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Peshawar Zalmi Beats Multan Sultans by 5 Runs

Peshawar Zalmi Beats Multan Sultans by 5 Runs.

Zalmi Stun Sultans in Last-Ball Thriller! Peshawar Secures Narrow Victory in PSL 9 Clash

The Multan Cricket Ground witnessed a nail-biting PSL 9 encounter on Friday, as Peshawar Zalmi pulled off a thrilling 5-run victory over Multan Sultans.

The high-stakes match kept fans glued to their seats until the very last ball, delivering a rollercoaster of emotions and solidifying Zalmi’s position as a strong contender in the tournament.

Sultans Take the Initiative:

Multan Sultans, batting first, capitalized on a solid opening partnership between Rizwan and Shan Masood. Babar Azam’s late cameo of 30 runs further propelled them to a competitive total of 174 runs.

Zalmi Fight Back Fiercely:

Peshawar Zalmi’s chase saw early hiccups, losing key batsmen cheaply. However, a crucial middle-order partnership between Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik reignited the chase. Ihsanullah’s late flurry of sixes kept Zalmi in the hunt, setting the stage for an electrifying finish.

Last-Ball Drama:

With 11 runs needed off the final over, all eyes were on Sultans’ big-hitter Iftikhar Ahmed. He blasted two boundaries off the first balls, raising hopes of a dramatic win. However, Naveen-ul-Haq held his nerve, conceding only singles and a leg bye before dismissing Ahmed on the final ball, sparking jubilation in the Zalmi camp.

Key Players Shine:

  • Ihsanullah (Zalmi): His late cameo of 29 runs off 12 balls, including three sixes, kept Zalmi in the game.
  • Naveen-ul-Haq (Zalmi): Bowled a crucial last over, conceding only 5 runs and taking the decisive wicket of Ahmed.
  • Rauf (Sultans): Picked up 3 crucial wickets for Multan, putting pressure on Zalmi’s chase.

Impact on the Tournament:

This victory is a significant boost for Zalmi, lifting them up the points table and showcasing their fighting spirit. For Sultans, it’s a setback but serves as a wake-up call for the remainder of the tournament.

Beyond the Scores:

The match offered a thrilling display of cricketing prowess, showcasing last-ball drama, exceptional individual performances, and unwavering team spirit. It’s moments like these that truly capture the essence of T20 cricket and leave fans wanting more.

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