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Zazai, Wells power Peshawar Zalmi to HBL PSL 6 final

The explosive Zazai powered his way to 66 runs off 44 balls before being bowled by pacer Mohammad Wasim 

Zazai, Wells power Peshawar Zalmi to HBL PSL 6 final PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Explosive performances from batsmen Hazratullah Zazai and Jonathan Wells powered Peshawar Zalmi to an eight-wicket victory over Islamabad United in the second eliminator of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six, booking them a spot in the final against Multan Sultans in the final on Thursday. 

Chasing a mammoth total of 175 runs, Peshawar Zalmi were off to a bad start losing opener Kamran Akmal (eight off six) in the first over as he chopped a Hasan Ali delivery into his stumps. 

This brought together the combination of opener Hazratullah Zazai and batsman Jonathan Wells to the middle.  

The duo faced some tough bowling in the start, only to unleash their power-hitting potential in the latter part of the innings to score a monumental 126-run partnership off 81 balls. 

The explosive Zazai powered his way to 66 runs off 44 balls before being bowled by pacer Mohammad Wasim. 

Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik then joined Jonathan Wells to see his side through the daunting target with eight wickets and 19 balls to spare. 

Wells remained unbeaten after scoring 55 runs off 43 balls while Malik remained unbeaten on 32 runs off just 10 balls as Peshawar Zalmi ended on 177 runs for the loss of two wickets in 16.5 overs. 

Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim picked up one wicket each for their side. 

Earlier, after losing the toss and being asked to bat first by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United were off to a horrible start as in-form opener Usman Khawaja (one off two) was run-out early in the innings.  

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Akhlaq was removed, caught behind by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, off the bowling of pacer Mohammad Imran after scoring seven runs off five balls.  

Batsman Brandon King came out to bat with intent but was soon removed by all-rounder Amad Butt, caught by fielder Umaid Asif, after scoring 18 runs off 16 balls.  

While wickets were falling at the other end, opener Colin Munro continued to play in an unrestrained manner at the other end.  

The explosive batsman was finally removed by pacer Mohammad Irfan, caught behind by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, after scoring 44 runs off 29 balls.  

Peshawar Zalmi piled on the pressure as Islamabad United tried to stitch together a partnership that could allow them to go after the bowlers in the death overs.  

Skipper Wahab Riaz removed batsman Iftikhar Ahmed, caught behind by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, after he had scored 10 runs off 12 balls.  

Pacer Umaid Asif then stepped up for his side picking up the wicket of skipper Shadab Khan, caught by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, after scoring 15 off 16 balls.  

Umaid then dealt a major blow to Islamabad United’s chances of recovering by removing the explosive Asif Ali, caught by fielder Sherfane Rutherford, after scoring eight off seven balls.  

Wahab Riaz then removed all-rounder Faheem Ashraf (one off five) after a successful catch by fielder Hazratullah Zazai.  

Just when it seemed Islamabad United were going to be bundled out for a low total, tailenders Hasan Ali and Mohammad Wasim switched the entire complexion of the game on its head.  

The duo combined for a whirlwind 61-run partnership off just 24 balls to propel their side to a significant total.  

Hasan Ali was run-out towards the end after scoring a blazing 45-run knock off 16 balls while Mohammad Wasim remained unbeaten after scoring 17 runs off 11 balls as Islamabad United ended their innings with 174 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted overs.  

Pacers Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif picked up two wickets each for their side.