3rd Match (N), Dubai (DSC), Feb 5 2016, Pakistan Super League
(20 ov, target 146)
Zalmi won by 24 runs
Player Of The Match
Peshawar Zalmi
• ESPNcricinfo staff

Asghar, Wahab help Peshawar defend 145

A skilful performance from the left-arm duo of Mohammad Asghar and Wahab Riaz sealed Peshawar Zalmi's 24-run win in their opening fixture against Islamad United in Dubai

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Scorecard summary
Peshawar Zalmi145/7(20 overs)
Islamabad United121/9(20 overs)
end of over 209 runs
IU: 121/9CRR: 6.05 
Rumman Raees4 (5)
Saeed Ajmal10 (10)
Wahab Riaz4-0-23-3
Junaid Khan4-0-30-0

11.30 pm Peshawar's 145 did not seem out of reach, but thanks to some fine left-arm spin from Mohammad Asghar, it proved many more than enough. The uncapped bowler dismissed the Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, took two blinding catches to dismiss Andre Russell and Sam Billings and wins the Man of the Match award. Has an endearing sense of humour too, says he has big hands like most Pathans so it's hard to drop catches.

A few too many early wickets left Islamabad in strife on a slow turner and even with their powerful middle order, they came up short for a second night in a row. Peshawar captain Shahid Afridi dedicates the win to the Army Public School kids who were flown in to watch the match. That's all we have for you tonight. Thanks for joining us. See you tomorrow.

Wahab Riaz to Rumman Raees, no run
lands a yorker outside off which gets jammed under the batsman's boot while he was moving across for a scoop shot. A clumsy end to a clumsy batting innings
Wahab Riaz to Rumman Raees, 2 runs
full and straight, carved to cover. Overthrow gets an extra run

Adnan Maqsood: "The logo of IPL is a batsman playing a cover drive where of PSL is a left arm pacer and this pretty much dictates the terms."

Wahab Riaz to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
length on middle, Ajmal backs away and flays it to cover
Wahab Riaz to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs
finally he connects with a pull, well he's had enough practice with that shot so one had to come good.
Wahab Riaz to Rumman Raees, 1 run
full and straight, Raees gets an inside edge to get across to the other end
Wahab Riaz to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
fuller ball outside off, pushed to mid-off
end of over 192 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 112/9CRR: 5.89 • RRR: 34.00
Rumman Raees1 (2)
Saeed Ajmal4 (7)
Junaid Khan4-0-30-0
Shaun Tait4-0-24-2
Junaid Khan to Rumman Raees, no run
that is at full pace, into the blockhole, Raees is beaten
Junaid Khan to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
fuller ball outside off, punched to long-on
Junaid Khan to Saeed Ajmal, no run
shortish and slow, Ajmal looks for the pull and comes second best again
Junaid Khan to Rumman Raees, 1 run
shortish and outside off, guided through point and there is almost a collision between the two batsmen. Raees was ball watching
Junaid Khan to Saeed Ajmal, OUT
they were trying to pinch a bye and a gleeful Akmal underarms the throw to knock over Khalid and breaks into the widest smile you could ever see. These slower balls are becoming more and more deadly, even to the batsman at the other end! Ajmal misses, his partner gets out
Imran Khalid run out (†Kamran Akmal) 4 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Ahsan Butt: "Zalmi team is full of big names, and yet an unknown kid is leading the race for MoM award. This is what PSL is for."

Junaid Khan to Saeed Ajmal, no run
slower short ball outside off, and I think this gripped and turned past Ajmal, who was looking to pull.

Junaid is here. Around the stumps

end of over 183 runs
IU: 110/8CRR: 6.11 • RRR: 18.00
Imran Khalid4 (6)
Saeed Ajmal3 (3)
Shaun Tait4-0-24-2
Wahab Riaz3-0-14-3
Tait to Imran Khalid, no run
looks for the wide yorker and finds it. Khalid chops and misses
Tait to Imran Khalid, no run
full and slid across the left-hander, Khalid made room again and ends up not being able to reach far enough to connect with a slice
Tait to Imran Khalid, no run
trampolines over the ducking batsman. Went that short because Khalid was moving outside leg
Tait to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
slower ball outside off, slapped to extra cover
Tait to Imran Khalid, 1 run
shortish and outside off, cut to deep point
Tait to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
looks to topple the stumps at around 140 kph, Ajmal has no feet as he flails at it with the bat. Gets an inside edge and gets off strike
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossPeshawar Zalmi , elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan Super League 2016
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Asghar
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-16.20, Interval 16.20-16.40, Second Session 16.40-18.10
Match days5 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)
Shozab Raza
Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire
Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
Mohammed Anees
PointsPeshawar Zalmi 2, Islamabad United 0