Peshawar Zalmi eliminates Islamabad United in PSL 2023 and gets their place in Eliminator 2. In eliminator 2, Zalmi will face Lahore Qalandars in the race of getting into the finals. Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi’s fast bowling made sure that the team remains in the competition of HBL PSL 8. Additionally, Babar got to make his fifth 50 of this HBL PSL 8. And the people got to know about the capabilities of Aamer Jamal and Salman Irshad.
Islamabad United Won the toss and elected to field first. Most of the commentators did not like the decision of Shadab. Because the pitch was set for batters to hit boundaries.
Zalmi only got to make up 183 runs in their 20 overs of batting. However, it sure looked like a 20-run short. Because of Islamabad’s long-lasting batting lineup. Especially, when Azam Khan was back to play for Islamabad United. Islamabad performed really well before the 14 overs of their inning but got really slow after that.
Wicket start to fall and the partnership of Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood broke. It led them straight into the dark pit of despair. Aamer Jamal and Salman Irshad defended their target by making sure that Islamabad do not get a hold of it. Aamer and Salman each got two wickets. Aamer dismissed Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood. Whereas, Salman sent Azam Khan and Colin Munro back to the dugout early
Eliminator 1: Peshawar Zalmi eliminates Islamabad United
Peshawar Zalmi Highlights
Peshawar Zalmi started off batting impressively in the form of Babar Azam and Saim Ayub. Saim Ayub played a brief yet impactful inning of 23 runs from 16 balls only. Whereas, Babar Azam made his fifth half-century in this match.
Babar played quite impressively to put essential runs on the scoreboard. Haseebullah who came at number three for Peshawar Zalmi batting did not stick for long. As a result, Mohammad Hairs came to bat and started to shock the bowlers by hitting boundaries. Because it’s what he always does and he did the same in this match. Haris’ super inning included 3 fours and 2 sixes with a total of 34 runs from just 17 balls.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jimmy Neesham, and Azmatullah Omerzai tried to make runs. But Islamabad United’s bowlers backed into the game. Therefore, Peshawar Zalmi gave a 184-run target to Islamabad United for winning Eliminator 1.
Islamabad United Highlights
Islamabad United’s bowlers lost their grip on this match from the start. But Mohammad Wasim Jr.’s wicket of Saim Ayub was a big relief. Afterward, Babar did his thing and made them feel useless. But then Shadab Khan strikes and took Haseebullah out.
He took two wickets against Peshawar Zalmi in this struggle to get into the Eliminator 2. Shadab also took Babar out and sent him back to the dugout. Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hasan Ali, and Faheem Ashraf also got one wicket each.
In a thrilling encounter, Peshawar Zalmi emerges victorious, securing their spot in the next PSL stage by eliminating Islamabad United. With exceptional teamwork, strategic gameplay, and remarkable performances, Zalmi showcased their dominance. As the tournament progresses, the cricketing world eagerly anticipates more exhilarating clashes and memorable moments.