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Quetta through to final after one-run win

The first qualifier of the inaugural Pakistan Super League was a nail-biting affair and came down to the last ball, with Quetta Gladiators holding their nerve to clinch a one-run win and leave their opponents Peshawar Zalmi heartbroken

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20 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | PZ: 132/9 (2 runs required, RR: 6.60)

  • Mohammad Asghar1 (1b)
  • Shaun Tait0 (0b)
  • Aizaz Cheema4-0-34-2
  • Anwar Ali4-0-28-1

11:50pm: Phew, what a finish! Sarfraz sets off on a celebratory run and thuds himself into the floor. KP leaps for joy. Quetta have booked their tickets to the final. Peshwar are not out yet; they can have a another crack at the final if they win the third qualifier. They await the winner of the Islamabad v Karachi clash.

Nawaz is the Man of the Match

Cheema: The morale is high and is great to be in the final. I dedicate the win to my family.

wasiQ: "so it's #cheemaa you beauty."

Abdul: "Sir viv richards celebrations #pricelessMoments"

Noman: "Aizaz Cheema done it again. First for Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012 & now for Quetta. What a cool man he is.. Take a bow.."

Aamir: "What a nail biter !"

Ali Cheema: "Underdogs Gladiators are the first team to qualify for the finals :) "

Noman Awan: "PSL is the winner in the end."

Aafaq Parry: "So it would be KP 's third league final this year... he would love to go 1 step ahead... Best of luck #QG"

Orian Zaphire: "Thats the ultimate definition of a nail bitter in T20, Cheers to Gladiators.

Aafaq Parry: "We have had 2 nail-biting lower scoring games today... Congrats to #Cheema N #Morris fo holding on to their nerves in pressure situations..."

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Aizaz Cheema to Mohammad Asghar, 1 run, Cheema wins a thriller for Quetta; they are through to the final. Big celebrations in the Quetta camp. Viv Richards is jumping amid his boys. Rising short ball, Asghar shapes to pull/slog and ends up flapping it back towards the bowler

Cheema is on a hat-trick. Peshawar need three off the last ball

Aizaz Cheema to Wahab Riaz, OUT, Sir Viv is up on his feet, he is thrilled. Sammy has his hands on his head. Short and wide outside off, carved in the air. Another skier. Shehzad hangs onto this catch at point even as he tumbles onto the ground. Shehzad is pumped

Wahab Riaz c Ahmed Shehzad b Aizaz Cheema 22 (16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Wahab on strike. Asghar is the new man

Aizaz Cheema to Hasan Ali, OUT, rushing short ball on off, Hasan aims for a gallery hit. He only sends a top edge into the air..... Cheema moves forward and to his right towards the short-midwicket region and hangs onto the pressure catch

Hasan Ali c & b Aizaz Cheema 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Safeer beeriche: "Morris done it for SA, can Wahab also?"

Peshawar need three runs off three balls

Aizaz Cheema to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, dug in short on off, the top edge lands in front of long-on
Aizaz Cheema to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs, low full toss on off, Wahab spanks it to the cow corner boundary

Ghumman: "PSL delivering thrillers."

Wasimqadir: "Who is in fr a super over???"

Aizaz Cheema to Wahab Riaz, no run, full and angled from wide of the crease, Wahab loads up for a slap over the covers. He can't touch it

Peshawar need eight off the last over

Ali Cheema: "Does anyone remember Aizaz Cheema's last over heroics in Asia Cup final vs Bangladesh? I have faith in him"

Zalmi 2nd innings Partnerships

1st29Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
2nd2Shahid YousufMohammad Hafeez
3rd0BJ HodgeShahid Yousuf
4th26Shahid YousufJM Bairstow
5th5Shahid YousufDJG Sammy
6th22Shahid AfridiDJG Sammy
7th29Wahab RiazDJG Sammy
8th18Wahab RiazHasan Ali
9th0Wahab RiazMohammad Asghar
10th1SW TaitMohammad Asghar

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