Peshawar Zalmi have lost only two matches in their PSL2 campaign thus far and both defeats have come against Islamabad United. This defeat, however, would hurt them more than the season opener’s as Amad Butt sealed the last ball thriller with a single off Junaid Khan.
Butt, facing his first delivery, smacked Junaid down the ground, with his team needing one off one ball.
The anchor of the spine-tingling chase Dwayne Smith stood at the non-striker’s end having scored 72 not out of 59 balls.
But it was not before he sneaked out twice of getting out: the first time when Hasan Ali dropped him at the long-on boundary and the second time when a catch off Junaid’s first ball of the 16th over was adjudged to be a waist-high no-ball.
Allrounder Shane Watson put up 63-run partnership with his 22-ball 30, which made up for the top-order’s failure. He was run out on the penultimate ball, running back to the striker’s end for the second run.
Put into bat by Misbah-ul-Haq, alike the season opener, Zalmi were restricted to 136 runs in 20 overs, courtesy Mohammad Sami’s 3 for 26.
The speedster accounted for the wickets of Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, and more importantly, of Wahab Riaz.
Batting against Shane Watson’s military medium pace, Riaz struck 21 runs in the 18th over, hitting six off the first ball. Three consecutive fours followed the sixer, which had been smoked over long-off’s head on a short-pitched delivery.
Zalmi's batters failed to leave a mark on the pitch that had offered more than 400 runs in a contest an hour earlier.
Eoin Morgan, the highest scorer in the innings, started to look threatening as he piled up runs despite wickets falling from the other end. But United’s leg-spinner Shadab Khan curtailed his stay to 28 balls with his first wicket of the tournament.
Shadab returned the figures of 2 for 26.