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Peshawar Zalmi edge out Quetta Gladiators by 1 run to remain alive

Liam Dawson scored 62 off 35 deliveries
Liam Dawson scored 62 off 35 deliveries

Peshawar Zalmi 157 (Dawson 62) beat
Quetta Gladiators 156-9 (Sarfraz 35) by 1 run
Eliminator 1, Pakistan Super League, Lahore

Despite a last-over heroics from Anwar Ali, Quetta Gladiators were edged out by Peshawar Zalmi with a one-run victory in the Eliminator 1 contest of the Pakistan Super League at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The result also means Quetta's hope of winning their first ever title has ended while the defending champions Peshawar will face Karachi on Wednesday at the same venue in the Eliminator 2.

Chasing 158 for a win, Quetta Gladiators lost Asad Shafiq (0) off the first delivery from Hasan Ali (2-21), who also had Tom Kohler-Cadmore (5) dismissed in his next over.

Contributions from Mohammad Nawaz (35) and Sarfraz Ahmed (35) helped Quetta recover a bit with a 63-run stand for the third wicket and just when they looked on track to chase the target, Sameen Gul (2-21) dismissed them both in successive deliveries to leave them reeling at 80 for four at halfway mark.

With Rilee Rossouw (8), Mahmudullah (19) and Thisara Perera (12) all struggling to get going, Quetta were left with 25 to get off the final over that was bowled by Dawson (0-52).

Anwar (28 not out) hit three sixes and a boundary in the first five deliveries, leaving them three to get off the final ball. However, in a thrilling climax, Anwar hit one to long-on which was dropped by Umaid Asif, though he recovered and had Mir Hamza (0) run out at the other end, avoiding the game to head into a Super Over.

Earlier, Peshawar's innings was rocketed by a four-wicket haul from Rahat Ali (4-16) but Dawson (62) played a majestic 35-ball knock that had six boundaries and four sixes to help them recover a bit and post 157 in the 20 overs.

Hasan was named the player of the match for his splendid bowling both with the new ball and at the end.

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