David Miller shines in Peshawar's emphatic win over Quetta in PSL

David Miller scores an attacking 73 as Peshawar Zalmi beats Quetta Gladiators by 61 runs in the Pakistan Super League.

Proteas batsman David Miller. - AKHILESH KUMAR

South Africa's David Miller smacked a robust half-century and led Peshawar Zalmi to an emphatic 61-run win over the depleted Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.

Left-handed Miller hit 73 off 46 balls and West Indian Rovman Powell provided an ideal flourish with a quickfire 43 off 19 balls to propel Peshawar to 197 for 5.

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Quetta skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed top-scored in the reply with 36, but his team lost wickets in clusters against the pace trio of Mohammad Irfan (3 for 27), Umaid Asif (2 for 17), and captain Wahab Riaz (2 for 20) to fall well short at 136 for 9. Five Quetta batsmen went for ducks.

For the second consecutive day, Quetta bowlers were battered by a left-hander after Islamabad United’s Colin Munro smacked 90 from 36 in 10 overs on Thursday and inflicted a 10-wicket defeat on Quetta.

Fruitful partnership

Quetta seemed to be in control when it restricted Peshawar to 67 for 2 by the halfway mark. But Miller and discarded Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal (59) dealt a counterpunch with a 125-run third-wicket partnership off 72 balls. Quetta, yet again, faltered and conceded 130 runs off the last 10 overs.

 

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (2 for 33), who picked up the early wickets of Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik, conceded 20 off his last over. Cameron Delport went for 25 off his solitary over, and legspinner Zahid Mahmood was pounded for 53 off his three wicketless overs.

Quetta's woes were compounded when key batsman Faf du Plessis collided with Mohammad Hasnain in the outfield and the South African was taken to the hospital for a precautionary checkup.

Peshawar moved to third on the table, while Quetta remained last.

Brief scores

Peshawar Zalmi 197 for 5 (Miller 73, Akmal 59, Powell 43) beat Quetta Gladiators 136 for 9 (Sarfaraz 36 n.o., Ayub 35, Irfan 3 for 27) by 61 runs.

 

Hasan Ali to miss the remainder of PSL

Islamabad United fast bowler Hasan Ali will miss the remainder of the Pakistan Super League because of family commitments.

“I want to say to all Islamabad United fans, unfortunately due to personal reasons I have to pull out of the remaining PSL matches,” Hasan was quoted as saying in Islamabad’s statement.

“Some things are more important than cricket and nothing is more important than family. I am thankful to Islamabad United for their support and understanding. This team truly is a family that stands with you through thick and thin. I wish the team very best of luck for the remaining PSL matches.”

Hasan has been the key bowler for Islamabad this season, grabbing 10 wickets in six games at an impressive average of 14.

Islamabad captain Shadab Khan said absence of Hasan will be a huge loss, but the franchise understood the fast bowler’s “situation right now.”

“He will obviously be a huge loss to our team and the tournament, but some things are more important than cricket. At Islamabad United we have always looked after each other like a family and we will continue to do so,” Khan said.

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