Player of the Match
Player of the Match
277dThe Report by Danyal Rasool

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

Match Centre

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

END OF OVER:
17 | 5 Runs | PZ: 60/7 | RR: 3.52

  • Wahab Riaz5 (12b)
  • Chris Jordan3 (10b)
  • Grant Elliott1-0-5-0
  • Fakhar Zaman1-0-2-0

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."

16.6
2
Elliott to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, game, set and match. Too full outside off, he squeezes this into the gap between point and short third man. Hardly any smiles in the Zalmi camp. Relief more than elation. They've been made to earn this win courtesy some aggressive captaincy from McCullum backed up by some outstanding bowling, especially from Yasir Shah
16.5
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Elliott to Jordan, 1 run, too late to pick up and release. McCullum not happy with the effort at short fine leg
16.4
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Elliott to Jordan, no run, width outside off, punched to cover. There's a direct hit at the bowler's end but the non-striker was in. What awareness from McCullum

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.

16.3
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Elliott to Jordan, no run, looks for a single but is sent back. Backward square leg swooped in on the ball very quickly

sanad kheshgi: "Low scoring thrills always more interesting. Great captaincy from Baz. This is the spirit that inspired the Kiwis."

16.2
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Elliott to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, swung across the line to long-on
16.1
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Elliott to Wahab Riaz, no run, stretches forward and defends the full delivery

Zalmi 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4Mohammad HafeezDJ Malan
2nd0Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
3rd20Kamran AkmalEJG Morgan
4th23Shahid AfridiEJG Morgan
5th0EJG MorganSohaib Maqsood
6th1DJG SammyEJG Morgan
7th3DJG SammyCJ Jordan
8th9Wahab RiazCJ Jordan

Pakistan Super League

TeamMWLPTNRR
PZ84390.309
QG84390.166
KK8448-0.098
IU8448-0.139
LQ8356-0.223