Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by 1 run, keep PSL final hopes alive: As it happened

Anwar Ali almost managed to score the required 25 runs off the last over but Peshawar Zalmi managed to pip Quetta Gladiators by 1 run to go through to the Eliminator 2 of the Pakistan Super League.

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Liam Dawson was saved the blushes as Anwar Ali is unable to get a hold of the last ball and that the long on fielder was quick to recollect himself and throw the ball back after dropping a catch. 25 runs were needed off that last over and Anwar managed to smash 22 runs off five balls. Peshawar kept it tight in the death overs with Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali both turning the screws on the Zalmi batsmen. Quetta Gladiators are hence knocked out but Lahore got more than what it wanted as far as world class cricket is concerned.

Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators, Match Highlights: 

  1. 11:59PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by 1 run

    What an incredible finish to the game! Anwar Ali dropped at long on but the throw comes back in and the batsmen are unable to finish the second run that would have took the game to a super over. Unbelievable!

  2. 11:55PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Incredible! Anwar Ali has now brought it down to 3 needed off the last ball

    4,6,0,6,6 and Anwar has turned the game on its head. Two needed for a super over, three to win the match,

  3. 11:52PM
    20 Mar, 18
    25 required off the last over

    Anwar Ali has taken off his helmet. It is all or nothing now. Liam Dawson is bowling, the first ball is a mishit but it goes for four behind as a limping Darren Sammy is unable to get to it. Sammy clearly in pain now and his staying on the field might not be of much help for his team at the moment.

  4. 11:49PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Wahab Riaz gets another

    Quetta facing defeat now, Hasan Khan nicks it to the keeper and Quetta simply don't have the kind of player in the middle who can get more than 20 runs in an over now. 

  5. 11:47PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Thisara Perrera dismissed

    Thisara Perera holes out at long on and Quetta in big trouble now. Wahab Riaz strikes, they now need 26 to win off 8 balls. 

  6. 11:38PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Into the last three overs now, Quetta need 30 to win

    That's the equation. It is a modern-day T20 international so 30 needed off 18 wouldn't be seen as too big a problem. But Quetta need to find a way to hold on to their wickets. Peshawar will be raining it in now, Hasan Alo bowling the 17th. 

  7. 11:27PM
    20 Mar, 18
    GONE! Roussow falls

    And another! Roussow looks to slash to the off side, never gets hold of it and it goes high up in the air, Hasan Ali remains calm and takes a good catch. Quetta Gladiators 117/6 need 41 from 25.  

  8. 11:24PM
    20 Mar, 18
    And they do get a wicket!

    Just as the pressure started building. Mahmudullah makes room for himself to hit this one back over the bowler's head and misses it completely, The movement beats him and the ball crashes on to the stumps. 

  9. 11:21PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Quetta Gladiators 112/4, need 46 to win off 30

    Mahmudullah and Roussow have slowly but steadily, ushered Quetta back into the game. It still remains a work in progress  but the pressure is back on Peshawar to get a wicket from somewhere.

  10. 11:08PM
    20 Mar, 18
    100 up for Quetta

    Mahmudullah and Roussow trying to steady the ship for Quetta after that twin strike. They still have the required run rate and so they are not taking too many risks, understandably. 

  11. 10:51PM
    20 Mar, 18
    No hat-trick but Quetta rattled, 80/4

    Rilee Roussow somehow fends off the final ball of the over and Sameen Gul is denied a hat-trick. But what an over this was. The one run that came off it was a wide ball. 

  12. 10:49PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Double strike for Zalmi here

    First, it was Mohammad Nawaz, who holed out to third man trying to hit it back over the bowler's head. And then the Pakistan skipper goes for a pull and gets a top edge which balloons up and the keeper takes. Sameen Gul on a hat-trick

  13. 10:30PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Live score

    A good show by Quetta Gladiators in the powerplay overs. They did lose early wickets but made a good comeback to put 49/2 in first 6. Sarfraz's side would look to build on the start they have got.

  14. 10:11PM
    20 Mar, 18

    Hasan Ali has another one and this time it is Tom Kohler-Cadmore who will go back. He tried to slash a length delivery from Ali but only managed to nick it to the wicket-keeper

  15. 10:01PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Hasan Ali strikes straight away

    WICKET! Hasan Ali gets a wicket straight away. Asad Shafiq edges that one and Darren Sammy completes a good catch to send him back for a golden duck

  16. 9:50PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Live updates

    Peshawar Zalmi finish the innings at 157 in 20 overs. Hafeez during the match talked about the total that would be defendable and he suggested that somewhere around 165 will be good. They have fallen short of 8-10 runs as per Hafeez but nevertheless, it's a good fight back after being reduced to 10/2 with big-hitters like Kamran Akmal and Fletcher back in the hut.

  17. 9:36PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Liam Dawson departs

    WICKET! Rahat Ali has the big wicket of Liam Dawson. It's a soft dismissal as the right-hander gives an easy catch to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps. He goes for 62

  18. 9:33PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Darren Sammy GOES!

    WICKET! Darren Sammy didn't time that pull shot correctly and he will go back in the hut for 2. Rahat Ali has another one under his belt and Peshawar Zalmi are 137/7

  19. 9:27PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Liam Dawson resists

    Liam Dawson has provided his side the resistance. Peshawar Zalmi haven't been able to execute their plans but thye Englishman has certainly shown good character

  20. 9:18PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Live

    So five overs left in the innings, Peshawar Zalmi are 111/5. They need to up the scoring rate to put a fighting total on the board

  21. 9:07PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Another wicket for Quetta

    Hasan Khan strikes and its another one down for Peshawar. A brilliant catch from Thisara Perera. After 13 overs they are struggling at 87/5

  22. 8:59PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Nasim and Dawson counter

    After the wickets of Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal, Liam Dawson and  Saad Nasim have gone after Mahmudullah. The two smash 16 runs off the 10th over bowled by the Bangladesh man. 

  23. 8:51PM
    20 Mar, 18

    WICKET! A huge wicket and it's Tamim Iqbal who will take the long walk back. He came down the track but only managed to give a catch to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at long on. Tamim goes for 27, Peshawar are 58/4

  24. 8:46PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Hafeez departs

    Mahmudullah strikes in his first over. He castles Hafeez for 25. Peshawar Zalmi are in a spot of bother here. The off-spinner came round the wicket and dismantled the off-stump behind Hafeez who tried to sweep the delivery away to on-side.

  25. 8:44PM
    20 Mar, 18
    End of Powerplay

    The powerplay overs have brought some excitement for the spectators. There was a halt in the very first over, couple of early wickets for Galdiators that included a spectacular catch from Thisara Perera and 44 runs  being scored

  26. 8:33PM
    20 Mar, 18

    Hafeez shows his class and what a shot from the right-hander. He uses the pace of the ball and flicks that one away to fine leg boundary

  27. 8:14PM
    20 Mar, 18

    Rahat Ali gets Kamran Akmal. He plays it on to his stumps. Akmal is gone for a duck Peshawar are 9/1. It was a brilliant delivery that was going away from the right-hander but Akmal missed to execute the cut properly and played it on to his stumps.

  28. 8:08PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators LIVE

    The players are back on the field. We will have live action strating soon. Tamim Iqbal started the proceedings in a brilliant fashion with two boundaries in four balls. We hope hasn't lost his concentration.

  29. 8:01PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Covers are off

    The covers are coming off and we can have the live action starting soon. This is surely a very good news for the fans and spectators in Lahore. They are expecting a good game of cricket.

  30. 7:39PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Rain stops play

    The game has to be stopped just after 4 balls due to rain and the covers have been called on. Nawaz had only bowled four balls before the covers came on. The spectators would expect that the rain stops soon.

  31. 7:35PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi begin the innings

    Peshawar Zalmi openers Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal are out in the middle and they will start the proceedings. Gladiators have handed the ball to Mohammad Nawaz who will bowl the first over

  32. 7:09PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Quetta Gladiators to bowl first

    So, here it is. It would be Quetta Gladiators who will bowl first. Cricket has returned to Pakistan with this encounter. Both the sides are packed with star players and the spectators can expect a good match. 

  33. 7:05PM
    20 Mar, 18
    PSL 2018

    The teams have started the warm-up. It's a big game for both the sides.

  34. 6:54PM
    20 Mar, 18
    Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators qualifier. The winner of the match will play Karachi Kings in the second eliminator. Earlier Karachi Kings lost to Islamabad United in the qualifier match on Sunday. The Islamabad side have already made a place in the final.