hah, Pollard's taking the mickey. Bowls a loopy slower ball as the final one, and the batsman just watches it go through. That's that, and Peshawar have won by 48 runs. They will meet Quetta Gladiators in the final, where a new champion will be crowned because Islamabad United haven't been able to defend their title. Good campaign by them, even if the last defeat was insipid
That's all we have for you today, goodnight and join us for the final.
11.17 pm Darren Sammy: "The way Kamran and Imam set it up on top, it was just brilliant. I did say they are match-winners at the toss, and we saw how well they played today. To post 200 in a do-or-die game is always good. It was a good tactical decision (to bowl four fast bowlers). It was a big call to leave out Dawson, but we always put the team first here and Chis Jordan had an amazing series in the West Indies. I'm just shocked that Wahab and Hasan aren't bowling for Pakistan. I am very pleased to be in the finals, the Zalmi team has reached three consecutive finals, so it shows the kind of cricket we play. Our guys will be pumped up, two top teams in the final. We have played good cricket throughout the tournament. Different type of pressure in the final. It's about holding our nerve, like we did today. The atmosphere has been brilliant. We have to raise the bar one more time."
Mohammad Sami: "We were on the backfoot since their opening stand. If you see the pitch, there wasn't much spin on it. I'm proud of my team, they played well to get to here. We will come back stronger next year. We gave too high a target today. We should have given 20-30 runs fewer. Overall, we are proud that several players from our side have played for Pakistan."
11.07 pm Kamran Akmal is the Man of the Match for his splendid 74 off 43. Well deserved, he set the game up for Zalmi and ensured a total that would be beyond Islamabad. "The team played really well, and we got a good total because of the way Imam built the partnership. Then Pollard and Sammy finished it well. It was a very good pitch. Wahab has been bowling fast throughout the tournament. We got wickets in the PowerPlay which is why we could defend our total. I give credit to the whole team for qualifying for the final."
10.54pm Once Zalmi got to a formidable 214 it was always going to be very difficult for Islamabad. Zalmi's total was built on a formidable opening stand, with Imam and Kamran carting the bowlers to all parts. The Islamabad bowlers erred in line and length too often, and paid the price. Pollard and Sammy struck their usual blows at the end to swell the total. Zalmi's bowlers were much more disciplined and fiery, with Wahab hitting 150+, and Jordan, Mills and Hasan Ali also quick and menacing. A comfortable win in the end.
fullish outside off, swings and misses
Swatted into the offside that time, and Wahab tumbles to his left and dives to save the boundary
Hasan Ali misfields at deep midwicket and allows a four. Too casual from Hasan, because he knows his team have won this, but Pollard's looking daggers. It's his bowling figures that are being affected. Hasan throws up a hand in apology
length ball, he swings across the line and manages to just get it over the straight fence. Chris Jordan at the boundary caught the ball, and tried to parry it back in because he was going over the ropes with the momentum, but couldn't do it in time, and it's a six. Okay scratch that, the umpires have just signalled it's not a six. Perhaps because Jordan was able to throw the ball back into the field of play when airborne? Not sure though
speared this into the stumps, but a bit too far down leg and it takes the pad to roll away to short fine. Wahab wasn't happy with himself, think he wanted to bowl it at the stumps and sneak through the gate, after having bowled full and wide earlier.
full, fast, on the fifth stump. No chance the batsman had to connect, especially a proper tailender
full and wide of off again, Rumman stretches his bat and manages to toe-end the ball past the bowler
pacy ball outside off, on the seventh stump. Poke and a miss
this is all ending quickly. Shadab's miserable stay comes to an end with a spooned catch to cover. He goes for a duck, having not managed to play a single convincing shot in his stay. This was a full ball, and he wanted to go straighter, but couldn't connect well at all
full and well wide of off stump, but within the tramlines. The batsman doesn't connect
60 needed off the last two overs. The only point of interest is the victory margin now
yorker length on a fifth stump line, he goes for an ambitious hoick, but connects only with air
full and straight on the pads, rolls away to short fine
well timed, but straight to Pollard at long-on. Full ball on off, and this was hit straight back over the bowler, pleasing follow through and shape - but not enough power. Pollard didn't move a millimetre, just stayed where he was and cupped the ball around head high
Kamran Akmal has just used a hold-up in play to do push-ups on the field. With his keeping gloves. Legend
digs it in short and quick, too much for Sami, who backs away and tries to pull but doesn't connect
full on off, swings hard at it, but gets a thickish inside edge to deep square leg
taken at deep midwicket full ball on the stumps, and he picked up nicely off his toes, but sent it in the air and straight to the fielder. Faheem's resistance comes to an end, and so do any faint hopes Islamabad may have had
63 needed off 18 now
short outside off, and slapped to Sammy at cover. He doesn't take the single, so that Faheem can be on strike next over
remarkable over, man! Back of a length, wide outside off, and he tries to slap a cut. Misses again
|National Stadium, Karachi|
|Toss||Islamabad United, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Peshawar Zalmi advanced|
|Hours of play (local time)||17.00 start, First Session 17.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-18.50, Second Session 18.50- 20.20|
|Match days||15 March 2019 - night (20-over match)|