KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators fought their way to ultimate victory against Peshawar Zalmi in the title match of the Pakistan Super League 2019 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.
The Gladiators won the title match by 8 wickets, with 13 balls remaining, marking a decisive and dominant win over Zalmi. The occasion marks the side’s first victory after having reached the final on two previous occasions.
Zalmi had set a lower-than-expected target of 139 runs, which the Gladiators chased down effectively inside 18 overs.
The Gladiators had won the toss and decided to field first against Zalmi. Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy had expressed hopes after the toss that the side would be able to put up a target of 180 runs or more but they fell much shorter than that owing to the constant onslaught of the Gladiators’ bowlers who restricted them beautifully.
The first wicket to go was that of Imamul Haq who went down courtesy Mohammad Hasnain for 3 runs off 4 balls at 1.3 overs.
Sammy was the last man to go, fighting until the very end. He hit a full toss down to long on and was caught out by Mohammad Nawaz off Bravo’s delivery.
From Quetta Gladiators side Shehzad, who opened alongside Watson, scored a brilliant half-century, the only player to have done so in the match. Though his 50 came up at 15.1 overs with a single shot to mid-off, his innings (58 runs off 51 balls) was marked by explosive boundaries throughout and paved the way to victory for the Gladiators. He hit six 4s and one 6 and was still standing at the end of the match, the lead scorer for the side.
Shane Watson was the first man to go down from the Gladiators’ side after he was run out by Umar Amin at 2.4 overs. He scored 7 runs off 6 balls.
The Player of the Match award was given to Mohammad Hasnain of the Quetta Gladiators.
The Player of the Series as well as Batsman of the Series awards were won by Shane Watson of the Quetta Gladiators.
The Bowler of the Series award went to Hasan Ali of Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: SR Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, RR Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), DJ Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz, MTC Waller, Mohammad Irfan, DR Smith, Azam Khan, Saud Shakeel
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imamul Haq, KA Pollard, Sohaib Maqsood, DJG Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, CJ Jordan, Hasan Ali, TS Mills, Umar Amin, Nabi Gul, Khalid Usman, Misbahul Haq, Umaid Asif, ADS Fletcher, LA Dawson, Ibtisam Sheikh, LMP Simmons