21st Match (D/N), Dubai, Mar 1 2019, Pakistan Super League
Zalmi won by 4 wickets
player of the match
Liam Dawson
Peshawar Zalmi
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• Peter Della Penna

Liam Dawson's last-ball four helps Peshawar Zalmi clinch thriller

Captain Sammy too plays his part with a 29-ball 40 in a crucial 89-run partnership

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Commentator: Liam Brickhill (@gomorezvidinha
Scorecard summary
Islamabad United176/10(20 overs)
Phil Salt28 (18)
Wahab Riaz2/20(4)
Hasan Ali2/24(4)
Peshawar Zalmi177/6(20 overs)
Liam Dawson*52 (35)
Daren Sammy40 (29)
end of over 2014 runs • 1 wicket
PZ: 177/6CRR: 8.85 
Liam Dawson52 (35)
Wahab Riaz0 (0)
Mohammad Sami4-0-33-0
Faheem Ashraf4-0-40-1

7.30pm Phew! There was almost nothing to separate these two teams, but with his unbeaten fifty Dawson has done just that. Dawson is named Player of the Match for his knock.

"We tried to take the game deep," says Dawson. "We know it's not easy coming in as a new batsman. I was a little bit nervous. They bowled well. Faheem bowled really well with his wide yorkers."

Jay Dee: "Love you Liam (both of you) I won my Biryani Plate." -- Enjoy!

Abhijato: "Well sir, it's been another stunning match for booksellers and cricket lovers alike... As I had mused, with his sportsmanship and skills, Sammy has grown his legend yesterday as well as tonight. What a player! We are lucky to see him play, for when he comes good, he comes good in a way which is perhaps incomprehensible to people who haven't seen him. Here's to hoping you do see some Duminy magic in Newlands(;)!" -- I'll be heading there in a few minutes, just in time for the chase.

Nisar: "Its like a perfect written script, Birthday boy hitting last ball for four to win the game. I reckon full PSL in Pakistan would be hell of a League like IPL, the quality of cricket is just incredible."

Alber Soomro: "I was tired back from university, I followed match for a while and then went to sleep, I woke up and open ESPN App and wow wow wow !! What I was able to witness, match ain't over, PZ needs 14 off 6 balls with Sammy on strike, What a Thriller, In the end Happy Birthday Liam. What a way to celebrate it of last ball 4."

Ibrahim: "Too much biryani plates for bet in PSL. This is the beauty of PSL "

TalhaBadr: "@ArhamAtif. You smelt a toe biting finish after 14th over of 1st innings. You go to one hell of a NOSE"

Mohsin Shah: "Dawson has given Birthday treat to zalmi fans.. Now its Afridi's time to give birthday treat to Sultan fans.."

Sami to Dawson, FOUR runs

happy birthday! Dawson spots a full one and slams it straight back down the ground for four. He reaches fifty with the shot, but more importantly for his team he also gets them over the line with a last-gasp boundary

Dawson on strike, on his birthday. He needs to hit the last ball for four to win the game

Sami to Sammy, OUT

Sammy is run out! They chance another bye to a missed drive, and again the keeper throws the ball to Sami. He turns and throws, hitting the stumps this time. And Sammy hasn't grounded his bat! His bat was over the line, but in the air, and his foot wasn't grounded

Daren Sammy run out (Mohammad Sami) 40 (29b 2x4 2x6) SR: 137.93
Sami to Sammy, SIX runs

full toss disappears! Sami charges in and sends down a full toss, Sammy winding up and sending it straight back down the ground for an 87 metre six

Sami to Dawson, 1 bye

chaos! Dawson walks across to off but misses his attempted scoop. Sammy calls him through anyway, and Ronchi throws the ball to Sami, who has a shy but misses the non-striker's stumps

Sami to Sammy, 1 run

full, straight, and he can only get it down to long off for one

Sam: "@Uzair: It could be a Sami-racle"

Sami to Sammy, 2 runs

smashed out to wide long off, where Walton sprints across and saves two runs

Sami will bowl the last over. Sammy on strike. 14 needed

end of over 198 runs
PZ: 163/5CRR: 8.57 RRR: 14.00 • Need 14 from 6b
Liam Dawson48 (33)
Daren Sammy31 (25)
Faheem Ashraf4-0-40-1
Rumman Raees4-0-41-0
Faheem to Dawson, FOUR runs

scooped over short fine leg! Dawson knows what Faheem is trying to do so he walks right across to the off side again, scooping the full ball in the air and just over a leaping short fine leg fielder. Dawson walked so far across, he wasn't even standing on the pitch when he played the shot

Ali Jan: "It's the 5th match with the no ball in death overs in last 6 or 7 matches. Also wicket on that no ball. And seems like this was the 1st match when chasing team lost even they got no ball advantage like last 4 match."

Faheem to Sammy, 1 run

sliced up and over cover, but the fielder at wide long off stops it on the bounce and keeps them to one

Uzair: "It's Sammy-ricale"

Faheem to Sammy, no run

Sammy just tries to hit this one too hard, unleashing a huge swing at the ball, but it's too full and too wide and he can't get anything on it

Faheem to Dawson, 1 run

no major damage, just a single as Dawson walks across and swings a full one into the leg side

Faheem to Sammy, (no ball)

caught off a no ball! Faheem sends down a full toss and Sammy mis-hits it out to Shadab, who holds a high catch. Sammy is trudging off, but he's held back as the umpire's check his back heel. It's not behind the line, and it's a Free Hit coming up

Faheem to Dawson, 1 run

Dawson walks right across to the off side to get in line, but his drive can't beat cover

Faheem to Dawson, no run

full, wide and it zips under the bat! Faheem's plan is holding solid

Faheem will bowl out in the penultimate over

end of over 1814 runs
PZ: 155/5CRR: 8.61 RRR: 11.00 • Need 22 from 12b
Liam Dawson42 (29)
Daren Sammy30 (22)
Rumman Raees4-0-41-0
Faheem Ashraf3-0-32-1
Raees to Dawson, 1 run

full, wide and he slashes out to the cover sweeper

Ali Hashmi: "SAMMY-licious.."

Raees to Sammy, 1 run

hammered down the ground again, but he doesn't get all of this one and it comes to ground in front of the long off fielder

Raees to Sammy, FOUR runs

top edge now! Rumman reverts to a short length and Sammy swings wildly, the ball taking the top edge and bouncing away to fine leg

Raees to Sammy, SIX runs

slower ball, down the ground! Sammy saw this one early, hammering it straight back over the bowler's head for his first six

Raees to Dawson, 1 run

slower ball from Rumman, and Dawson flicks it to short fine leg

Raees to Sammy, 1 leg bye

short and rising in to Sammy, who pulls but misses, and they take a single off the body

Khurram Shahzad: "WOW to IU fielding"

end of over 176 runs
PZ: 141/5CRR: 8.29 RRR: 12.00 • Need 36 from 18b
Daren Sammy19 (18)
Liam Dawson40 (27)
Faheem Ashraf3-0-32-1
Mohammad Sami3-0-20-0
Faheem to Sammy, 1 run

saved on the boundary! Sammy hammered this flat and hard out to wide long off, where the fielder sprinted across and managed to palm it back inside the rope, saving runs. Possibly five of them. This is technically a dropped chance, but he did very well just to get there

Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossPeshawar Zalmi, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Liam Dawson
Liam Dawson
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, First Session 15.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.20, Second Session 17.20- 18.50
Match days1 March 2019 - daynight(20-over match)
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Ranmore Martinesz
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Asif Yaqoob
Match Referee
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Mohammed Anees
PointsPeshawar Zalmi 2, Islamabad United 0