Tamim iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan starts there Pakistan Super League (PSL) campaign against Bangladeshi mate Mahmudullah’s Quetta Gladiators on a rain hit match Sharjah in UAE.
Tiger opener Tamim iqbal played unbeatable innings of 62 runs of 46 balls while hit Peshawar Zalmi managed to score 117 runs in 16 overs.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and, as has been the theme of the tournament, put Peshawar Zalmi in to bat. There were no less than three weather interruptions in Peshawar’s innings, which saw Tamim Iqbal bat through, finishing unbeaten on 62 off 46 balls.
It was a pitch more reminiscent of the fifth day of a sub-continental Test match; the ball spat off the surface, and anyone who could turn their arm over was thrust into the attack. Case in point: Rilee Rossouw bowled for the first time in T20 cricket, and had Eoin Morgan caught at first slip off his very first ball.
Sarfraz Ahmed appeared to have read the surface right, and left-arm spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Mohammad Nawaz were asked to open the bowling.
Peshawar made a bright start, before Hafeez holed out attempting to clear cow corner in the sixth over off Mahmudullah – one of three Bangladesh players arriving after the one-off Test in India. Kamran Akmal fell without scoring, before Rossouw snared Morgan as Peshawar lost three wickets for one run, and threatened to come unstuck.
Peshawar Zalmi team
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, EJG Morgan, Sohaib Maqsood, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi,
DJG Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
Quetta Gladiators team
Ahmed Shehzad, NLTC Perera, KP Pietersen, RR Rossouw, Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Mahmudullah, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Anwar Ali, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar