PZ won by 4 wickets
PZ won by 4 wickets
Liam Dawson smashed a last-ball four off Mohammad Sami to clinch a thrilling four-wicket win for Peshawar Zalmi over Islamabad United in the 21st match of Pakistan Super League (2019).
Needing 14 off the last over, Peshawar's skipper Darren Sammy -- limping with a leg injury -- smashed the fourth ball over the long-off boundary for a six but was run out in attempt to take a sharp single as he missed the ball off the fifth.
But Dawson, who smashed 35-ball 52 not out with three sixes and as many boundaries, kept his cool to give Peshawar their fifth win in seven games and the first team to get ten points.
They also kept their top position on the table.
But Sammy was equally heroic with 29-ball 40 with two sixes and as many boundaries. He helped Dawson clinch the game with a fifth-wicket partnership of 89 in 8.2 overs.
Earlier, Islamabad United were all out for 176 off the final over with Cameroon Delport hitting a solid 55-ball 71 with eight boundaries and a six after they were put into bat.
Peshawar were off to a brisk start with Kamran Akmal (19) and Andre Fletcher (21) smashing three sixes in Rumman Raees's third over.
Kamran, when on 11, became the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs in PSL history. His feat came in 41st match.
But after a brisk start of 37 and then reach 58-1, Peshawar lost four wickets in the space of just 26Left-armeft arm spinner Zafar Gohar had Kamran and dangerman Kieron Pollard (one) while Shadab Khan had Fletcher and Imam-ul-Haq (15) to leave Peshawar in a spot of bother with the board reading 84-5.
Dawson smashed two sixes and a boundary to collect 27 in Faheem Ashraf's 13th and that lifted the tempo.
Sammy matched his partner shot for shot by hitting a four and a six off Rumman as the target was reduced to 22 off two overs. Peshawar were lucky in the penultimate over when Sammy was caught off a Faheem no-ball.
Islamabad are second with eight points in eight games, four wins and as many defeats.
Cameron Delport added 46 for the second wicket with Phil Salt, who made 18-ball 28, and 70 for the third wicket with Chadwick Walton (22).
Asif Ali smashed two sixes and a boundary in his 13-ball 23 but Islamabad lost their last seven wickets for 29 runs including that of Delport in the 17th over. That slide included two run outs.
Leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (2-30), Hasan Ali (2-24), Wahab Riaz (2-20) were all effective in Peshawar's bowling. With the two wickets, Wahab has also completed 250 wickets in all T20 cricket.