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PSL 9: In a historic showdown today at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium of Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad achieved a breakthrough victory over Peshawar Zalmi in a thrilling PSL encounter. The match witnessed an exhilarating battle between bat and ball as Islamabad United posted a challenging total of 196/4, propelled by a stunning 80-run knock from captain Shadab Khan.

Despite Aamer Jamal’s spirited 87-run innings, Peshawar Zalmi’s efforts fell short as they could only manage 167/9 in response. Islamabad United’s disciplined bowling, led by Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan, proved pivotal in securing their maiden victory over Peshawar Zalmi, marking a significant milestone in the PSL history.

Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, PSL9, Match 20

Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Match Summary Image, Match 20, PSL 9

Islamabad United Dominates, Peshawar Zalmi Falters in Exciting PSL 9 Clash

In a thrilling encounter of Pakistan Super League season 9, Islamabad United emerged victorious against Peshawar Zalmi, showcasing an exceptional display of cricketing prowess. The match, held at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, witnessed Islamabad United setting a formidable target of 196 runs, only for Peshawar Zalmi’s valiant efforts falling short as they managed to score 167/9 in their 20 overs.

Peshawar Zalmi Batting

Saim Ayub150020.00
Babar Azam (c)01000.00
Mohammad Haris †140025.00
Tom Kohler-Cadmore12142085.71
Paul Walter332950113.79
Rovman Powell03000.00
Aamer Jamal874986177.55
Luke Wood230066.66
Mohammad Zeeshan01000.00
Arif Yaqoob9*701128.57
Salman Irshad3*40075.00

Fall of wickets:
1-1 (Babar Azam, 0.4 ov),
2-1 (Saim Ayub, 0.6 ov),
3-3 (Mohammad Haris, 3.1 ov),
4-18 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore, 5.1 ov),
5-18 (Rovman Powell, 5.4 ov),
6-125 (Paul Walter, 15.6 ov),
7-152 (Aamer Jamal, 17.5 ov),
8-152 (Mohammad Zeeshan, 17.6 ov),
9-152 (Luke Wood, 18.1 ov)

Islamabad United Bowling

Naseem Shah412616.50134010
Rumman Raees402827.00152220
Faheem Ashraf3031010.3333110
Hunain Shah412526.25143010
Shadab Khan4041310.25112410
Imad Wasim10707.0021000

Peshawar Zalmi’s Struggle

Facing a challenging chase, Peshawar Zalmi found themselves reeling at the start with early dismissals of their key players. Naseem Shah’s fiery spell claimed the wickets of Babar Azam and Saim Ayub in the very first over, setting the tone for Islamabad United’s dominance. Despite a commendable half-century by Aamer Jamal, who played an exhilarating knock of 87 runs off just 49 balls, Peshawar Zalmi faltered in their pursuit.

Aamer Jamal’s Heroics in Vain

Aamer Jamal’s innings was indeed the highlight of Peshawar Zalmi’s innings, marked by his aggressive strokeplay and impeccable timing. His fifty came off a mere 27 deliveries, comprising of 5 fours and 3 sixes, showcasing his ability to take on the opposition bowlers. However, despite his valiant efforts, the lack of substantial partnerships and the fall of wickets at crucial junctures hindered Peshawar Zalmi’s chase.

Islamabad United’s Bowling Brilliance

The bowling department of Islamabad United exhibited commendable skill and precision, led by Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan. Raees claimed two crucial wickets, while Shadab Khan’s spell proved to be decisive, dismissing three key batsmen including the well-set Aamer Jamal. Faheem Ashraf and Hunain Shah also contributed with disciplined bowling performances, restricting Peshawar Zalmi’s scoring opportunities.

Clinical Fielding and Captaincy by Shadab Khan

The fielding prowess of Islamabad United complemented their bowling efforts, with crucial catches and run-out opportunities being converted into wickets. Imad Wasim’s strategic captaincy further bolstered the team’s morale, ensuring timely bowling changes and field placements to keep the pressure on Peshawar Zalmi batsmen throughout the innings.

Peshawar Zalmi’s Clinical Display in the Field Restricts Islamabad United to 196/4

In the electrifying match 20 of PSL 9, Peshawar Zalmi demonstrated their prowess by putting up an exemplary display on the field, restricting Islamabad United to 196/4 in their allotted 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to field first.

Islamabad United Batting

Alex Hales01000.00
Colin Munro15911166.66
Agha Salman372542148.00
Shadab Khan (c)805146156.86
Jordan Cox26*2021130.00
Azam Khan †29*1441207.14

Did not bat: Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hunain Shah, Naseem Shah, Rumman Raees

Fall of wickets:
1-0 (Alex Hales, 0.1 ov),
2-28 (Colin Munro, 2.6 ov),
3-93 (Agha Salman, 10.2 ov),
4-161 (Shadab Khan, 16.5 ov)

Peshawar Zalmi Bowling

Saim Ayub201527.5071110
Luke Wood403418.5074100
Mohammad Zeeshan302608.6661200
Aamer Jamal3035011.6681410
Arif Yaqoob3032010.6663200
Paul Walter1010010.0020100
Salman Irshad403719.2565000
Source: espncricinfo

Saim Ayub’s Stunning Start

The match kicked off with an unexpected twist as Saim Ayub, opening the bowling for Peshawar Zalmi, delivered a masterclass, claiming the wicket of the dangerous Alex Hales off the very first delivery. Hales was left stunned as Ayub’s carom ball disturbed the middle stump, setting the tone for Zalmi’s disciplined bowling effort.

Despite the early setback, Islamabad United showcased resilience with Agha Salman and Colin Munro steadying the ship, before Ayub struck again, dismissing Munro with a cleverly disguised delivery. Munro’s attempt to capitalize on the width provided by Ayub ended in the safe hands of Babar Azam, leaving United at 28/2.

Salman Irshad joined the party for Zalmi, claiming the crucial wicket of Agha Salman, who departed after a promising 37-run knock, caught behind by Mohammad Haris. At 93/3, United found themselves in a precarious position.

However, Islamabad United skipper Shadab Khan emerged as the savior for his team, anchoring the innings with a scintillating display of power hitting. Khan’s aggressive approach propelled United’s innings forward as he notched up a brilliant half-century off 34 balls, supported by Jordan Cox and Azam Khan, who contributed with valuable cameos towards the end.

Despite Khan’s heroics, Peshawar Zalmi’s bowlers managed to keep a check on the scoring rate, with Luke Wood, Mohammad Zeeshan, and Salman Irshad chipping in with crucial breakthroughs to prevent United from posting an imposing total.

Wood’s dismissal of Shadab Khan in the penultimate over provided Zalmi with a crucial breakthrough, as United finished their innings at 196/4. Shadab’s explosive 80 off 51 balls, embellished with four boundaries and six towering sixes, stood out as the highlight of Islamabad United’s innings.