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Terrific Sammy guides Peshawar Zalmi to last-over victory

Darren Sammy led from the front for Peshawar Zalmi
Darren Sammy led from the front for Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi 143-5 (Tamim 36) beat
Quetta Gladiators 141-8 (Watson 47) by five wickets
10th game, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

After claiming two wickets, Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 16 off just four deliveries despite a knee injury to help Peshawar Zalmi pull out an incredible last over chase of 142 runs in the 10th game of the Pakistan Super League against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah.

Chasing just over seven an over, Tamim Iqbal (36) and Kamran Akmal (10) got the team off to a blistering start of 23 runs in the first three overs before Shane Watson (1-16) had the latter caught at mid-off.

Things just got better for Peshawar with Dwayne Smith (23) plundering John Hastings (1-25) for three boundaries and a six in the final over of the powerplay to take the score to 47 for one. Though Hastings made a sensational comeback conceding just six runs in his next three overs and also claiming Mohammad Hafeez (29).

As Mohammad Nawaz (1-17) castled Smith, things were still in Peshawar control as they needed 48 to win off the final seven overs but Quetta bowlers showed late fightback as they conceded just 27 runs in the next four overs and in the process also had Sabbir Rahman (11) dismissed.

Sammy (16 not out) who hurt his knee while bowling and left the field came to bat with his team needing 16 off the final seven deliveries and he smashed two sixes and a boundary in the four deliveries he faced to complete the chase.

Earlier, Watson (47) gave a solid platform for the Quetta innings and was severe especially on the left-arm-spinners, hitting five sixes in it while Rilee Rossouw (37) too had a handy contribution but despite a solid start, Quetta couldn't make the second half of their innings count and were restricted to 141 for eight in the 20 overs.

Sammy (2-21), Wahab Riaz (2-16) and Umaid Asif (2-18) picked two wickets apiece for Peshawar Zalmi.

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