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26 Thoughts We All Had Watching Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi
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26 Thoughts We All Had Watching Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi

What a match and what a PSL! Just when you think you have seen everything, there is another twist in each of these matches. Here are some thoughts all of us had while watching the insane match between Zalmi and Gladiators


1. Ahmed Shahzad – y u breaking Afridi’s heart?

 Cricket mai no dosti, no sorry, no thank you

Cricket mai no dosti, no sorry, no thank you


Ahmad Shahzad hits Afridi for sixes with the vengeance of a jilted ex. Gone are the heydays of their bromance – only thing left for us is the sight of Afridi looking at Ahmad Shahzad in this match with eyes saying “Et Tu, Brute?”


2. Has there ever been a better batsman to watch than Kevin Pietersen?


Brian Lara was majestic, Sachin was perfect, Ricky was text book but for me there is nothing more exhilarating than watching Kevin Pietersen stand up to a fast bowler with his 6 foot 2” tattooed frame and whack him for six. The way this man dominates a bowling attack – combining brute force with timing and technique - is pure class. Players like Gayle and Afridi may win you any match if it is their day but with Kevin Pietersen you just expect him to do it every match.

3. Quetta are going to get 230 here


Watching Ahmed Shahzad and Kevin Pietersen hit it out of the park literally made you think a score over 230 was on. Pakistani teams are not known for scoring over 200 runs in a T20 match but this was the perfect platform.


4. Typical Pakistani collapse


Somehow Quetta barely mustered to 200. It wouldn’t feel like Pakistan if there wasn’t a batting collapse.

5. Is 200 enough?


It has been a weird PSL. Chasing 60 was a monumental task whereas 200 has been chased down. Was scoring 200 going to prove to be unlucky for Quetta Gladiators?


6. Anwar Ali bowls like it is 2006


It is rare for a Pakistani fast bowler to be best remembered for his bowling performance in a U19 match but last night Anwar Ali bowled as well as he ever has, constantly bamboozling Kamran Akmal in the first over, in which he only conceded a single run.


7. We won’t be late for office tomorrow


The start Peshawar Zalmi got made you think we were in for an early night. Another collapse, easy victory for Quetta Gladiators and enough time to get some sleep.


8. Is that Mohammad Hafeez?


Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, it’s the Professor hitting the ball out of the park. When have we last seen Mohammad Hafeez be this aggressive? Bet Steyn isn’t laughing now.


9. Tymal Mills – are you Mohammad Sami in disguise?

Wides? An over that lasts forever? Tymall Mills really found his inner Mohammad Sami last night.


10. Afridi is on form – the match is not over

Very few teams can stop Shahid Afridi when he is on form – so much so that he is hitting the ball out of the stadium on the off side.


11. Told you 200 was not enough

Quetta really should have gotten more. They had the perfect platform.


12. Why did Haris Suhail come to bat over Darren Sammy

Well it wouldn’t matter – Afridi has a strike rate of 300.


13. Is Afridi batting so well to make us take back his retirement?

Surely not?


14. Afridi is gone but so is the match.

It wouldn’t be Afridi without trying to hit one too many balls out of the park but surely he has done enough to ensure victory for Peshawar Zalmi?


15. Wait what?

Darren Sammy refused to take a single? Thankfully they just need 7 from the last over otherwise this would have come back to really haunt him.


16. No..surely..not?

Chris Jordan loses his wicket but there is still Wahab Riaz to come and they just need two runs now. Two runs of three balls.


17. Wahab – WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

There was no need to run there – you had no idea where the ball was. Surely Peshawar cannot lose to Quetta by a single run at this stage of the tournament again this year.


18. Sarfaraz dhoka nahee day ga

Admirable how the captain is keeping his cool under so much pressure. Shades of MS Dhoni? Glad to finally have a proactive captain.


19. MOHAMMAD NAWAZ YOU BEAUTY!

If there is one thing Pakistan has a lot of it is left arm spinners who do not spin the ball –even then Mohammad Nawaz deserves his plae in the Pakistan national team! Cometh the hour, cometh the man. What a final over!


20. Quetta do it again!


I don’t care if I am from Karachi I will support Quetta Gladiators all the way!


21. Sarfaraz Dhoka nahee day ga

It is not a cliché if you don’t at least repeat the joke twice – or a million times.


22. Lala just got lalaland-ed


He probably had an acceptance speech ready.


23. Peshawar Zalmi fans be like: Not again this year!


24. Who is scripting the PSL this year?

My heart cannot take so many close finishes.


25. PCB ensures no betting happens

As unpredictable as the PSL has been this year, it would take a very brave person to bet on the outcome of these matches.


26. Bring on the next two matches!

We just have two more matches before PSL goes away for another year. Time to savour each and every ball. It really has been a tournament to remember!