PSL has been too overwhelming for us. Especially games during the night that contain a frenzy of substance to enthrall our spirits.
After a long working day, you get home in order to relax, calm down and relieve the exhaustion built up by the long haul of the day. But then PSL awaits you to tantalize your emotions, set apart the exhaustion in you and push you on the run for an excitement, enthralling and a swamping of nail-biting moments cricket match.
Last night’s match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators was all the more exciting. It put us through a mind-boggling test of patience. Many enchanting moments followed nerve-wrecking minutes that not only hung the consequence of the match on a cliffhanger but our spirits as well.
Let us round-up the moments that made Peshawar Zalmi versus Quetta Gladiators a special one.
If you have seen the best of Ahmed Shehzad before, you are wrong. Last night, Shehzad was at his best! Luke Wright and Ahmed Shehzad opened for Quetta as they batted. Wright was shortly dismissed and all eyes were on Shehzad.
As expected by many people due to the recent decline in Shehzad’s form, he would also see the pavilion early. But my word, what a way to answer the critics by Ahmed Shehzad! Sixers began raining, runs rapidly accumulated and Peshawar Zalmi were trembling with pressure. He made sure he made every chance to hit a boundary count. Quick, witty shots that Zalmi failed to overcome all through in their bowling to Shehzad were absolutely a treat for any sports fan.
Very rare that you get to say it but stunning innings from Ahmed Shehzad.
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) February 28, 2017
Ahmed Shehzad was named Man of the Match after Quetta Gladiators notched the victory over Zalmi.
Kevin Pietersen’s punishment to Wahab Riaz
5.5 SIX! Wahab Riaz to Kevin Pietersen
watch https://t.co/fVtVzeKfHP#PZvQG #HBLPSL #AbKhelJamayGa pic.twitter.com/B3WjEV1VJp
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 28, 2017
If you thought PSL would be just another retirement league like all the rest for senior and foreign players, you are absolutely wrong! The likes of Kevin Pietersen is what makes PSL super amazing. KP is a world class player and always fires up against the opposition when he’s in the mood.
Last night, Pietersen was in the mood and he put forward a formidable thrashing of Zalmi.
Talk about the infamous incident with Wahab Riaz where Wahab threw the ball in a direct hit to the wicket and Pietersen came in the way. Pietersen was not happy about it and Wahab did not humble down either.
You gon throw the ball on my leg? I gon throw the ball out the ground. bitch. -Kevin Pietersen to Wahab Riaz. #HBLPSL #PSL2017 #qgvpz
— Maryam Hussain (@MaryamHussain88) February 28, 2017
Kevin Pietersen riled by aggressive pace bowler Wahab Riaz smashed him out of the stadium for a monstrous six. Riaz got a lesson.
— Ram (@ram574) March 1, 2017
In retaliation, Pietersen swung his bat with all the power he could curb and shot the ball way beyond the boundary. His six was the biggest of the tournament – 101 meters.
Tymal Mills ke bhund
Although, Quetta gave a concrete score to Zalmi of 201 runs to chase. Zalmi fought through and a few mistakes by Quetta-bowlers paved the way for him.
Tymal Mills, last night, this man just could not bowl in line. He timely gave wide balls, adding extra runs to the Zalmi total. All the normal balls he bowled, he was beaten up with boundaries. Quetta’s hopes were slithering away down the slope every time Tymal Mills was punished by boundaries.
“What would you say on such an expensive over you gave?”
Tymal Mills: pic.twitter.com/ZP4qGPWhqq
— Moochar (@AsliBinLaden) February 28, 2017
Hafeez’s match winning performance
Kal raat, Professor Hafeez Harvard ke professor banay huay thay!
Indeed, Mohammad Hafeez was world class last night. Where Pietersen and Shehzad gave match winning performances for Gladiators, Hafeez finished a race apart and sent the ball in court for Zalmi.
No idea what went up with Hafeez that he punished Quetta with boundaries after boundaries, making it all look like a piece of cake. Hafeez managed to score 77 runs off 38 balls. His partnership with David Malan was a nightmare for Quetta as Gladiators kept toiling to dismiss either of them. Hell broke loose when both stuck on the pitch and were in no mood to play it safe.
All those times I was cursing Hafeez and now I am silently praying he stays thora aur and plays thora aur and so that we win. #Zalmi
— Fatima Jamal (@FatimaSTermizi) February 28, 2017
Shahid Afridi’s – glimpses of the glory days
In the most surprising turn of events, Shahid Afridi has been the most reliable in stealing victory during the dying moments of the match. Afridi, cool and comfortable, scored huge sixes to keep the game alive after a rapid dismissal of Zalmi batsmen.
“Love him hate him but you can’t ignore him,” fits so bloody perfectly on Afridi.
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) February 28, 2017
Afridi’s persistence has come through in the last 3 games he’s played. He clearly scored boundaries when they were summoned. Be it a Zalmi fan or not, everyone was elated by the great innings of Shahid Afridi; it was like the glory days were back.
Mohammad Nawaz nerve-wrecking last over that changed everything
Yes, Hafeez scored boundaries, so did Afridi and Zalmi were getting closer to victory by every ball. The margin of runs and balls required for Peshawar to win it drastically reduced and in all sorts of anticipation, they looked like they were going to win it.
A full house at Sharjah revved up the drama of this thriller!picking Nawaz a spinner to bowl the last over with a wet ball took some guts ????????
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) February 28, 2017
But then Nawaz came!
Last over of the match: Zalmi needed 7 runs off 6 balls. They had wickets in hand and nevertheless Afridi getting dismissed, Darren Sammy still remained on the pitch.
It didn’t look like they would bottle it. It didn’t look like they would give it away easily either. But Zalmi remotely bottled it, courtesy of Mohammad Nawaz.
Crazy but brilliant last over by Mohammad Nawaz:
3 wickets#PSL2017 #PZvQG
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 28, 2017
Nawaz managed to dismiss 3 batsmen in his last over which was the major twist of the game. Pressure surged and the batsmen to come were nervous. He intimidated them, bullied them with his formidable deliveries and eventually made them miss most of the deliveries in his over. It came down 2 runs off 3 balls. He took a wicket! Then 1 runs off 2 balls, he took another. It came down to just 1 run required from the last delivery that Nawaz bowled superbly and managed to dismiss the batsmen.
Quetta were victories and we breathe a sigh of relief because no matter who were you supporting, your nerves were on the loose.
Great battle by Zalmi though and all the great luck to them for facing the winner of tonight’s game between Karachi Kings and Islamabad United!