Peshawar hobble past Lahore in low-scoring thriller
Peshawar Zalmi bowled out Lahore Qalanders for a PSL record low of 59, then nearly fluffed the chase before scraping across the line by three wickets in Dubai
10.50pm Analysing a game in hindsight is so convenient, but I really can't help but think how this game would have panned out had Lahore Qalandars batted out their 20 overs and made 100 or so. There was assistance alright, but not to the extend which suggested this was a minefield. Peshawar played some poor shots, and it needed every inch of effort from the lower order to get home. Second win in three games for Peshawar Zalmi.
It tells you the kind of spell Yasir Shah bowled when they've awarded him the Player of the Match award despite his team losing. "McCullum told me, on these surfaces, spinners win matches. He gave me the confidence. I tried to attack and get wickets. We had to do that since we didn't have too many runs on the board."
Darren Sammy: After a bowling performance like that, we thought we'll have a good day with bat and ball. We got 10 wickets, so we knew they could, too. But happy to have got the win. We made a mess of a small total, I don't think the coach would be too happy. Hope to put in a better batting performance. After the first game when we scored 190, everyone thought the wickets would be a belter. So far, it has helped seam and spin. When I won the toss, there was some moisture in the air. We exploited that. Hasan hit the Test lengths, so did all the bowlers I called upon. When they bowled, spinners did the job for them.
Brendon McCullum: No, it didn't feel like a 59-60 kind of pitch. We wanted to keep attacking. Credit to the boys, they got stuck in defending such a low score. We've come together really well. The team spirit, camaraderie and an understanding of how we want to be playing is something you can't fault. It was a good time to be out there and enjoy what was a tight game, but not necessarily the prettiest game to watch. It's more of a mindset thing. You don't anticipate when you get bowled out, but we were alive because of the positive mindset. You want to be aggressive and dictate play. Results at the end of the tournament will judge if we're successful or not, but for now, I'm very happy.
"Nice to get another win, momentum is in our favour," says Eoin Morgan. "Bowlers were outstanding on a surface that offered little more than it did the other night. When you chase a small score, you look to go for it. But the wicket didn't allow that. It was a little two-paced. I don't think I had a rub of the green with my dismissal. Everybody makes mistakes, thankfully it didn't cost us."
Ibrahim: "I'm disappointed that Lahore didn't use Elliot earlier in the innings to take quick wickets that might have won the game for them. He was one of leading wicket takers this PSL." Took four wickets in the previous game too. But to be fair to McCullum, he attacked with Yasir and was rewarded.
sanad kheshgi: "Low scoring thrills always more interesting. Great captaincy from Baz. This is the spirit that inspired the Kiwis."
Welcome back. Here's Zaman with his left-arm spin.
This is one strategic time out that is justified. In the history of all T20 leagues.
Two slips in place. There's short leg too