result
Eliminator 1 (N), Abu Dhabi, Jun 21 2021, Pakistan Super League
(19.5/20 ov)176/5
Zalmi won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Hazratullah Zazai
Peshawar Zalmi
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Karachi Kings knocked out as Zazai's blitz takes Peshawar Zalmi into Eliminator 2

Zazai's 77 gave Zalmi's middle-order enough of a buffer to see off a tricky chase

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Karachi Kings175/7(20 overs)
Peshawar Zalmi176/5(19.5 overs)

That's us done, then. Thanks so much for sticking by us and join us again tomorrow

Right, what a cracker of a contest that was. As you might expect, Hazratullah Zazai is the Player of the Match

"I performed like this on my PSL debut last week, and I just got confidence from that. When you have confidence, and when I struck that first six off Amir, I felt it was my day. I was pacing myself to stay ahead of the rate because I was in the zone. I was looking to make things easy for the batsmen that followed, and thankfully we did that."

Wahab Riaz says there's lots of pressure on him as the captain but praises the team. "I was just praying our batting gets us over the line. As a captain, losing the playoff game against Lahore hurt us a lot because I felt we would have won that if I bowled a good over. Karachi is a big team but we showed character. We gave our all in the field and it was very satisfying to see."

He's confident there won't be a drop-off against Islamabad United. "The pressure will be on Islamabad because of how ell they've played now that they are one game away from elimination. I'm just happy we get another chance against them."

Imad Wasim, losing captain: "We played very good cricket. We were 10-20 short. Bowlers bowled well. Can't ask for more...those catches. They bowled really well but we were short, we should've got 190. Zazai was great, we tried different things but wasn't enough. To fans, keep supporting us. Next season we'll come back hard. Couple of guys played well this season. We'll come back..."

2.20pm Rutherford the hero in the end as Zalmi set up a date with Islamabad United tomorrow for the second spot in Thursday's PSL final against Multan Sultans. Zalmi win, but not convincingly, however you'd think they were the better side. Zazai's blitzkrieg does not go to waste.

ABAE: "Terrific bowling from Ilyas, created chances, and generally was good with economy. Unlucky but Zazai was too much for the Kings"

Camper: "Rutherford surely has sealed a spot for the WI WT20 side!! Done this SO often.."

Khawaja Rehan A: "Good Over Ilyas, Your fielders did not gave you the best but 5 out of 5 to you for this last over!!! My last comment for this PSL and i know its not gonna published"

19.5
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, 1 run

full, on off. Goes for the glory shot, and the ball is in the air! Short mid off tracks backwards to try and take a catch, but he can't do it! Perera goes for the one hander behind his head, and that is dropped! They take one and the champions are knocked out! Two dropped catches, including one here, and Zalmi live to fight another day

Fielders in.

19.4
4
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, FOUR runs

scores tied! Full and wide, and he extends his arms to hammer a drive over mid off!

Ilyas has bowled three great balls. However the game goes, he's done excellent work

Bilal Ahmed: "What a bowling under pressure. A lesson for senior bowlers. Hats off to Ilyas."

19.3
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, no run

advantage Kings? What a crucial delivery. Length ball, super fast. Hits the deck and gets some extra bounce. Rutherford misses the slog.

Mohsin Cheema: "I've a exam tomorrow early.. and Ilyas is wasting alot of time of mine for setting his trousers again and again" -- slowing the game down, a good strategy. Making the nervous batters even more nervous

19.2
1lb
Mohammad Ilyas to Powell, 1 leg bye

good length ball seaming into his pads. Misses the swipe. Hits the body and rolls away to the off side

19.1
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, 1 run

oh dear dropped! And they get a run too. Looks to clear a six over cover but it's been sliced in the air. Danish gets under it at point, but the ball is swirling in the air, and it's not easy. Tries to slide and catch but it goes through his fingers. Akram just smiles in the dugout

This is it guys.... the match comes down to the last six balls. Two West Indians in the middle for Zalmi. Ilyas left with the task to defend six. Delay as Ilyas wants to change his shoes.

Ali Jawed: "Super Over. Super Over. We want a Super Over."

end of over 197 runs • 1 wicket
PZ: 169/5CRR: 8.89 RRR: 7.00
Rovman Powell1 (2)
Sherfane Rutherford11 (6)
Mohammad Amir 4-0-37-1
Mohammad Ilyas 3-0-24-1
18.6
Amir to Powell, no run

slower ball, on middle. Fended towards point. No run! Seven off the final over

Seven needed off seven. Reckon this is almost a free ball for Powell. Take a single or go for a boundary? What will he do.

18.5
1
Amir to Rutherford, 1 run

falls safe! Short on middle, and the pull goes in the air. Keeper runs towards short fine leg but the ball falls betwen him and deep square leg running in

18.4
4
Amir to Rutherford, FOUR runs

so smart! Length ball angling in, and he swivels to pull it fine to the vacant fine leg for four! Great use of the wrists...

18.3
1
Amir to Powell, 1 run

fullish, outside off. Nudged to third man for one

Kamran's got his hand on his head in the dugout.

18.2
W
Amir to Malik, OUT

good length, on off. Goes for a leg-side hoick, and bottom edged to the keeper! Amir gets a wicket for the first time in the second leg. And what a big wicket...Malik, the experienced Malik

Shoaib Malik c †Walton b Mohammad Amir 30 (25b 2x4 1x6) SR: 120

Nadeem: "@Saad, Babar and Zazai are two very different players. Zazai is one of the most exciting players to emerge in recent times. It's the Fakhars, Sharjeels and Haiders who need to watch him closely. "

18.1
1lb
Amir to Rutherford, 1 leg bye

fullish, on middle and leg. Misses the slog. Hits the pad and rolls away to the leg side

Fourteen off 12 balls. Zalmi should look to bring it down to less than six for the final over. Only because nerves can get into play with six balls to go. A couple of wickets, at this stage, however...

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
PZ: 162/4CRR: 9.00 RRR: 7.00
Sherfane Rutherford6 (3)
Shoaib Malik30 (24)
Mohammad Ilyas 3-0-24-1
Mohammad Amir 3-0-31-0
17.6
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, 1 run

good length, on leg stump. Worked off his pads to deep square leg

17.5
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Malik, 1 run

overpitched on off, and he toe-ends a drive to long on

17.4
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, 1 run

good length, on leg. Tapped to the off side for a quick run

Rafey: "Karachi. Why are you giving us hopes again "

17.3
4
Mohammad Ilyas to Rutherford, FOUR runs

back of a length, angling across, and Rutherford starts with four! Rides the bounce, and slaps a cut past point!

17.2
W
Mohammad Ilyas to Usman, OUT

off stump knocked back! Ilyas points at his heart after getting that. Fullish, outside off but angleing into off. Misses the slog, gets an inside edge, and the zing lights are on!

Khalid Usman b Mohammad Ilyas 17 (14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 121.42
17.1
1
Mohammad Ilyas to Malik, 1 run

back of a length on middle, and following the batter as he makes room. Cramped pull to the sweeper fielder on the leg side

Ilyas.

Saad: "I have always been a Karachi fan cz of Amir but I now want Peshawar to win having watched both Zazai and Babar bat. I am sorry Babar jas to learn a lesson and improve his power game and I would love to see Zazai further in the tournament."

end of over 1711 runs
PZ: 154/3CRR: 9.05 RRR: 7.33
Khalid Usman17 (13)
Shoaib Malik28 (22)
Mohammad Amir 3-0-31-0
Noor Ahmad 4-0-41-1

Sher Afghan: "What's up with all the wides? The last five overs each have at least one wide. " -- Trying to keep the ball away from the batters' arc. Works well sometimes, sometimes it doesn't

16.6
6
Amir to Usman, SIX runs

back of a length, slower ball. He swipes at it cross batted, and hey, it's got enough to clear the long on boundary! What a way to end the over and also bring the fifty partnership

16.5
1
Amir to Malik, 1 run

full on middle and leg. Uses the bottom hand to get it over the infield. But deep midwicket is there

16.4
1
Amir to Usman, 1 run

low full toss, after attempting the yorker. Bunted to Perera at mid off. He was looking to hit it past the non-striker but not connected as he would've liked

Best performances - batters
Hazratullah Zazai player portrait
Hazratullah Zazai PZ
77 runs (38)
10 fours
5 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
slog shot
19 runs
0 four
3 sixes
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Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam KK
53 runs (45)
6 fours
0 six
Control75%
Productive shot
pull
15 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera KK
O
2
M
0
R
10
W
2
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Mohammad Irfan portrait
Mohammad Irfan PZ
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
2
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossPeshawar Zalmi, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai
Series resultPeshawar Zalmi advanced
Match days21 June 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Asif Yaqoob
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Muhammad Javed