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3rd Qualifying Final, Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, 23rd Match, 21st February, 2016:
- Updated: February 21, 2016
Here was a very important match of the tournament. One team would go to Final and other home. Peshawar Zalmi was looser of 1st playoff and Islamabad United had won the 2nd qualifying final. Good crowd were in to watch the match. Peshawar won the toss and choose to field first. Hasan Ali opened the bowling from Peshawar. Islamabad started with confidence and Sharjeel khan hitting boundary on the third ball of the match. He hit two 4s in third over. Both batsmen kept strike rotated and had managed to be there at the crease. But in 9th over Sharjeel showed he was there to score big today by scoring two 6s and a 4 of Asghar. In next over Sharjeel again hit Shahid Aridi for a six in 2nd ball and a four next ball.
He continued playing and not just hit the ball but time it to perfection. He kept scored 4 on Wahab and 13 runs in 12th over bowled by Sammy. Tait removed first wicket of United at the score of 108 and got 2nd on the next ball. But Sharjeel khan kept on hitting and scored another 6 and 4 in the same over of Tait. He scored first PSL 100 in 16th over in style by hitting a straight six to Shahid Afridi. Khalid latif was on other end who scored 28 runs while hitting three 4s but it was all Sharjeel khan show who scored 117 in just 62 balls at the strike rate of 188.70 while hitting twelve 4s and eight 6s.
Peshawar also started the inning confidently. Kamran Akmal thrashed Irfan three 4s in third over. But West Indian spinner badree got out Malan in next over. In 7th over Kamran hit Badree for a 6 and 4 in 7th over to Andre Russell. Imran khalid conceded a 6 by same batsman before turning the game to Islamabad way. He got the wicket of Hafeez in 9th over of the innings and in 11th over wicket of Akmal who scored 45 runs in 32 balls. At that point, Peshawar was 68 on the loss of 3 wickets. But Islamabad came hard after that and dried up the runs besides taking wickets. Imran Khalid in his thirs over picked Hodge and Sammy, both men who can struck the ball very hard. Shahid Afridi came in but wickets kept falling on the other end.
Shahid Yousuf and Wahab Riaz fell to Ruseel and Irfan by the 16th over and score ony 104 runs while 7 wickers had fallen. Mohammad Sami who had taken 5 wickets other day came good in this match too, he stroke in his third over and removed Hasan Ali on 1. This was high time for Afridi to do some heroics if Islamabad had wanted to win. And he came to life with a six, four and again a 6 in 18th over to Russell before getting out on 4th ball of the over. In the same over Russel bowled out Asghar to take his team, Islamabad United, to the 1st PSL final.
Sharjeel Khan was given man of the match for his wonderful hundred. He agreed it was a dream inning for him and that he want to score first hundred in PSL. Misbah give credit to the boys for the team work and coming good at the right time. He expressed he had many option in bowling. While Shahid Afridi, Peshawar Zalmi captain, said Sharjeel taken the game away. He acknowledge the crowd’s support and had promised to come good in next season.