Islamabad United eliminated Peshawar Zalmi from PSL-7

 Islamabad United chased down the target of 170 runs at the loss of 5 wickets set by Peshawar Zalmi

Islamabad United eliminated Peshawar Zalmi from PSL-7 in the 1st eliminator. Islamabad defeated Zalmi by 5 wickets as it chased down the target of 170 runs in the 20th 0ver.   The United will now clash with Lahore Qalandars in eliminator 2 tomorrow (Friday) and the winner of the match will face Multan Sultans in the final.

In the last over, United required 10 runs, and Azam Khan got out on the first ball, after that, Liam Dawson finished the thrilling clash with ease as he smacked a six and four on the next two balls.

Alex Hales scored 62 runs on his return and he kept the run-chase intact and played according to the situation. United was cruising at one stage with Hales looking well set, but it was Salman Irshad's two wickets that brought Zalmi back into the game.

He removed Hales with a brilliant Yorker and took the wicket of dangerous-looking Shadab Khan for 22 runs and Asif Ali, who was on seven.

Azam Khan who scored 28 runs with two sixes and Faheem Ashraf who notched 19 with two maximums brought United closer. But in the last over when 10 runs were required, Azam got out on the wrong time, but Liam Dawson finished the game with hits.

In terms of bowling, Wahab Riaz was taken to the cleaners as he conceded 52 runs in four overs, while Salman registered figures of 3-31.

Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi scored 169 runs for the loss of five wickets.

The United bowlers kept things tight as Zalmi batters didn't score runs quickly, as they lost in-form opener Mohammad Haris for 12 runs by Faheem Ashraf.

Opener Kamran Akmal continued to carve out runs, while Yasir Khan was also removed for eight runs. Karman got out for 58 runs by United skipper Shadab Khan with Zalmi's score of 98 runs on the board.

Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat forged a crucial 56 runs stand to take Zalmi to the 150 run mark. Hussain scored 28 runs, while Malik scored 55.

For United, Hasan Ali took three wickets for 30 runs in four overs, while Shadab and Faheem picked one.

                                                                             Sports Desk

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