KARACHI: Strong bowling lineup drove Quetta Gladiators to comfortable victory by eight wickets against Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi on Sunday.
Quetta had restricted Peshawar to 138 runs with spectacular bowling spell. Young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain played the key role with ripping apart three crucial wickets including of Imam-ul-Haq (3 off 4) and Kieron Pollard (7 off 12). DJ Brave bagged two wickets for 24 in four overs.
Pair of unbeaten batsmen, Ahmed Shehzad (58 off 51) and Rilee Rossouw (39 off 32) finished the job in 19th over with quickfire strokes.
Quetta Gladiators have won all four clashes against Peshawar Zalmi in this Pakistan Super League season, including the final which earned them their first PSL title. Earlier, Quetta Gladiators have failed twice in the PSL final.
One of the key reasons for Quetta Gladiators’ consistency this season has been their form in the ‘power play’. In PSL 2019, they have scored at 8.77 runs per over in the opening phase, the highest among all teams. Despite losing Shane Watson (7 for 6) early, they scored 57/1 in the first 6 overs today.