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Pakistan Super League: Saim Ayub stars in Peshawar Zalmi’s win over Lahore Qalandars

It was a sensational 68 in 36 balls from Saim Ayub and a solid 41-ball 50 from Babar Azam that helped Peshawar Zalmi beat table-toppers Lahore Qalandars by 35 runs at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in match 23 of the HBL Pakistan Super League 8.

Match Summary

Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars, 23rd Match, Pakistan Super League

Peshawar Zalmi 207/10 (19.3 ov)

Lahore Qalandars 172/10 (19.4 ov)

Result - Peshawar Zalmi won by 35 runs.


This was Peshawar Zalmi’s fourth win in seven matches and it has extinguished Karachi Kings’ hopes of Playoff qualification as all top four teams have at least eight points now. The maximum that the Imad Wasim’s side can manage are six points, considering they win their last game on 12 March against Lahore Qalandars.

Left-hander Saim recorded his third half-century of the edition after being promoted to the top of the order. He smashed eight fours and three sixes in an innings defined by gorgeous stroke making. The 20-year-old made the most of the field restrictions in the first six overs, scoring 43 in 24 balls that propelled Peshawar Zalmi to 67 by the end of the Powerplay.

Babar, his captain, played the supporting role and the pair recorded a sparkling 107-run opening partnership. The two were separated in the 11th over when Saim fell to Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner added another wicket to his tally in his next over by deceiving Mohammad Haris who top-edged a sweep to Sikandar Raza.

Peshawar Zalmi looked set to post a massive total with a hard-hitting middle-order given a platform to cut loose, but Lahore Qalandars made a decent comeback in the death overs, especially after Babar’s wicket in the 16th over. They could add only 36 runs in the last over fours and lost seven wickets, four of which were taken by Shaheen Afridi, and were bowled out for 207 with three balls left in the innings.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore scored a quickfire 16-ball 36 with three sixes and two fours before being sent back in the 18th over by Haris Rauf. Shaheen finished with four for 31 and Haris, Zaman Khan and Rashid took two wickets each.

Lahore Qalandars’ run chase was heavily dented in the Powerplay. Wahab Riaz showed why he is the most successful HBL PSL bowler when he delivered a double-wicket maiden. The left-arm pacer dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Sam Billings on consecutive deliveries in the fifth over. Abdullah Shafique mistimed the ball for Rovman Powell to take a fabulous catch at mid-off in the next over as Lahore Qalandars found themselves four down for 21. Shawaiz Irfan, marking his debut for Lahore Qalandars, played on off Arshad Iqbal in the first over.

Hussain Talat and Shaheen provided some consolation fireworks for the Lahore Qalandars fans in their 114-run partnership off 65 balls. Shaheen struck five sixes and three fours in his 36-ball 52 before getting caught behind off Wahab.

That dismissal brought Sikandar at the crease who whipped the left-arm pacer for a four on the first ball and dispatched him for a six on the next. Sikandar would make 20 off seven before getting dismissed on the last ball of the 18th. Hussain fell in the 19th to Arshad after making 63 off 37 and smashing five sixes and four fours.

Lahore Qalandars were bowled out for 172 with two balls spare. Arshad and Wahab finished with three wickets each for 27 and 17 runs, and Azamatullah Omarzai returned two for 40.

Match Stats

Peshawar Zalmi Fall of wickets: 1-107 (Saim Ayub - 10.4 ov), 2-125 (Mohammad Haris - 12.2 ov), 3-168 (Babar Azam - 15.3 ov), 4-179 (Rovman Powell - 16.4 ov), 5-183 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore - 17.2 ov), 6-199 (Haseebullah Khan - 18.3 ov), 7-203 (Azmatullah Omarzai - 18.5 ov), 8-203 (Wahab Riaz - 18.6 ov), 9-203 (Aamer Jamal - 19.1 ov), 10-207 (Arshad Iqbal - 19.3 ov)

Lahore Qalandars Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Shawaiz Irfan - 0.6 ov), 2-19 (Fakhar Zaman - 4.2 ov), 3-19 (Sam Billings - 4.3 ov), 4-21 (Abdullah Shafique - 5.4 ov), 5-135 (Shaheen Afridi - 16.3 ov), 6-162 (Sikandar Raza - 17.6 ov), 7-166 (Hussain Talat - 18.2 ov), 8-167 (David Wiese - 18.6 ov), 9-168 (Rashid Khan - 19.1 ov), 10-172 (Zaman Khan - 19.4 ov)

Playing XI

Peshawar Zalmi - Babar Azam(C), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris(WK), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Haseebullah Khan, Rovman Powell, Aamer Jamal, Wahab Riaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshad Iqbal

Lahore Qalandars - Fakhar Zaman, Shawaiz Irfan, Sam Billings(WK), Abdullah Shafique, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi(C), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan

Match Details

Date - 2023-03-07 09:00:00

Venue - Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi

Toss - Peshawar Zalmi elected to bat

Umpires - Asif Yaqoob(Pakistan), Martin Saggers(England), Ahsan Raza(Pakistan TV)

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