Tamim Iqbal secures comfortable win for Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi 153-3 (Iqbal 80no) beat
Islamabad United 152-6 (Latif 59) by seven wickets
13th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
Peshawar Zalmi continued their winning run in the Pakistan Super League after comfortably chasing down 153 against the Islamabad United in the 13th game with the help of an unbeaten 80 from Tamim Iqbal.
Earlier, Peshawar won the toss and elected to field first. Despite losing Shane Watson (19) in the fifth over, Sharjeel Khan (28) went berserk after Shahid Afridi (0-38) scoring 18 runs off the eighth over.
However, Khan fell in the final delivery of the 10th over to Shaun Tait (1-18). Islamabad were 73 for two at that stage.
Khalid Latif (59) added 57 runs for the third wicket with Misbah ul Haq (32) to take Islamabad to 130 for two in the 17th over. Misbah was severe on Afridi smashing him for 16 runs in the 14th over.
Latif reached his fifty off 35 deliveries but Islamabad kept losing wickets at regular intervals and was restricted to 152 for six in the 20 overs.
In the chase it was Mohammad Hafeez (25) who got the Peshawar Zalmi to a flying start after struck four boundaries and a six in the first four overs. However, his knock seemed to be a short lived one after Mohammad Sami (1-25) had him caught at long on.
It was in the eighth over, Iqbal (80 not out) upped the ante scoring back to back sixes off Saeed Ajmal (1-44). Iqbal's fifty came in 36 deliveries.
Even though Islamabad managed to pick Jim Allenby (7) and Kamran Akmal (10), Iqbal ensured Peshawar reached the target in 18.3 overs. He was also awarded with the man of the match award.
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