Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, PSL 2016-17, Sharjah February 17, 2017

Rain ruins table-toppers' clash after Tamim fireworks

Peshawar Zalmi 117 for 3 (Tamim 62*, Maqsood 30*) v Quetta Gladiators
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File photo: Tamim Iqbal cruised to a 41-ball fifty in a rain-affected match © AFP

In a nutshell

Continual rain in Sharjah meant only 16 overs were possible in the game between the PSL's top two sides this season. Quetta Gladiators won the toss and, as has been the theme of the tournament, put Peshawar Zalmi in to bat. There were no less than three weather interruptions in Peshawar's innings, which saw Tamim Iqbal bat through, finishing unbeaten on 62 off 46 balls. It was a pitch more reminiscent of the fifth day of a sub-continental Test match; the ball spat off the surface, and anyone who could turn their arm over was thrust into the attack. Case in point: Rilee Rossouw bowled for the first time in T20 cricket, and had Eoin Morgan caught at first slip off his very first ball.

Sarfraz Ahmed appeared to have read the surface right, and left-arm spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Mohammad Nawaz were asked to open the bowling. Peshawar made a bright start, before Hafeez holed out attempting to clear cow corner in the sixth over off Mahmudullah - one of three Bangladesh players arriving after the one-off Test in India. Kamran Akmal fell without scoring, before Rossouw snared Morgan as Peshawar lost three wickets for one run, and threatened to come unstuck.

But Sohaib Maqsood ably partnered Tamim thereafter, and the pair battled turning deliveries and dark skies to take their side to what looked to be a daunting 117 in their allotted 16 overs. With the rain coming down again, Quetta's target was revised twice, but no cricket was possible, leaving the frontrunners to share of the spoils.

Quetta's indiscipline, Akmal's slump

On a pitch that heavily favoured spin, Quetta let themselves down at times. Their spinners repeatedly bowled unacceptably short lengths that allowed Tamim and Maqsood regular pressure-releasing shots in the first ten overs. They then appeared to be in disarray following the third rain break after 12.1 overs, as Tamim and Maqsood smashed 41 runs in the next 17 balls. Zulfiqar Babar was the chief culprit, as in a particularly atrocious 15th over, he compensated for his short length early on by floating a pair of friendly full tosses to Tamim. The batsman smashed both for six over midwicket as Peshawar surged to 117. In a completed game, that indiscipline might have been decisive.

When Kamran Akmal smashed 88 off 48 balls in the season opener, it looked like this might be a tournament the Akmal family would remember for a long time. However, with Kamran's stay lasting all of three deliveries today, the brothers now have four ducks in their last seven innings in the PSL, two apiece. The momentum the pair had been building up to stake a claim in the national side is fizzing out again.

Where they stand

Quetta and Peshawar both gained a point from the abandonment, and now have five each - one more than third-placed Islamabad United. Peshawar are ahead with a superior net run rate.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • aadil24 on February 18, 2017, 18:46 GMT

    @CRICUSER our batsmen are trash anyway so no comparison

  • cricfan28857638 on February 18, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is a good player. He is under rated. He has been the front runner for getting good starts for BD for years. Has curbed his attacking instincts a bit now.

  • Cricinfouser on February 18, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    Tamim is better than any West Pakistan batsman

  •   Asir Intiser on February 18, 2017, 7:44 GMT

    Good to see Tamim back in action and performing. Good going forward for Zalmi and also for Bangladesh come the Sri Lanka series. Always had great talent but never really fulfilled his potential on a consistent basis.

  • salman_0902 on February 18, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    Sarfaraz and co need some guts. Get rid of Asad Shafiq he cannot score freely and puts pressure on others. 42 balls is 7 overs 45 runs is not acceptable in T20. Good for ODI. needs to bring Luke Wright or Bismillah Khan. also Parera should allow other bowler to come onboard.

  • ar_ce_net on February 17, 2017, 18:52 GMT

    At least some one is there in Pak cricket team who can read the pitch well. Great captain Sarfraz

  • ar_ce_net on February 17, 2017, 18:49 GMT

    Well pitch read by Sarfraz .

  • CRIKETL0VER on February 17, 2017, 17:46 GMT

    Well played Tamim. Keep going.

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