Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, Eliminator 1 (3 v 4)
Peshawar Zalmi won by 12 runs
We were treated to a closely-fought encounter today and the chasing team still hasn't won a game at this venue this season. On that note, it's time to bring the curtains down. Tune in tomorrow for the second Eliminator - Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi. Until then, goodbye..
Babar Azam: The way the fast bowlers executed and came back, it was outstanding. The ball started to reverse after 10 overs. We couldn't finish well with the bat, we were 20 runs short. There's always room for improvement. We need to bowl well in the first six overs.
Shadab Khan: We struggled with the ball in the first 10 overs, we came back outstandingly. Credit to the way Peshawar bowled when the ball was reverse-swinging. Wins and losses are part of this game, I feel I made the right decision at the toss. Our body language wasn't good in the first 10-13 overs and that cost us the game today. We qualified for the playoffs. We didn't play the perfect game as a team. We could have finished in the top-two but we didn't play smart cricket.
22:35 Local Time, 17:35 GMT, 23:05 IST: Aamer Jamal runs to hug Babar Azam. All smiles in the Peshawar camp. Mind you, they were under the pump when Islamabad United looked like they would cruise home with Maqsood and Hales going strong. Both the batters had notched up their fifties, they had stitched a century partnership and the asking rate was below 10 RPO at the end of the 14th over with nine wickets in hand. But PZ roared back in style, courtesy Aamer Jamal and Salman Irshad. They nailed the yorkers and slipped in the slower balls smartly and swung the pendulum back in Peshawar's favour. Islamabad slipped from 128/1 to 147/5 in three overs. Shadab Khan struck a few boundaries to keep his team in the hunt but Munro struggled to lay bat on ball and Islamabad eventually fell short by 12 runs. Earlier, captain Babar Azam got his team off to a flier with a blazing fifty. They stuttered after his downfall and settled for 183 but their bowlers bowled superbly in the death overs to eliminate Islamabad....
ISU: 171-6 after 20 overs
19.6 Aamer Jamal to Hasan Ali, no run, 143.2kph, pacy yorker, Hasan Ali doesn't connect with his pull and the ball goes between the batsman's legs. Peshawar Zalmi win by 12 runs!
19.5 Aamer Jamal to Shadab Khan, 1 run, full and angled in, Shadab Khan clears his front leg and inside-halves the hoick to deep mid-wicket
14 runs | 2 balls.
19.4 Aamer Jamal to Shadab Khan, SIX, 143.3kph, full delivery, slot ball, Shadab Khan flogs it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum
20 runs | 3 balls. Babar and TKC have a word with Jamal...
19.3 Aamer Jamal to Shadab Khan, 2 runs, 144kph, full delivery, flicked over mid-wicket for a couple
22 runs | 4 balls.
19.2 Aamer Jamal to Shadab Khan, 2 runs, Jamal misses his yorker, it was in the slot but Shadab Khan doesn't middle as he swings his bat hard. Goes to the right of long-on and Shadab comes back for the second
24 runs | 5 balls.
19.1 Aamer Jamal to Shadab Khan, no run, 140.9kph, you can't do much as a batter. Aamer Jamal slips in a yorker, Shadab Khan moves leg-side and fails to make contact as the ball goes between his legs
Aamer Jamal [3.0-0-25-2] is back into the attack
Equation: 24 runs | 6 balls. Aamer Jamal to bowl the final over. What can Shadab Khan do?
ISU: 160-6 after 19 overs
18.6 Salman Irshad to Shadab Khan, 1 run, fuller than good length, Shadab Khan clears his front leg to drill it to long-on off the inner edge. Superb outing with the ball for Salman Irshad who finishes with 4-0-18-2!
18.5 Salman Irshad to Shadab Khan, FOUR, pacy full delivery wide of off, Shadab Khan throws his bat at it and slices it over short third man off the outer part of the bat
18.4 Salman Irshad to Hasan Ali, leg byes, 1 run, 138kph, high full toss, Hasan Ali swings and misses to get hit on the thigh outside the line of leg-stump
Hasan Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease