Quetta Gladiators maintain winning streak with thrilling win
Quetta Gladiators 139-7 (Pietersen 35) beat
Peshawar Zalmi 135-7 (Sammy 48) by three wickets
Seventh match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai
Quetta Gladiators held their nerve to chase down 136 in the penultimate delivery with three wickets in hand against Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai to register their third consecutive win in the Pakistan Super League.
After inserting Peshawar Zalmi into bat first, Mohammad Nawaz (3-29) struck twice in the fifth over to dismiss Tamim Iqbal (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (10).
Umar Gul (2-19) further dented the Zalmi batting lineup as he removed Dawid Malan (18) and Shahid Afridi (0) to restrict them to 59 for five.
Darren Sammy (48) rescued Zalmi with a 57-run stand with Shahid Yousuf (21).
Sammy struck four sixes during his 31-ball knock to ensure Peshawar Zalmi ended the innings at 135 for seven. Nawaz and Gul were the pick of the Quetta Gladiators bowlers as they shared five wickets between them.
After a brief 35-run stand, Quetta Gladiators lost both their openers following which Sarfraz Ahmed (21) added 38 runs with Kevin Pietersen (35).
Just when Quetta Gladiators seemed to have the control, Afridi (2-17) and Wahab Riaz (2-19) struck in tandem to bring them down to 96 for five.
Pietersen kept Quetta Gladiators in the hunt to bring down the target to 20 from the final 18 deliveries but Junaid Khan (1-29) had him caught at cover.
Despite stretching the game to the penultimate delivery, Anwar Ali (10 not out) along with Elton Chigumbura (7 not out) ensured a three-wicket win for the Quetta Gladiators.
Nawaz was named the man of the match for his three-wicket haul.
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