Islamabad United Secures a Six-Wicket Win over Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 8
On Thursday, Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in the 12th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi. Here’s a breakdown of the match:
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Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s Explosive Innings
Islamabad United’s opener, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, smashed a quick-fire fifty to give his team a strong start despite losing Colin Munro for just nine runs. The right-handed batsman charged against the Zalmi bowlers and brought up his half-century in just 24 deliveries, hitting seven boundaries and four sixes. Gurbaz eventually fell in the ninth over after scoring a quickfire 61 runs. However, his electrifying innings set the tone for United’s victory.
Rassie van der Dussen’s Brief but Critical Partnerships
Before being dismissed in the 13th over, Rassie van der Dussen had brief but critical partnerships with Shadab Khan (3) and Asif Ali. In just 29 balls, he scored 42 runs while launching six boundaries. United easily cruised to a six-wicket victory with 31 balls to spare despite having just 157 to chase. For Zalmi, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal, and James Neesham could pick up a wicket.
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Batting first, the Zalmi could only manage 156/8 in 20 overs despite a valiant 75-run inning from their captain Babar Azam and a quick-fire 41 from Mohammad Haris. The team got off to a fast start against the United thanks to the opening pair of Zalmi, who added 76 runs in just seven overs until Shadab got the breakthrough by getting rid of Haris with the penultimate delivery. Haris scored quickfire 41 runs off just 20 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and a six. Hasan led the bowling attack for the United with 3/35 while Shadab, Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf, and Mubasir made one scalp each.
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