As the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 is starting next month, we thought that it would be nice to re-gather some memories from the previous editions of the tournament.
In the PSL 2019, Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United were up against each other in the 21st match of the tournament. Peshawar Zalmi Captain Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to put Islamabad United into bat.
The decision of bowling first perhaps backfired for Peshawar Zalmi as their bowlers were taken to the cleaners in the first six overs by Cameron Delport. Delport went on to score 71 off just 55 balls with 8 fours and a six. Chadwick Walton of West Indies and Phillip Salt of England also contributed with handy cameos.
Asif Ali scored a quick-fire 23 off just 13 balls with two sixes and a four. Islamabad United finished their innings at 176 off their 20 overs. Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Zalmi as he took 2 wickets for just 24 runs in his 4 overs.
Ibtisam Sheikh and Wahab Riaz also took 2 wickets each for Peshawar Zalmi. In reply, the Peshawar Zalmi had a flying start as both Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher took full advantage of the power-play in the early overs. However, Islamabad United bowlers fought back and both the openers went in quick succession.
After being restricted to 71-4, Liam Dawson and Captain Darren Sammy started the rebuilding process and they formed a significant partnership between them to bring Peshawar Zalmi back in the game. Liam Dawson smacked some wonderful shots down the ground and Darren Sammy was also at his best.
The English all-rounder was not only scoring boundaries at a rapid pace but also he was taking singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking. Dawson reached his half-century in just 35 balls with the help of three sixes and three fours.
On the other hand, Darren Sammy also scored a quick-fire 40 off just 29 balls before he was run out by Mohammad Sami in the last over. Sammy smacked 2 fours and 2 sixes in his innings to give his team a chance in the important encounter.
10 runs were needed on the last three balls for Peshawar Zalmi to clinch the victory and Darren Sammy hammered the opposition captain Mohammad Sami for a straight six to bring down the equation to 4 runs off the last 2 balls.
Sami tried the wide Yorker on the next delivery and Sammy missed it completely, Dawson was trying to squeeze a single but Sammy was found short of the crease at the non-striker’s end.
It was all down to the last ball and Liam Dawson on his birthday needed to score a boundary off the last ball to secure a memorable victory for Peshawar Zalmi. Sami bowled a fast and straight delivery but Dawson was ready to smack it over his head for a straight four.
Darren Sammy and Peshawar Zalmi players were jumping in the dressing room and Liam Dawson scored that boundary off the last ball giving Peshawar Zalmi one of the best victories of the season. It was a memorable match indeed as the atmosphere of the ground was lit up by the unbelievable performances from the players of either side.