Shadab Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Peshawar Zalmi locked horns with Islamabad United in Match 20 of PSL 2020 at Rawalpindi Stadium. The rain also intervened in the match due to which the game was stopped for some time during the innings of Zalmi’s.

Earlier Zalmi’s skipper Wahab Riaz won the toss and elected to bowl. It turned out to be a reasonable decision as to their bowler Rahat Ali dismissed the in-form opener Luke Ronchi on the fifth delivery of the over. The right-hander attempted a stroke for a boundary but he failed to get his timing due to which he was caught by Wahab Riaz.

Soon, Hasan Ali, the right-hand fast bowler dismissed Rizwan Hussain in the 4th over that left batting side struggling for a score of 41 runs with two wickets. Meanwhile, Colin Munro, the Kiwi international looked in full flow, who was effortlessly scoring boundaries and sixes off bowlers. Later on, Shadab Khan also joined the party as he looked in no mood to spare the opposition side. He along with Munro stitched a quick partnership of 67 runs and they successfully managed to rescue their side from the early setbacks.

Finally, after a span of six overs, Carlos Braithwaite sent dangerous-looking Munro back to the pavilion. But, that didn’t affect the momentum of the team as Colin Ingram, the new batsmen on the crease made the mockery of the bowlers on the back of his sublime hitting. He scored 42 runs off 25 balls studded with one boundary and two sixes.

Peshawar Zalmi climbed to third position in the points table

In the end, Islamabad United ended up scoring a mammoth total of 195 runs for a loss of five wickets in stipulated 20 overs. Munro scored 52 runs off 35 balls whereas Shadab Khan mustered 77 runs off 42 balls studded with five boundaries and four sixes. On the other hand, Hasan Ali turned out to be the best bowler for Peshawar Zalmi, who grabbed two wickets for his team.

Coming onto the chase, Kamran Akmal stitched a vital 37-run knock at the start to propel Zalmi to a decent start. Tom Banton joined the run-chase and played a 20-run cameo along with Haider Ali (16) as Peshawar Zalmi gathered 85 runs in nine overs to clinch the encounter seven runs (DLS method). None of the Islamabad United bowlers was able to leave an impact as Rumman Raees and Zafar Gohar scalped a wicket each. Peshawar Zalmi climbed up the points table to the third position and are now level with Islamabad United (7 points)

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