Quetta Gladiators went two points clear at the top of the table after coasting to a seven-wicket victory over Islamabad United while Peshawar Zalmi held their nerve in a nail-biting finish to defeat Karach Kings by three runs in a thriller at Sharjah on Thursday.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed remained unbeaten on 51 to steer Quetta Gladiators to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Islamabad United in Match 11 of PSL at Sharjah Cricket Stadiium on Thursday.
After bowling out United for the lowest PSL total of 117, Gladiators coasted home with nearly four overs to spare replying with 118-3.
Sarfraz hammers two consecutive boundaries off Khalid. Gladiators 104-3, 14 overs.
Shehzad rocks back and pulls Russell imperiously for a six over midwicket before perishing attempting a similar shot. Gladiators 73-3, 9.4 overs.
Sarfraz welcomes Ajmal by sweeping to backward square leg for a boundary. Gladiators 54-2, 7 overs.
Sarfraz cuts to third man while Shehzad pulls Irfan for a boundary. Gladiators 46-2, 6 overs.
Shehzad chips Raees over the infield for a boundary to long-on. Gladiators 33-2, 5 overs.
Russell is on a hat-trick after yorking Pietersen who goes too far across and castling his leg stump after getting Wright. Gladiators 14-2, 2.3 overs
Kevin Pietersen b Russell 0 (1b)
Luke Wright c Billings b Russell 5 (6b 1x4)
Shehzad pulls Irfan through square leg for a boundary as Gladiators begin chasing 118.
Quetta Gladiators bundled out Islamabad United for a meager 117 in 19.1 overs.
Shane Watson smashed a quick-fire 40 off 28 balls. His innings included three fours and three sixes.
New Zealand international Grant Elliott, playing his first match for Gladiators, claimed three crucial wickets.
Babar and Cheema claimed two wickets each.
Ajmal is the last man out as United are all out for 117 in 19.1 overs.
Saeed Ajmal c Zulfiqar Babar b Anwar Ali 10 (6b 0x4 1x6)
Raees gives Cheema the charge before swinging and missing. United 117-9, 18.5 overs.
Rumman Raees b Aizaz Cheema 2 (5b)
Ajmal opens his shoulders and hammers a straight six off Elliott. United 113-8, 18 overs.
Anwar takes a super catch as Ghulam departs. United 103-8, 17.1 overs.
Kamran Ghulam c Anwar Ali b Elliott 9 (12b)
Babar strikes yorking Russell who goes for a big swing only to be trapped leg before. United 103-7, 17 overs.
Andre Russell lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 10 (13b 1x4)
Russell smacks Elliott down the ground for a boundary. United 99-6, 16 overs.
Khalid drags Nawaz from outside off for a six over midwicket but nicks the next ball to the keeper. United 86-6, 13.3 overs.
Imran Khalid c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Nawaz 18 (18b 1x4 1x6)
Nabi strikes trapping Latif leg before. United 68-5, 11 overs.
Khalid Latif lbw b Mohammad Nabi 6 (10b)
Elliott has struck in consecutive overs trapping Billings with a slower ball. United 64-4, 9.1 overs.
Sam Billings lbw b Elliott 2 (4b)
A brilliant stumping by Sarfraz sends back Haddin who is marginally on the line. United 60-3, 8 overs.
Brad Haddin st Sarfraz Ahmed b Elliott 15 (15b 0x4 1x6)
Cheema removes the dangerous Watson with Shehzad taking a skier. United 55-2, 6.4 overs.
Shane Watson c Ahmed Shehzad b Aizaz Cheema 40 (28b 3x4 3x6)
Watson is turning it on once again flaying Nawaz for two consecutive sixes, United 54-1, 6 overs.
Haddin makes his intentions clear by effortlessly lofting the first ball from Babar back over the bowler's head for a six. United 31-1, 4 overs.
Sharjeel fails to emulate his skipper slamming a full toss from Babar straigh to the fielder at midwicket. United 25-1, 3.4 overs.
Sharjeel Khan c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Zulfiqar Babar 2 (3b)
United skipper Watson decides to up the ante by dancing down the track and sending Babar sailing over the ropes.
Watson gets gets cracking with two consecutive boundaries off Ali. United 17-0, 3 overs.
Watson slams Babar down the ground for the first boundary of the innings. United 9-0, 2 overs.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and put Islamabad United into bat in Match 11 of PSL under lights at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Misbah is still injured and Watson leads Islamabad again.
Islamabad United: SR Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Kamran Ghulam, Imran Khalid, SW Billings, BJ Haddin, AD Russell, Saeed Ajmal, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Irfan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami, Umar Amin, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Ashar Zaidi
Quetta Gladiators: Ahmed Shehzad, LJ Wright, KP Pietersen, GD Elliott, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nabi, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Rameez Raja (2), Saad Nasim, Bilal Asif, Umar Gul, Bismillah Khan, E Chigumbura
Zalmi win thriller
West Indies international Darren Sammy bowled a calculated final over as Peshawar Zalmi survived a spectacular Ravi Bopara knock to beat Karachi Kings by three runs in a nail-biting finish in Sharjah on Thursday.
Bopara smashed 67 of 32 balls in an innings that included five fours and four sixes to help revive his team after they slumped to 48-5 in 8.5 overs.
Peshawar Zalmi pulled off a nail-biting three-run win after Ravi Bopara brought Karachi Kings to the brink of victory with a brilliant knock of 67 off 33 balls.
Chasing a target of 183, Kings were on the ropes at 48-5 before Bopara shared partnerships of 61 with Vince (44) and Tanvir (23) as Kings clawed their way back and look in sight of victory after Tait went for 26 in the penultimate over.
Needed 13 off the last over, Bopara hammered a six off the first ball from Sammy before holing out two balls later as Kings finished on 179-9 for nine.
Amir fails to score off the final ball from Sammy as Zalmi win a nail-biter by three runs.
Kings need four off the last ball as Mir is run out by the keeper. Kings 179-9, 19.5 overs.
Usama Mir run out 1 (1b)
Bopara falls with five needed to win smashing a full toss to the fielder in the deep. Kings 178-8, 19.3 overs.
Ravi Bopara c Shahid Yousuf b Sammy 67 (33b 5x4 4x6)
Needing 13 off the last over, Bopara hammers a six off the first ball from Sammy.
Riaz strikes with a perfect yorker to dismiss Tanvir who had blasted a six the previous ball. Kings 170-7, 19 overs.
Sohail Tanvir b Wahab Riaz 23 (17b 2x4 2x6)
Massive over for Karachi has Tait goes for 26 with Bopara completing his 50 hitting a six and two boundaries. Kings 161-6, 18 overs.
Bopara is turning it on slamming Tait inside out for a six over extra cover followed by a boundary off an inside edge.
Bopara hammers the 100th six of PSL by slamming Riaz over long-off. Kings 135-6, 17 overs.
Big over for Kings as Tanvir hammers a six and boundary off Yamin. Kings 126-6, 16 overs.
Tait has struck a crucial breaking the partnership by castling Vince. Kings 109-6, 14.3 overs.
James Vince b Tait 44 (28b 5x4 1x6)
Vince hammers Riaz down the ground for a boundary to bring up the 50 partnership off 27 balls with Bopara. Kings 105-4, 14 overs.
Bopara has slog swept Afridi for a six while Vince slams him through point for a boundary. Kings 94-5, 13 overs.
Vince gives Ashgar the charge and clear the fielder at long-off with Hafeez making a valiant attempt to catch it. Kings 61-5, 10 overs.
Afridi strikes getting rid of Shakib. Kings 48-5, 8.5 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan c Asghar b Afridi 1 (4b)
Skipper Malik perishes attempted to heave Asghar out of the ground only for Sammy to take a good running catch. Kings 46-4, 7.5 overs.
Shoaib Malik c Sammy b Asghar 8 (7b 0x4 1x6)
Malik opens his account by hoisting his opposite number Afridi for a straight six. Kings 40-3, 7 overs.
Imad Wasim virtually gifts away his wicket after trying to walk a single without ground his bat as he strolls for a single. Kings 28-3, 5.4 overs.
Imad Wasim run out 0 (2b)
Shahid Yousuf strikes with a direct hit to send back Anwar. Kings 27-2, 5.1 overs.
Nauman Anwar run out 14 (16b 3x4)
Riaz strikes first ball rattling Simmons with a perfect delivery as the batsman makes rooms to hit through off. Kings 26-1, 4.1 overs.
Lendl Simmons b Wahab Riaz 9 (12b 1x4)
Yamin has been cracked for a couple of boundaries as Kings break the shackles. Kings 26-0, 4 overs.
Anwar flicks an attempted yorker from Tait for the first boundary as Kings begin chasing 183. Kings 10-0,2 overs.
A flurry of big hits in the end overs Shahid Afridi (17) and Darren Sammy (18) runs helped Peshawar Zalmi put up 182-4 against Karachi Kings in the 10th Pakistan Super League (PSL) match in Sharjah on Thursday.
Zalmi got off to a flying start as openers Mohammad Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal plundered 86 runs in the first ten overs before both were dismissed in quick succession.
Kamran Akmal weighed in with 30 off 20, hitting two huge sixes and as many fours.
Malan perishes as he sends Tanvir soaring into the sky. Zalmi 153-4, 17 overs.
Dawid Malan c Imad Wasim b Sohail Tanvir 12 (12b 1x4)
Afridi survives after being caught off Tanvir with the umpire adjudging it as a waist-high no-ball after Bopara takes a superb catch.
Amir strikes as Kamran cracks a full length delivery straight to mid-off. Zalmi 143-3, 16.3 overs.
Kamran Akmal c Vince b Amir 30 (20b 2x4 2x6)
Akmal has clubbed Wasim for a massive six followed by a boundary. Zalmi 142-2, 16 overs.
Kamran has given Mir the charge and walloped him for a gigantic six. Zalmi 117-2, 14 overs.
Tamim attempts to change gears but Simmons takes a superb catch on the boundary. Zalmi 108-2, 12.4 overs.
Tamim Iqbal c Simmons b Bopara 37 (35b 3x4)
Bopara has the last laught as Hafeez swings and misses to be adjudged leg before though replays suggested it was missing the stumps. Zalmi 93-1, 10.3 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Bopara 59 (35b 7x4 3x6)
Hafeez has laid into a full toss from Bopara and launched it over midwicket with the ball getting stuck on the edge of the roof.
Hafeez completes a 29-ball half century. Zalmi 78-0, 9 overs.
Tamim swings Shakib to square leg for a boundary while Hafeez slaps him over extra cover for a maximum. Zalmi 62-0, 7 overs.
Hafeez tees off against Shakib by getting inside the line and lofting back over the bowler's head for a maximum followed by a boundary through extra cover, Zalmi 44-0, 5 overs.
Tanvir comes into the attack and Tamim unleashes an exquisite cover drive to the fence. Zalmi 32-0, 4 overs.
Boundary number five for Hafeez who pulls him round to midwicket. Zalmi 25-0, 3 overs.
Hafeez is on song cracking two consecutive boundaries off Wasim. Zalmi 18-0, 2 overs.
Hafeez gets going slamming Amir for the first boundary of the match.
Afridi won the toss and Peshawar Zalmi are batting in Match No. 10 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Aamer Yamin replaces Junaid Khan. Nauman Anwar is in for Iftikhar Ahmed.
Karachi Kings: Bilawal Bhatti, RS Bopara, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nauman Anwar, Saifullah Bangash, Shakib Al Hasan, Shoaib Malik, LMP Simmons, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usama Mir, JM Vince
Peshawar Zalmi: Aamer Yamin, Abdur Rehman, Hasan Ali, Israrullah, CJ Jordan, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, DJ Malan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hafeez, Musadiq Ahmed, DJG Sammy, Shahid Afridi, Shahid Yousuf, SW Tait, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz