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Shahid Afridi powers Peshawar Zalmi to thrilling victory in low-scoring encounter

Shahid Afridi played a brilliant knock under pressure
Shahid Afridi played a brilliant knock under pressure
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Peshawar Zalmi 130-8 (Afridi 45no) beat
Quetta Gladiators 128 (Pietersen 41) by two wickets
19th match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Shahid Afridi slammed 45 runs off just 23 deliveries as Peshawar Zalmi overhauled Quetta Gladiators' total of 128 in the final over with two wickets in hand in the Pakistan Super League encounter in Dubai.

Darren Sammy won the toss and invited Quetta Gladiators to bat first. Quetta Gladiators lost both their openers, Asad Shafiq (3) and Ahmed Shehzad (0) early to Mohammad Asghar (3-33).

Useful knocks from Kevin Pietersen (41), Rilee Rossouw (38) and Mohammad Nawaz (18) laid some foundation for Quetta Gladiators as they neared the 100-run mark in the 15th over.

In the final five overs, Quetta Gladiators collapsed by losing six wickets and scoring just 30 runs as they were dismissed for 128 in the 20 overs with Asghar being the pick of the Peshawar bowlers while Wahab Riaz (2-17) and Hasan Ali (2-22) picked two wickets apiece.

Despite, Kamran Akmal (26) and Mohammad Hafeez (22) showing some fight, Peshawar Zalmi slipped to 89 for seven in the chase with Tymal Mills (3-20) and Mahmudullah (3-31) picking three wickets apiece.

Afridi (45 not out) waged a lone fight and continued scoring the boundaries as the target was down to 18 balls off the final 12 balls.

Despite, losing Riaz (1), Hasan (8 not out) eased the pressure a bit with two boundaries in the penultimate over following which Afridi scored back-to-back boundaries in the first two balls of the final over to seal a two-wicket win.

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