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Islamabad United 118/10 (17.1 ov)
Peshawar Zalmi 122/4 (17.1 ov)
Peshawar Zalmi won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Wahab Riaz
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This performance will boost the confidence of Zalmi, who look like a well oiled machine at the moment barring their openers, who have talent no doubt, but have not shone yet. Islamabad United know their short coming and will be back stronger sooner than later with the quality in that line up. That's all that we have for you today, so join us tomorrow for another action packed Sunday. For now I have been Ankit along with Bala, as we call it a night!
As the skipper of Islamabad United, Shadab Khan, rightly mentioned they have struggled with the bat, with the top order not firing barring Alex Hales, trying too hard to score runs early in the innings, which is leading to the loss of wickets quickly. What's good to see is that they know where they're making mistakes so they can surely work on it and improve now, before things get out of hands. From the bowling front, they did a fairly good job, especially their front line pacers, picking up early wickets to pressurize the opposition. But Tom Kohler and Shoaib Malik did really well to steady the ship, with the former batsmen picking up boundaries in intervals to not let the run rate slip away from them. Haider Ali then came in to show his array of shots, his ability to dispatch the bowlers for fun, and to announce himself in the league. It was a pretty comfortable chase at the end, and Zalmi won with 17 balls to spare. 
A very important win for Peshawar Zalmi who go on top of the table with 6 points and three wins on the trot. The management will be overjoyed to see a performance like this, out playing the opposition in every department from ball one. Zalmi elected to field such has been the case throughout the tournament so far, with the chasing team normally coming out on top, and today was no different as well. Wahab Riaz lead the way from the first over picking up a wicket, and was supported well by his bowler, who might have not taken wickets but did well not to give away too many runs. Wahab Riaz and Saqib Mahmood proved to good for the opposition sharing 7 wickets between them, being too god for the opposition batsmen today. 
Player of the Game: Wahab Riaz (also the winning captain): You have bad days and good days as well, I was trying to come out of the bad days and today I executed it well Would also like to thank the management for the support and trust in me. The sixes last time did give a bit of confidence, but bowling is different, I just stuck to my strengths, used simple tactics and came out on top. No ones complaining in the team, everyone's chipping in, the bowlers aren't complaining if we score less, they are taking the responsibility well which is really good to see as a captain.
Moment of the match: Haider Ali

Safest hands of the match: Philip Salt
Shadab Khan (losing captain): Learnt a lot from the last 3 games, but were making the same mistakes with the bat, with the middle order not contributing, constantly same mistakes had to lead to this. Many shots are being played that are risky and unnecessary. We have time to score runs it's a 20 over game so we have time, no need to burry up front, even today it seemed like a 160 pitch but we came up short. No regrets with the bowling changes, I felt spinners will make a better impact than Hasan Ali at that point so went with it, and maybe a wicket at that time could have helped things go a different way. 
Haider Ali: Very happy that the team won, and with the confidence we played in, to see the plans getting executed especially batting with Shoaib, is always wonderful. It's just confidence to go for a six in the first ball, a way I like to start my innings to loosen my nerves. It was a poor ball on which I got out so was upset, and a poor time to get out with just 3 runs needed. A very structured coaching strategy that is making me understand my role every time. Batting with Malik helps you learn a lot with his vast experience even on the field, 
An unnecessary overthrow that goes for a boundary is the way the game has ended, which was anti climatic, but Peshawar will take that happily, winning their third game on the trot. Peshawar Zalmi win by 6 wickets. 
17.1 Iftikhar Ahmed to Sherfane Rutherford, what an anti-climax! Good length ball outside the off-stump, defends it and goes through. The fielder at extra cover gets the throw in but it wide from the fielders backing up
Iftikhar Ahmed, into the attack. 
An unfortunate blow for Peshawar at the end of the game, as Haider Ali was trying to be cheeky for a boundary but edges a simple catch to the keeper. Hasan Ali gives him a send off roaring like a lion for taking his wicket, but that's the impact of a young Haider Ali. An exceptional knock nonetheless for the future star.  2 runs needed to win. 
Over: 17 | Summary: 0 1 0 0 W 1 Bowler: Hasan Ali Score: 117/4
16.6 Hasan Ali to Sherfane Rutherford, back of a length delivery angling into the left-hander, defends it on the on-side and gets off the mark
Sherfane Rutherford, left hand back, comes to the crease. 
16.5 Hasan Ali to Haider Ali, OUT! That's a shame! Short of a length outside the off-stump, tries to guide it late but the ball bounces a tad extra and takes the outside edge of the bat. Good take from the keeper diving to his right
16.4 Hasan Ali to Haider Ali, slower variation angling into the pads, brushes it on the way through to the keeper
16.3 Hasan Ali to Haider Ali, tests him with the short delivery, gets down well in time and the ball goes through unharmed to the keeper
16.2 Hasan Ali to Shoaib Malik, off-cutter on a length on the off-stump, goes across and tucks it away to deep mid-wicket
16.1 Hasan Ali to Shoaib Malik, full ball on the off-stump, pushes it straight to the fielder at mid-off
Hasan Ali, back into the attack
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