shot of the match ends the match! Full on fifth stump, Haider goes back deep to smoke this over extra cover and it sails 20 yards beyond the rope into the stands to clinch victory. From 61 off 30 to win, Zalmi have romped home with an over to spare.
That's it from us today. Come back again tomorrow for more scintillating PSL action. For Varun Shetty, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
Tom Kohler-Cadmore named Player of the Match: "It was quite nice because Sammy gave me complete freedom to go out there and take them on. I had a little bit of luck early doors, probably could've been bowled but luckily went down leg. I just chanced my arm and luckily it came off and we got the win. I just try to give my all to the team and if I can influence a game in the field, then that's great. I think it's a big part of T20 cricket is making sure that every ball counts and every run you can save can count when it comes to close games like that. I thought the lads fielded outstandingly tonight and instead of chasing 220, it meant chasing 190." Ramiz Raja's interview has been interrupted twice by planes passing overhead so TKC has been allowed to walk off having said his piece.
10.42 pm Pressure had been building the longer Imam stayed at the crease, but his innings is justified in the end. Rutherford with a blistering, short but very valuable cameo took the pressure off Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik, who finished off the work done by Kohler-Cadmore to get them in position for victory. Big big credit goes to Mohammad Imran in the first innings. His figures of 1 for 24 might not look glamorous, but the final over of the innings conceding just seven runs was magnificent and restricted Sultans to under 200, setting up a victorious chase. As good as Imran was at the death, the Zalmi bowlers on the flip side were quite poor down the stretch, regularly missing their lengths attempting yorker after yorker. Lack of variety in terms of changing their pace. Not sure if there was a single slower bouncer in the last few overs. Tanvir and Brathwaite in particular were less than sharp.
full on middle, backs away to carve through point and it's collected by the sweeper to relay in.
Sarat: "MS will regret the finish they got with the bat . They were aiming for over 200 at one stage" The 20th over bowled by Imran conceding just seven runs was magnificent.
full and very wide, left alone, wide called.
short ball on the stumps, slapped to deep midwicket.
too full on the stumps, gets the yorker length wrong again and Shoaib Malik with a punishing blow clocking this high and deep over long-on. Experience winning out over youth in this over.
full on middle, heaves this flat to long-on.
bouncer over fifth stump, way way way out of reach for Haider leaping on his toes to uppercut, lucky it didn't clear Rizwan as well for five wides. Spectacular one-handed leaping grab.
too full on off stump, Haider brings down the pendulum swing to crank this high and deep 15 yards over long-off. Going for yorker and missed the length badly. Haider doesn't miss out this time around.
awful delivery, even worse shot by Haider! Thigh high full toss on the legs, should've gone for six but instead he swings over the top of it. It balloons off the body. Brathwaite with a very optimistic lbw shout as the ball finally comes down to earth in the region of midwicket.
attempted yorker on middle again, heaved flat to long-on, sliding stop by Vince, he takes it off the chest putting his body on the line to keep it to a single.
full again on off, whipped flat to long-on.
no help from the non-striker's stumps this time! Another ball too full on off stump, smashed slightly higher above the stumps. Umpire Illingworth takes evasive action and it whistles to the rope.
anthropomorphic 12th man saves two runs for Sultans! Attempted yorker on middle is slammed straight off the stumps at the non-striker's end, ricochets to midwicket and they scamper a tight second.
Brathwaite goes yorker on leg stump, Haider is up to the task flicking it fine past short fine leg. The length was perfect but the line was too straight. Needed to target off/fourth stump.
Haider Ali enters on strike to begin the 18th as the batsmen crossed with the ball in the air.
Umair R: "Huge moment for Dhani! Pakistan have some great fast bowlers coming up which is good news for them "
Dhani strikes twice at the death! Banged it in short and TKC went for the uppercut over third man but got the angle of the blade wrong under it far too much. Wound up hitting it virtually straight up and Tanvir backpedals a few steps from short third man to pouch a simple chance.
overpitched on middle, fractionally wrong aiming for the yorker at 145 kph. Kohler-Cadmore launches a five-iron chipping it effortlessly over the bowler and into the sightscreen. 50 up off 31 balls.
yorker speared into the legs follows the batsman backing away and flicked to midwicket.
Shoaib Malik the new man in.
Ezen : "Mark my words Dhani will become a world class bowler one of the best ever." Hold your horses! He's only on his T20 debut!
wide yorker, stabs this to backward point, Brathwaite with a sharp catch diving forward! But wait. There's drama! The batsman stands his ground claiming it was a bump ball driven into the pitch. Replays clearly show he hit this on the half-volley and it came straight into the air. Definitely not a bump ball, and a clean catch too. Rutherford has to begrudgingly walk off. Dhani knew immediately it was a clean wicket and celebrated wildly when Brathwaite took the catch.
Now the unpublishable comments are coming in for Tanvir instead of Imam.
length ball outside off, Rutherford beaten for pace at 142 kph trying to heave this over mid-on.
overpitched on the legs, flicks this over midwicket for a long single.
Dhani back into the attack.
|National Stadium, Karachi|
|Toss||Peshawar Zalmi, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||23 February 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Peshawar Zalmi 2, Multan Sultans 0|