Pietersen guides Quetta Gladiators home
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.