Commentary: Peshawar Zalmi Vs Quetta Gladiators, 25th Match

Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, 25th Match

Quetta Gladiators won by 8 wkts

PSZ - 240/2 (20)
QTG - 243/2 (18.2)

CRR:  13.25

Player of the Match


That's all for now. What a game we have had tonight. See you tomorrow. Stay safe and take care. For now escaping. Bye.

Mohammad Nawaz | Quetta captain: Every captain wants a match-winning innings like that. He also won't forget this for the rest of his life and we as well. The discussion was to show intent from ball one and it was continued by Guptill and Roy. Then Hafeez showed his experience by making a quick 40. It was not a tough call as Ifti and Umar play at 5 and 6, Hafeez was at 4 because we needed a partnership and that's why we sent Hafeez at that time. We will try to play well in the last game and hopefully we will see what happens for the playoffs.

Babar Azam | Peshawar captain: Jason Roy changed the game totally. Bowling was not up to the mark, what we discussed we did not execute. Having one more spinner wouldn't have helped as the pitch was great. We wanted to carry on with the same combination from last game. The way Saim Ayub started, it helped carry on the momentum, as a youngster he is improving day by day and it's good for Pakistan cricket. As a professional, you need to identify a few things and we will sit and discuss what went wrong. We have back to back games now and we want to come back.

Jason Roy | Player of the Match: Just went out there and had some fun. Had to go hard from ball one, on that wicket and with these boundaries, it was a hell of a lot of fun. It was one of those days, it came off, extremely happy. On pitches like these, you have to play proper shots, very tough for the bowlers. This gives us something to smile about, we have got the players but this tournament we have come up short. Really up there, especially in T20 cricket, it does not happen that often and I will cherish every moment.

Martin Guptill: Unbelievable from J Roy. One of the best T20 innings I have seen. I'm speechless. From the start to finish was unbelievable. Originally we were told that we had to chase in 13.2 overs to have a chance and to do it with 10 balls to spare is pretty special. I have been loving it, had a few tough games but that's T20 cricket. Hopefully now we can scrape through to the semis. Babar is a great player, isn't he? He won't hurt you with brutal hitting but he will take away the game with his classical batting.

22:35 Local Time, 17:35 GMT, 23:05 IST: Take this in: A target of 241 chased down with 10 balls to spare. Records tumbled as Roy went god-mode tonight. Quetta stay alive still thanks to one of the all-time great T20 innings. Peshawar have been Jason Roy-ed. And royally too. The third highest chase ever in T20 history. And Quetta have hit 30 fours and 10 sixes overall - becoming the first team in PSL history to do so. Carnage in Pindi tonight. Chasing 241, Roy wanted to make a statement from ball one and despite Guptill going early, he was the aggressor in the 109-run stand with Smeed who struggled to be fair. But once Hafeez came out, it was back to beastly hitting once more as the experienced Professor took over the aggressor's role. Roy meanwhile completed his hundred and watched Hafeez take his side closer, finally Roy managed to complete the game with a hold your pose lofted hit over long-off. Peshawar were just dismantled tonight. Whatever they tried, nothing worked against Roy who hit the ball hard, far and clean most of the innings. Peshawar were hoping to qualify tonight to the playoffs with a win and would have fancied their chances at the halfway mark, but then they ran into J Roy. Stay tuned for the presentations...

18.2 Azmatullah to Roy, SIX, fittingly Roy finishes with a six. A half-volley on off, Roy gets forward to loft and times it so sweetly, it flies away to the long-off fence

18.2 Azmatullah to Roy, wide, short on the stumps, left alone and it's too short, wide called

18.1 Azmatullah to Hafeez, 1 run, back of a length outside off, slashed on the bounce to sweeper cover

Azmatullah Omarzai [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack

QTG: 235-2 after 18 overs

17.6 Aamer Jamal to Hafeez, leg byes, 1 run, full and tailing back in to the pads, Hafeez swings and misses, impact is umpire's call and easily missing leg-stump. Poor review from Babar

Babar has gone for a review for LBW. Flat line on UltraEdge but missing leg-stump

17.5 Aamer Jamal to Hafeez, SIX, just over Babar at long-off. A slower ball outside off, on a fuller length, scythed across the ball and the sliced hit just clears the leaping Babar

17.4 Aamer Jamal to Hafeez, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Hafeez shuffles across and looks for the scoop, off the toe-end as the thick inside-edge is found and just misses off-stump. Hafeez consoles Aamer Jamal by tapping his head

17.3 Aamer Jamal to Roy, 1 run, slower ball off-cutter outside off, cut hard and straight to sweeper cover

17.2 Aamer Jamal to Roy, 2 runs, full and angling into the middle-stump, Roy looks for a big heave, thick inside-edge onto the pad, rolls away to mid-wicket and Roy is back for the 2nd

17.1 Aamer Jamal to Roy, FOUR, Roy is doing this easily. Full and wide outside off, sliced with an open face and placed it between two men square of the wicket on the off-side. Roy fist-pumps to celebrate that four

Aamer Jamal [3.0-0-39-0] is back into the attack

QTG: 217-2 after 17 overs

16.6 Riaz to Hafeez, no run, full and just outside off, Hafeez drives and misses, just past the outside-edge

16.5 Riaz to Roy, 1 run, full on the stumps, flicked to deep square leg for one