-century from Khalid Latif, who smoked four sixes during a 41-ball 59. Latif received ample support from Misbah-ul-Haq during a 57-run stand, but the dismissal of Misbah halted Islamabad's charge, as the team struggled to accelerate at the death. Shaun Tait (1 for 18), Mohammad Asghar (2 for 25) and Wahab Riaz (2 for 24) all produced economical spells to ensure that Peshawar's target was a reachable one.

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  • Jahan on February 15, 2016, 13:59 GMT

    I'd prefer Tamim, Luke, Hafeez and KP's performances because they have won matches because of their performance. Peshawar are a stronger side because they have a good bowling attack. Wish all the team the best of Luck.

  • asad on February 14, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    @Sweet2hrme: Peshawar and Zalmi are both one team ( called Peshawar Zalmi) so u only mentioned 1 team here. Also Peshawar lost this match (and not to Quetta) so how can u say only 2 teams know how to play t20.

  •   Shakirul Islam on February 14, 2016, 2:27 GMT

    Boom boom Tamim . . . . Go ahead boy

  • Vijay on February 13, 2016, 16:42 GMT

    This PSL belongs to Tamim , Bopara, KP & Delport. All other star failed..

  • Vijay on February 13, 2016, 16:34 GMT

    Its look like PSL league have only two teams ..One is Zulmi & other is Peshawar, rest of teams are very ordinary. They dont know how to play t20 cricket. All the Caribbean stars Cris Gyale, Bravo & Russell & Cooper all are fail material. Poor.....

  • Adel on February 13, 2016, 14:46 GMT

    Fan from India whom is watching PSL. Bravo to Tamim IQBAL. Real tiger.

  •   Bhuiyan Sakil on February 13, 2016, 9:31 GMT

    Winsome played...One of the prospects of BD tigers........He should give more nd more chance to creep up

  •   Imran Ali on February 13, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    i think questta gladiator will win psl, as they are strong team of the tournament so far, and much balance side. peshawar is also hot favorite because they have the best bowling side of the tournament

  • maruf on February 13, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    Peshawar Zalmi is performing very good- bating, bowling r overall very good. I don't think misbah is a good captain for this format, watto is the best option . psl deserves more coverage by cricinfo.

  • Khondker S on February 13, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    Good show by Tamim. Try to complete the league as the highest run getter.

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