Pi­etersen guides Quetta Gladiators home

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Quetta Gladiators de­feated Pe­shawar Zalmi by three wick­ets with a ball to spare, in a top of the ta­ble clash of the Pak­istan Su­per league, Sun­day night.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, Zalmi came up with 135-7 in 20 overs, and the Gladiators replied with 139-7 in 19.5 overs.

The Gladiators cruised to their tar­get, af­ter be­ing com­fort­ably perched on 80-4 when they re­quired 57 runs from 48 balls for their third vic­tory in as many matches in the five-team league. They went on to 101-5 from 15 overs mak­ing the po­si­tion even clearer. The equa­tion worked out to 23 runs from 23 balls when a Kevin Pi­etersen back foot punch siz­zled through be­tween point and cover, sig­nal­ing the com­mand with which the Gladiators were han­dling their busi­ness for the day. Wick­ets kept fall­ing at his op­po­site end, but the Glad­i­a­tor him­self - Pi­etersen - steered his men past the hur­dles.

The came a small hitch when the Gladiators found them­selves at 118-7 in the 18th over when Pi­etersen (35 from 29 balls with two fours and a six) holed out to Shahid Afridi at cov­ers off left arm pacer Ju­naid Khan. With two overs left the Gladiators were 17 short of the tar­get.

Aussie speed­ster Shaun Tait did well in the penul­ti­mate over ini­tially but tailen­der An­wer Ali rammed one into the long bound­ary off the last ball to leave a 7 run-6-ball equa­tion. The rest was a for­mal­ity though the Gladiators left it very late be­fore coast­ing home.

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