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3 reasons why Zalmi lost to Sultans

3 reasons why Zalmi lost to Sultans

Too many rash shots

Given Multan was an unknown territory so Peshawar batsmen, batting first, should have taken their time to get accustomed to the conditions. There was uneven bounce and few indentations on the pitch that created problems for the batters. 

They were in a rush and ended up playing many mistimed shots straight into the hands of fielders. It becomes incumbent upon a player to cash in on his form which veteran opening batsman Kamran failed to do today. Perhaps, he could have calmed down a bit after slamming three fours. 

Seniors pros letting down

Seasoned campaigners were supposed to stabilize the sinking ship and forge partnerships which they weren't able to do. Also, the application was missing from the top-flight cricketers and nobody stayed for long on the crease and the innings never really took off. 

There was a glimmer of hope when Liam Dawson got set and was batting well on 22 but then he nicked one through to the keeper and Peshawar was then staring into the abyss. 

Captain lost the plot

After an epic batting collapse, the tail needed to wag but that also didn't happen. Wahab Riaz fell into the trap beautifully set up by Imran Tahir who cleverly pitched up and gave a bit more air. Wahab didn't really get underneath the stroke and holed out to long-off. 

Darren Sammy's innings made things look from bad to worse. He just kept defending the balls and looked very uncomfortable out there, especially against the quality spin bowling. When the pacer came on, Sammy tried to dominate but miscued a shot straight to mid-on and that proved to be the last nail in the coffin as there was no resistance from thereon.