Pakistan Super League 2016 February 14, 2016

Afridi 5 for 7 sets up big Peshawar win

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Peshawar Zalmi 130 for 2 (Malan 60*, Hafeez 36) beat Quetta Gladiators 129 (Elliott 40, Afridi 5-7) by eight wickets
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Shahid Afridi picked up a career-best 5 for 7 to derail Quetta's innings © PSL

Shahid Afridi picked up career-best T20 figures of 5 for 7, setting up a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Peshawar Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah.

Afridi, who will be retiring from international cricket following the World T20 in India next month, struck off just his second ball, accounting for Akbar-ur-Rehman in the sixth over. Quetta, who were at a promising 40 for 0 at one stage, soon began to slide, as Afridi struck at regular intervals to carve through the team's middle and lower order. He trapped Mohammad Nawaz lbw and bowled the captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the 10th over, before proceeding to remove both Mohammad Nabi and Elton Chigumbura in the 12th.

When the dust cleared, Afridi was left boasting figures of 4-1-7-5, and Quetta were tottering at 66 for 9, starting at the prospect of being bowled out inside 13 overs. However, Grant Elliott, on the back of two consecutive Man-of-the-Match performances, led a late rally, slamming a 29-ball 40 and adding a world record 63 for the final wicket with Zulfiqar Babar. Their efforts lifted the team to 129.

Peshawar, though, had no troubles chasing down the small total. Their openers Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan began brightly, putting up 60 runs off just 50 balls. Hafeez eventually fell for 36, but Malan carried on, adding a further 54 with Kamran Akmal. Malan went on to stroke his 12th half-century in T20 cricket, his 52-ball 60 taking the team home with eight balls to spare.

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  • still.hope.for.pakistan on February 18, 2016, 16:43 GMT

    Gr8 man, gr8 performer, tempramently not strong but a really big name, true crowd puller.. No one can be shahid afridi again.. He got respect from every where which he deserve alot.....

  • prem_smily on February 17, 2016, 20:15 GMT

    would say afridi is overrated batsman but underated bowler...the real entertainment package

  • Jahhhan on February 17, 2016, 9:18 GMT

    Who is Bilal Asif? Nabi is far better than a man with the name Bilal Asif. I saw his (Bilal) all round performances against England Lions in UAE. Sounds strange when people praise Bilal Asif and Numan Anwer. No on knew about Bismillah but everyone saw his talent last night. Alas! he is from Quetta

  • maax234 on February 16, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    quetta is doing a great thing after resting their big playera

  • khan_islamabad on February 16, 2016, 10:11 GMT

    Very unlucky Bilal Asif, despite being a the only off spin alrounder in Pakistan has not got chance in a single match of PSL so far and very lucky Muhammad Nabi getting so much support from management. Though a pakistani guy deserves that support.

  • Rizwan Shah on February 16, 2016, 6:40 GMT

    Lala once again shows why we have loved him for 20years. There will never be a lala again.

  •   Hafiz Muzammil Shahid on February 15, 2016, 20:46 GMT

    afridi is the best simply unplayeble on his day

  • CricActually on February 15, 2016, 16:31 GMT

    Afridi is a once in a blue moon player. yesterday was a blue moon

  • itsqashi on February 15, 2016, 14:13 GMT

    PSL growing match by match, Hope will finish in best out put for Pakistan and cricket as whole.

  • Cricket-Booms on February 15, 2016, 11:47 GMT

    Afridi can do better then this Go on CHAMP

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