Late Darren Sammy knock helps Peshawar Zalmi to victory in PSL

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Triumphant: Peshawar Zalmi

A late Darren Sammy blitz saw Peshawar Zalmi pull off a stunning five-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League on Thursday.

At Sharjah Stadium, needing 142 to win, the defending champions were staring at another defeat when Sabbir Rahman was removed with the score 125-5 with nine balls remaining.

But skipper Sammy led from the front to end the game 16no from just four deliveries. He smashed a much-needed six on his first ball before repeating the feat two balls later.

The West Indian then held his nerve to score a match-winning boundary with two balls to spare for what was Peshawar’s second victory of the tournament. Tamim Iqbal had top-scored with 36 before being run-out for Peshawar.

“I just needed to hit three sixes, that’s what I told the coach,” said Sammy, who was named man of the match.  “Even if you hobble it’s okay, just get a six.

“It’s a great feeling to make the team win. Games against Quetta have always been classics.

“I told myself: just two big hits and we could win. I believed myself, and it came off.”

Earlier, Quetta had posted 141-8 with Australian all-rounder Shane Watson top-scoring with 47. His knock came off 32 deliveries, including five sixes and a four.

He was one of four players to reach double figures as Umaid Asif (2-18), Wahab Riaz (2-16) and Sammy (2-21) were among those to take wickets.

For Quetta captain Sarfraz Ahmed, he lamented the batting performance of his players.

“We need to improve our batting. We should’ve scored a bit more. We also need a bit more variation with our bowling,” he said.

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Former Pakistan batsman Shahzaib Hasan handed one-year ban in PSL spot-fixing charge

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Hasan has been handed a retrospective ban by the PCB.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed an one-year ban on batsman Shahzaib Hasan in a spot-fixing charge related to the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

A two-member tribunal also handed Hasan a fine of Rs1 million for his role regarding the spot-fixing allegations.

“Hasan has been banned for one year and fined one million rupees on one charge and we have requested for more action against him on inducing other players for fixing,” PCB legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told the Dawn.

A member of the 2009 World Twenty20 winning Pakistan team, Hasan was suspended from all cricketing activities after being charge-sheeted by the PCB along with five others on March 18, 2017 for various breaches pertaining to the anti-corruption code. Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Nawaz, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Irfan were the others to be charged in the spot-fixing case.

Hasan has played three ODIs for Pakistan.

Hasan has played three ODIs for Pakistan.

He had been playing for the Karachi Kings in the concerned edition of the PSL. Following the verdict on Wednesday, Hasan’s lawyer Kashif Rajwana has said that the one-year ban will be applied retrospectively and will hence end in March.

Hasan has played three ODIs and 10 T20Is for Pakistan, with his last appearance in national team colours coming all the way back in 2010. His sole one-day half-century had come against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup 2019 clash at Dambulla.

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Two Chinese cricketers to join Peshawar Zalmi camp for PSL 2018

Waseem Ahmed 28/02/2018
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The two Chinese players will join the Peshawar squad.

Two Chinese cricketers will join the Peshawar Zalmi camp for the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE.

The Chinese national team players had been recruited by the PSL franchise in August last year in a bid to promote cricket in the word’s most populated country.

Yufie Zhang and Jian Li will join the Peshawar outfit’s training camp at the Dubai International Cricket stadium before traveling with the team for Thursday’s PSL fixture against the Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah.

“We will provide them a platform to recognise their talent and motivate them to achieve international recognition,” Peshawar Zalmi’s China representative Amir Suhail was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Pakistan has played an active role in promoting cricket in China.

Pakistan has played an active role in promoting cricket in China.

The two are the first Chinese cricketers to be recruited by a PSL franchise. China had become an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2004 though they did not make their competitive international debut until 2009 in the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) Challenge Trophy.

China made news last year when they were all-out for the second lowest ODI score in history (28) against Saudi Arabia in the World Cricket League (WCL) regional qualifier. They subsequently lost the match by 390 runs.

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