DUBAI – Heroics of Afridi steals victory from Quetta Gladiators in the last over in the 19th game of HBL PSL 2017 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Peshawar skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision proved to be a huge plus for them as the got both openers out within two overs on just four runs.
Rilee Rossow (38) and Kevin Pietersen (41) took the score to 94 before the two of the got out in a quick succession.
Mohammad Nawaz hit a few big hits down the order to take the team total to 118. In the mean time, Sarfraz got run out and then Nawaz was caught in the deep on 18. Zulfiqar Babar (0) was the next goer after Muhammadullah (0).
Peshawar started off the chase cautiously. They had not lost a wicket within the powerplay.
But, right in the 7th over, Tameem got out for 7. In came Samuel, he hit a six and then got out on 7 too. Maqsood and Sammy were next two to get out on the successive balls. Both went for ducks. Quetta were back in the game.
When everything was going away from Peshawar, they were 52 for 6, Afridi and Hafeez stood for them to take the score to 89 before Hafeez (22) got out.
Afridi did not lose hope and kept hitting big shots occasionally. Zalmi required 18 off the last 2 overs, and Afridi was still there on 36 not out. His partner Wahab got a nick to the keeper, returned for only 1 run. 16 runs were still needed on 8 balls with 2 wickets to spare.
Hasan Ali manages t get two fours off the second last over, including a top edge over the keeper. Now Zalmi needed 8 off the final over with Afridi on strike. He hits two four on two balls to take the game single handedly with 45*