POST MATCH DISCUSSION
HBL PSL final for 2019 was played between Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators. Pakistan Super League is the biggest cricket event in Pakistan which is sponsored by Habib Bank Limited. It was the end of another super year of cricket in Pakistan and the HBL PSL. It is getting famous more and more every year.
Let’s have some discussion over this final game of HBL PSL 2019. Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators are such the teams of this league which have some history of traditional rivalries. So the people of Pakistan and the people of the world were looking very forward to have this final.
Between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. It was Peshawar Zalmi who win the toss and they decided to bat first against Quetta Gladiators. This was nothing in the pitch. It was supporting both the winnings equally. At National Stadium Karachi we had some high scoring games. So Peshawar Zalmi was looking very forward to score big. In the first innings and create pressure upon the Quetta Gladiators to win the game.
Zalmi was totally relying on Kamran Akmal, the genuine opener for Peshawar Zalmi Cricket Team. Peshawar Zalmi opening their innings with Kamran Akmal and Imam ul Haq and Imam ul Haq who was out early. It was Mr. Mohammad Hussnain who took the wicket of in-form Imam ul Haq at runs.
Performance of Peshawar Zalmi
So the early loss of Imam ul Haq, Peshawar Zalmi was under pressure. In no time, Kamran Akmal scored 21 runs at 150 strike rate. He was looking very good and his intentions today was to score big like 200 runs in twenty overs. The early breakthrough of Imam ul Haq had boosted the confidence of Quetta Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz of Quetta Gladiators had this season good.
He was playing really good cricket with the bowl and bat. Mohammad Nawaz bowl a straight delivery to Kamran Akmal and Kamran Akmal playing this delivery sweep to the leg side but Kamran Akmal misses the ball and the ball hit the middle stump. Peshawar Zalmi was 30 for 2 now. The loss of Kamran Akmal created an immense pressure on the Peshawar Zalmi Cricket Team.
Quetta Gladiators had a very good start and they could restrict their opposition to a very low score which they could chase easily. Peshawar Zalmi was totally on the back foot but they were facing deliveries on tight lines and it was becoming very difficult for them to steal the boundaries. In the instance of scoring boundaries, Mr. Sohaib Maqsood who had a bad season of HBL PSL 2019 with the bat.
He was out of form. After scoring 20 runs against run a ball and created a little bit of pressure upon him. He came down the wicket to hit the six over mid wicket against medium slow bowler DJ Bravo, the edged the bowl and the South African player Mr. RR Rossow take a very good catch. Peshawar Zalmi was 3 down at 62 runs after 10 overs were bowled.
performance of Quetta Gladiators
It was not a good beginning for Peshawar Zalmi because they were loosing their way over constructing the innings. They had lost all their top over batsmen very early. The boundaries were short on the day at National Stadium Karachi and it is also reported that over one million people were watching the HBL PSL final match through YouTube. The left handed batsman replaces Sohaib Maqsood and comes to the crease. He is a talented left handed batsman. He is capable of scoring some big shots.
Sohaib also famous of making some hardly hitting shots and had some reasonable partnership with Afghanistan batsman Nabi Gul. Now, it was the time when Peshawar Zalmi was looking to come back into the match. Just when the partnership was looking good and both the batsmen were trying to build the pressure on Quetta Gladiators.
It was Fawad Ahmed, the off spinner who also had a good season of HBL PSL 2019. He took the wicket of Nabi Gul with the assistance of Ahmad Shehzad. It was big moment in the game, when Peshawar Zalmi lost its way to score big so, Their chances in the game to score big were very least now. Now, they were trying to score a competitive and reason score which they could manage to have some sort of competition.
It was Umar Amin the Star batsman for Peshawar Zalmi who score 38 runs off 33 ball and he score 3 fours in his innings and 2 sixes against Quetta Gladiators. They close their innings at 138 for 8 and the star player from Quetta Gladiators was Mohammad Hussnain who took 3 wickets for 30 runs from his 4 overs and DJ Bravo took 2 vital wickets from his 4 overs against Peshawar Zalmi.
Last Exciting Moments of Final
138 runs of total was not a big total to chase. Shan Watson and Ahmad Shehzad were the top openers from Quetta Gladiators and both of them shared some really good innings of opening partnerships during HBL PSL 2019. Shane Watson was in super form throughout this season but in the final match he could not to success to score big in the match and he lost his wicket.
Ahamd Shehzad along with Ahsan Ali build a solid partnership which created the base for Quetta Gladiators to win the HBL PSL 2019 final match. Ahmad Shehzad played some really good looking and hardly hitting shots in his innings because he was bating beautifully against the opposition. He hit a mouth watering six on leg side.
After watching the six the opposition almost lost all its hopes to win the game. Ahmad Shehzad and South African talented batsman RR Rossow who made it possible to cross the line and Quetta gladiators had won the game by 8 wickets in the 18th over. Mr. Mohammad Hussnain was given the match of the match award for his brilliant spell of bowling.
The almighty Shane Watson from Australia was awarded man of the series award because of his special performance throughout the whole season. Shane Watson also steal the award of batsman of the series award also. It was Hassan Ali the star pace bowler from Peshawar Zalmi who took the award of bowler of the series and overall it was a very good final match with low score.