The battle for the number one spot between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi settled in the former’s favour as rain abandoned the contest.
After winning the toss, Gladiator’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed elected to bowl first — a decision he had though out well. He attacked with his left-arm orthodox bowlers right away and Sharjah’s rank-turner obliged to every command given by Zulfiqar Babar and Mohammad Nawaz.
Rain made first interruption during the powerplay overs when Tamim Iqbal – playing his first match this season – and Mohammad Hafeez started to look settled.
Zalmi lost their first wicket, after the pause, when Hafeez (16 off 19 balls) skied Mahmudullah Riad to be caught at the long-on region.
Young sensation Hassan Khan removed Kamran Akmal for nought four balls later and Rilee Roussouw sent Eoin Morgan (1 off 4 balls) back on his first ever delivery in Twenty20 cricket.
Sarfraz bowled only two overs with the pacers on a surface that squared up the batters, which tells why Gladiators win 92 per cent matches when he opts to field after winning the toss.
Iqbal, however, stood strong amidst the crisis and started his PSL II with a breezy 50 hitting eight boundaries – equal number of fours and sixes.
Erratic showers delayed Gladiators from beginning the chase and after a long interval when the players and officials took the field, the rain started to pour again. The pursuit of the revised target of 55 from six overs never commenced.
Both sides share the points, which will see Zalmi remain at the top of the points table.