Dubai — Peshawar Zalmi, under the leadership of Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi, proved too good for Misbah-ul-Haq’s Islamabad United, defeating the latter by 24 runs in the third match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.
Chasing down the 146-run target set by Peshawar Zalmi, thanks to Tamim Iqbal for scoring a run-a-ball 51, United players struggled right from the get go. Opener Shane Watson remained top scorer with 28 runs.
Newcomer Mohammad Asghar and Wahab Riaz took three wickets each while Shaun Tait grabbed two for Afridi’s side.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi won the toss and decided to bat. Bangladesh star Tamim Iqbal anchored Zalmi innings scoring 51 in as many balls. Shahid Yousuf and captain Afridi contributed 16 runs each to the team’s total.
The match was dedicated to the students of Army Public School who were with the Peshawar Zalmi team at the stadium in Dubai.
Andre Russell took three wickets while Watson, Saeed Ajmal and Rumman Raeess shared a wicket each for United.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez, DJ Malan, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, DJG Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar, SW Tait
Islamabad United: SR Watson, Umar Amin, Babar Azam, Misbahul Haq, Imran Khalid, Ashar Zaidi, SW Billings, AD Russell, Saeed Ajmal, Rumman Raees, Sharjeel Khan.