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2nd Match, Lahore, February 18, 2024, Pakistan Super League
(20 ov, T:207) 190/6

Gladiators won by 16 runs

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Babar 68 in vain as Roy, Shakeel script Quetta Gladiators win

Peshawar Zalmi started well chasing 207 but things went downhill from them after Saim Ayub was run out.

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Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel put on 157 off 92 balls  •  PSL

Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel put on 157 off 92 balls  •  PSL

Quetta Gladiators 206 for 5 (Roy 75, Shakeel 74, Irshad 3-38) beat Peshawar Zalmi 190 for 6 (Babar 68, Ayub 42, Abrar 2-29) by 16 runs
Opening batters Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel shared a beefy 157-run stand as a reshuffled Quetta Gladiators made a triumphant start in the Pakistan Super League with a 16-run win over Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday.
Roy scored a breezy 75 off 48 balls and left-handed batter Shakeel, who waited for 33 games to get his first opportunity in the PSL, made an equally fine 74 off 47 deliveries that lifted Quetta to 206 for 5.
Babar Azam (68) and Saim Ayub (42) provided Peshawar with a brisk start of 90 off 51 balls before Peshawar's chase got wobbled in the latter part of the innings and they were eventually held to 190-6.
New captain Rilee Rossouw of South Africa was one of the major changes Quetta had made this season. Quetta relieved their long-time skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed after failing to qualify for the playoffs for four successive seasons.
Quetta has also brought in the Australian duo of Shane Watson as their head coach and Shaun Tait as bowling coach while also picking Mohammad Amir in the draft for the first time after the left-arm pace bowler played the last eight seasons for Karachi Kings.
Amir (1-29) bowled brilliantly upfront and was duly rewarded with the late wicket of Rovman Powell in his last over.
Roy and Shakeel capitalized on Peshawar's wayward pace bowling with fast bowler Aamer Jamal spraying the ball all over and Pakistan Under-19 player, Mohammad Zeeshan, failing to hit the right lengths during the powerplay.
Jamal was taken off after going for 29 runs off his two overs, but Peshawar missed a specialist spinner in the middle overs to contain Quetta's free-scoring openers.
Captain Babar's decision to try out the offspin of Ayub also didn't work out well as Shakeel smashed him for three straight sixes in one over and raised a strong opening stand with Roy off 92 balls.
Peshawar hit back briefly at the death through Salman Irshad (3-38) after Englishman Luke Wood broke the tall opening stand when Shakeel holed out to Babar. Roy was splendidly caught low at midwicket when he couldn't clear Irshad's low full toss as Quetta lost four wickets for 34 runs.
The needless run-out of Ayub in the ninth over got Peshawar off the hook and legspinner Abrar Ahmed (2-29) picked up the key wickets of Babar and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (18) in one over to seal the game for Quetta.

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Over 20 • PZ 190/6

Dan Mousley c Hosein b Mohammad Wasim 11 (12b 0x4 1x6 21m) SR: 91.66
Gladiators won by 16 runs
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