Peshawar Zalmi thrashed Quetta Gladiators and lift PSL 2017 trophy

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi thrashed Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs and lift the trophy of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final on Sunday at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

Peshawar was asked to bat first by Quetta Gladiators and they were able to manage 148-6 in 20 overs. Quetta, in their chase, felt the absence of their foreign players and were all out for a mere 90 in 16.3 overs.

The Zalmi’s kicked off their innings with three solid boundaries smacked by opener Kamran Akmal.

Kamran Akmal and Sammy were the heavy hitters in this game, with opener Akmal racking up a quick 40 before his dismissal and Sammy closing the Zalmi innings with 28 runs ─ 22 of which were boundaries (three sixes and 1 four).

Quetta Gladiators’ bowler Rayad Emrit was a force to be reckoned with, taking three wickets ─ Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Malan ─ with an economy of 31 runs off four overs. Mohammad Nawaz conceded just 15 runs off his four overs, taking one wicket.

The Gladiators made a dismal start to their innings, scoring only one run in the first over and losing opener Morne Van Wyk to a run-out on the third ball of the second.

Zalmi bowlers Mohammad Asghar and Wahab Riaz shined in the game, with the former taking three wickets and conceding only 16 runs while the latter took two wickets for 13.

During the awards ceremony after the match, Sammy was awarded the ‘Man of the Final’ trophy.

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Kamran Akmal was awarded ‘Man of the Tournament’, along with prizes for best wicket-keeper and batsman of the tournament.

Sohail Khan took home the prize for best bowler of the tournament as he was the highest wicket-taker this PSL season.

Sarfraz Ahmed: “The target was chase-able. We didn’t bat well. We lost five wickets in first six overs; that was the turning point. I want to thank the crowd in Lahore. I want to felicitate PCB. They managed the whole event very well. I want to thank all the forces: army, police, rangers and everyone else for providing security.”

Darren Sammy: “To me, it’s more than just a game. It all started in the drafts. Lala [Afrdi] made me the captain, he was a better Pakistani player to support. One of our mottos was to bring back smiles and tonight there will be lot smiles on faces in Peshawar. I must thank PSL management for putting up a good event. The standard of cricket was good. I am happy I came [to the PSL].”

Earlier, PSL chairman Najam Sethi, the man behind the successful organization of the event, said it was a victory to be named to Pakistan and the country will not bow down to anyone or anything.

“Zinda dilane Lahore, Zinda dilane Pakistan, I thank you all very much,” said PSL chairman Najam Sethi while addressing the crowd during the closing ceremony. “This PSL is yours. If you were not with us, then this would not have happened. Today we have people from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Karachi and Balochistan here in Lahore. They are here from every nook and corner [of the country]. This sends out a message that we are united, we will not bow down before anyone or anything.”