SHARJAH - Tamim Iqbal’s 80 off 58 deliveries lead Peshawar Zalmi’s reply as they beat Islamabad United by seven wickets in front of a capacity crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. The Bangladesh international smashed six fours and three sixes and was declared the Man of the Match. Iqbal partnered with Shahid Yousuf (24) to establish a match-winning 60-run stand for the fourth wicket . M Hafeez also chipped with 25 off 14 balls to help his side with a good opening stand. Despite losing Jim Allenby (seven) and Kamran Akmal (10) early in the innings, Zalmi didn’t panic and kept the required rate under check.
Earlier, Khalid Latif top scored 59 to help Islamabad United post 152-6 in the 13th Pakistan Super League match. Latif was accompanied by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (32) to establish a solid 57-run stand for the third wicket . United’s openers Shane Watson (19) and Sharjeel Khan (28) provided their team with a good start. But rest of the batters, coming down the order, failed to capitalise on the momentum set by Latif and Misbah. Zalmi captain Shahid Afridi had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both Wahab Riaz and M Asghar took two wickets, whereas Shaun Tait and Junaid Khan claimed a wicket each. Zalmi , coming off the back of a tense win against Karachi Kings on Thursday, hoped there are no last-minute scares as they look to maintain their dominant run of form. Junaid Khan and Jim Allenby came in for Peshawar while United brought in Mohammad Sami for the tall paceman Mohammad Irfan.

Scoreboard

ISLAMABAD UNITED :
S Watson b Asghar 19
Sharjeel Khan c Afridi b Tait 28
Khalid Latif c Tamim b Wahab 59
Misbah-ul-Haq c Afridi b Wahab 32
A Russell c Sammy b Asghar 2
B Haddin not out 2
Asif Ali lbw b Junaid 0
M Sami not out 3
EXTRAS: (b1, lb4, w2) 7
TOTAL: (6 wkts; 20 overs) 152
FOW: 1-27, 2-73, 3-130, 4-135, 5-146, 6-146
BOWLING: S Tait 4-1-18-1, Junaid Khan 4-0-30-1, M Asghar 4-0-25-2, Wahab Riaz 4-0-24-2, Shahid Afridi 3-0-38-0, D Sammy 1-0-12-0
PESHAWAR ZALMI :
Tamim Iqbal not out 80
M Hafeez c Misbah b Sami 25
J Allenby c Sami b Badree 7
Kamran Akmal st Haddin b Ajmal 10
Shahid Yousuf not out 27
EXTRAS: (lb1, w2, nb1) 4
TOTAL: (3 wkts; 18.3 overs) 153
FOW: 1-36, 2-63, 3-93
BOWLING: A Russell 2-0-20-0, M Sami 4-0-25-1, Rumman Raees 3.3-0-35-0, Saeed Ajmal 4-0-44-1, S Badree 4-0-23-1, S Watson 1-0-5-0
TOSS: Peshawar Zalmi
UMPIRES: Rashid Riaz (Pak), Shozab Raza (Pak)
TV UMPIRE: Aleem Dar (Pak)
MATCH REFEREE: M Anees (Pak)

PSL Point Table

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts
Zalmi 5 4 1 0 0 8
Gladiators 5 4 1 0 0 8
Kings 5 2 3 0 0 4
United 6 2 4 0 0 4
Qalandars 5 1 4 0 0 2