KARACHI.: The grand finale to the sports activities extravaganza – staged within the nation after a protracted cricketing drought – on Sunday signaled a particular triumph of peace. As a packed to capability National Stadium cheered their favorite groups, Quetta Gladiators pulled off victory to take the trophy residence. It was their fourth and most necessary match in opposition to Peshawar Zalmi this season, they usually succeeded in sealing their maiden HBL Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) title. Gladiators stormed previous Zalmi with relative ease courtesy to an unbeaten innings of 58 not out off 51 balls from Ahmed Shehzad.
Zalmi wanted early wickets after posting a modest complete on the board and Umar Amin gave Zalmi the much-needed breakthrough by nailing a direct hit, to get the large fish Shane Watson out for simply 7 runs.
Regardless of dropping Watson early on, Gladiators remained answerable for the run-chase with Ahmed Shehzad shepherding the innings with Ahsan Ali.
Wahab Riaz raised some hopes of a fightback when he eliminated middle-order batsman Ahsan Ali for 21.
Nevertheless, Shehzad discovered an ready ally in left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw. They fashioned an unbeaten partnership of 72 to finish a snug chase.
It was a contrasting story when Peshawar Zalmi batted.
Earlier, Zalmi posted 138-Eight of their 20 overs, after Gladiators gained the toss and opted to discipline first.
Regardless of dropping Opener Imamul Haq within the second over, his accomplice Kamran Akmal gave Zalmi a blazing begin to their innings. Nevertheless, he tried one shot too many and bought stumped for 21, leaving Zalmi with two wickets down for 31 in four overs.
Center-order duo of Amin and Sohaib Maqsood tried to place the innings again on observe, however couldn’t capitalise on their begins, falling for 38 and 20, respectively.
Gladiators had Zalmi on the ground as they saved dropping wickets at common intervals, dropping half the aspect for 96 in 15 overs.
Their hopes of mustering a aggressive complete rested on their captain Daren Sammy, who together with All-rounder Kieron Pollard and Decrease-order bat Wahab Riaz might solely accumulate 42 runs within the final 5 overs.
Younger pacer, Mohammad Hasnain bagged three wickets whereas the all-rounder Dwayne Bravo claimed two wickets for the Gladiators.
Mohammad Hasnain of the Gladiators gained the person of the match award for taking three wickets for 30.
In keeping with espncricinfo.com, the closing ceremony, understandably, was stripped to reveal bones, shorn of all of the dances that adorned the opening ceremony as a mark of respect for the victims of the phobia assaults in Christchurch over the weekend.
Sadly, the un-embellished nature of the festivities prolonged to the cricket itself, throwing up a ultimate largely devoid of all of the drama, theatre and pleasure that enlivened so many video games throughout the PSL this season.
That didn’t detract from Quetta Gladiators’ near-flawless efficiency, as the perfect crew within the competitors rose to the event on its most necessary day to inflict a heavy defeat on Peshawar Zalmi.