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Afridi's five-fer take Peshawar Zalmi to top position replacing Quetta Gladiators

Afridi's five-fer take Peshawar Zalmi to top position replacing Quetta Gladiators
Shahid Afridi's five-wicket haul also fetched him the man of the match.
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Peshawar Zalmi 130-2 (Malan 60no) beat
Quetta Gladiators 129 (Afridi 5-7) by eight wickets
17th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

Shahid Afridi registered his career best Twenty20 figures of seven for five as he restricted Quetta Gladiators to 129 following which Dawid Malan scored an unbeaten 60 to chase down the target with eight wickets in hand in the 17th match of the Pakistan Super League.

The win has also taken the Peshawar Zalmi to the top of the points table replacing the Quetta Gladiators with net-run-rate separating them.

Earlier it was Sarfraz Ahmed who who the toss and decided to bat first.

Both teams had reinforcements from the Masters Champions League joining them with Kumar Sangakkara taking the field for the Quetta Gladiators while Brad Hodge played his first game in the tournament for Peshawar Zalmi.

Asad Shafiq (16) and Ahmed Shehzad (21) took the Gladiators to a flier as they reached 34 for naught in the first four overs.

But Peshawar came back into the game with the double strike from Wahab Riaz (2-19) in the fifth over to dismiss Shehzad and Sangakkara (0).

Afridi (5-7) introduced himself before the powerplay and he struck in his first over after Akbar-ur-Rehman (1) chipped one to the backward point fielder.

Afridi never allowed the Quetta Gladiators to recover as he removed Mohammad Nawaz (5), Ahmed (10), Mohammad Nabi (2) and Elton Chigumbura (0) in a span of five runs.

At one stage, the Quetta Gladiators were reeling at 66 for nine and were in a danger of getting dismissed before 100 but a 63-run stand for the last wicket between Grant Elliott (40) and Zulfiqur Babar (20 not out) ensured they had something to bowl at after reaching 129.

Peshawar Zalmi openers got them off to a cautious start after reaching 18 for naught in the first over.
But Mohammad Hafeez (36) got struck in Nawaz (1-38) smashing him for 15 runs in the fifth over as the Zalmis reached 41 for naught in the powerplay.

However, Nawaz had his revenge after Hafeez was caught in the covers ending the 60-run opening stand with Dawid Malan (60 not out).

Malan, who reached his fifty off 48 deliveries added another 54 runs with Kamran Akmal (17) for the second wicket which sealed the game for the Peshawar Zalmi.

They reached the target in 18.4 overs with eight wickets in hand. Afridi without a doubt was named the man of the match.

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