PSL 2024: Dominant Peshawar Zalmi Overpower Quetta Gladiators

Peshawar Zalmi, Playoff Qualification, Akeal Hosein Hat-Trick

Peshawar Zalmi Soar Past Quetta Gladiators with Stellar Performance

In a gripping match that showcased exemplary cricketing prowess, Peshawar Zalmi demonstrated their dominance against Quetta Gladiators, securing a convincing 76-run victory and solidifying their spot in the playoffs. Led by standout performances from Saim Ayub and Babar Azam, Zalmi’s triumph was a testament to their tenacity and skill on the field.

Dynamic Opening Partnership Sets the Tone

From the onset, Peshawar Zalmi exhibited their intent, courtesy of a dynamic opening partnership between Saim Ayub and Babar Azam. Ayub’s blistering knock of 30 runs off 12 balls provided the impetus Zalmi needed, while Azam’s authoritative 53 off 30 deliveries laid a strong foundation, propelling the team to a formidable 70/1 in the powerplay.

Akeal Hosein’s Hat-Trick Raises Tension

Despite Zalmi’s strong start, Quetta Gladiators fought back fiercely, with Akeal Hosein wreaking havoc with the ball. Hosein’s remarkable hat-trick in the final over momentarily shifted the momentum in Gladiators’ favor, but Zalmi’s resilience came to the fore as they rallied to a competitive total of 196/8.

Rovman Powell’s Heroics Seal the Deal

In a crucial juncture of the innings, Rovman Powell’s timely contribution of 28 runs off 25 balls proved instrumental in bolstering Zalmi’s total, ensuring they reached a challenging target. Despite falling short of their initial expectations, Zalmi’s collective effort paved the way for a daunting chase for Quetta Gladiators.

Bowling Masterclass Secures Victory

Chasing a formidable target, Quetta Gladiators got off to a promising start, but Zalmi’s bowling attack came roaring back with vengeance. Led by Saim Ayub, Luke Wood, Khurram Shehzad, and Mehran Mumtaz, Zalmi’s bowlers wreaked havoc, dismantling Gladiators’ batting lineup and ultimately bowling them out for a mere 120 runs.


In a thrilling encounter filled with ebbs and flows, Peshawar Zalmi emerged triumphant, showcasing their mettle and determination to overcome formidable challenges. With their emphatic victory over Quetta Gladiators, Zalmi has not only secured a coveted spot in the playoffs but also reinforced their status as a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing arena.

Brief Scores: Peshawar Zalmi 196/8 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 53, Saim Ayub 30; Akeal Hosein 4-23) beat Quetta Gladiators 120 in 17.5 overs (Saud Shakeel 24; Khurram Shahzad 2-15, Saim Ayub 2-20, Luke Wood 2-21, Mumtaz 2-22) by 76 runs.

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