The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 witnessed a riveting game on March 16th as Peshawar Zalmi defeated Islamabad United by 12 runs in the first eliminator. However, amidst the thrilling match, an interesting incident occurred that caught the attention of Islamabad United fans.
During the 13th over of the game, when Peshawar Zalmi was at a score of 125-2, Islamabad United’s skipper, Shadab Khan, came in to bowl. Just before starting his over, Shadab Khan was heard declaring Babar Azam’s wicket on the stump mic saying, “Babar out hai is over mei,” and the stump mic caught it perfectly.
Interestingly, the leg-spinner went on to do exactly what he had promised. On the final delivery of the over, Shadab bowled a flat delivery around the middle stump, and Babar Azam got beaten by the pace, resulting in the ball crashing onto his front pad. The on-field umpire adjudged him out as it looked plumb, and Babar had to walk back to the pavilion.
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Babar Azam had played a brilliant knock of 64 runs off just 39 deliveries, including ten boundaries, making his dismissal a crucial moment in the game. However, it was not just Babar who played an essential role in Peshawar Zalmi’s victory. Opening batter Saim Ayub gave his team the start they were looking for, and young Mohammad Haris chipped in with a quick-fire 34 off just 17 deliveries, striking at a rate of 200, which helped them post a massive total of 183-8g.
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In response to the total posted by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United had a good start, courtesy of English opening batter Alex Hales, who scored 57 runs off just 37 deliveries, including seven fours and two sixes. Sohaib Maqsood also joined the party and went on to score 60 runs off just 48 deliveries.
Skipper Shadab Khan played a crucial knock of 26 runs off 12 deliveries, but his efforts were not enough to make his team go beyond the total posted by Peshawar Zalmi. Aamer Jamal and Salman Irshad grabbed a couple of wickets each, which helped their side defeat Islamabad United by 12 runs in the first eliminator of PSL 2023.