On Tuesday, Quetta Gladiators faced against Peshwar Zalmi in the 1st qualifying final. That match was played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Neutral Venue).
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and DJG Sammy crashed to qualify for the Pakistan Super League final. Peshawar Zalmi captain DJG Sammy won the toss and elected to field first.
For Quetta Gladiator, Ahmed Shehzad and LJ Wright came to open. Shehzad Showed a blast innings with 71 runs from 38 balls (seven fours and four sixes).
After Wrights wicket, Pieterson and Shehzad made a 90 runs partnership for 42 balls. At the end of the first innings, Quetta Gladiators successfully reached to 200 with the seven-wicket loss. Shehzad was the only batsman to score up 50 runs.
At the reply innings, Peshawar Zalmi responded very well. But due to three quick fall of wickets (CJ Jordan – 0, Wahab Riaz – 0, Hasan Ali – 0), Peshwar Zalmi lost that match by one run.
With that win, Quetta Gladiators step ahead in the series.
Player of the match:
Ahmed Shehzad (Quetta Gladiator) selected for the Man of the Match.
At the presentation Event:
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, “”Credit to the whole team for this victory, there was massive dew. I just told Nawaz, this is your time to become a hero.”
“All credit to him too, to bowl the yorkers in such difficult conditions. Shehzad’s batting was really good, gave us all the momentum. We knew we could defend 200. The belief was strong and we are into our second PSL final. Lots of tension, lots of pressure, and we’re thankful for coming through and we’re very happy. Thanks to the crowd for supporting both teams, even if they did support Peshawar more,” he added.
Zalmi Captain, Sammy said, “It’s a repeat of last year.”
“I thought we did well to restrict them to 200 after the start they had. To bowl the last 10 overs for 70 runs, that was a good comeback. And then losing two quick wickets, the way Hafeez and Malan batted and Shahid in the end… I suppose cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.”
“First ball I thought I should finish the game, so I refused the single, but I backed the guys. Hasan, Wahab have all got runs for us. But the cricket Gods thought otherwise. We did everything to get ourselves into the finals. I guess mentally we have to be strong to come back against whoever we face. When you get so close and you lose, it’s always difficult [mentally],” he added.