A year after they finished second in the first edition, Quetta Gladiators found themselves on the wrong side of the result in the Pakistan Super League final once again. This time, it was Peshawar Zalmi defeated them at the final hurdle.
Peshawar’s start was very strong as they raced away to 41 in four overs. It was only once the spinners were brought in that Quetta were able to apply the brakes. Quetta’s spinners were also able to make use of the dryness and cracks on the surface to suffocate Peshawar with regular wickets. Quetta really seized the advantage untill Darren Sammy flexed his muscles as Peshawar clubbed 33 runs in the final two overs and amanged a defendable total of 148.
On a pitch where run-scoring was hard work, Quetta needed their batsmen to resilient. Instead, one after the other they kept getting out to poor shots. Mohammad Asghar, fetched an excellent figures of 3 for 16. Mohammad Hafeez’s variations in trajectory and pace got him a wicket in his first over, against an anxious Sarfraz. By the eighth over, half of Quetta’s line-up had been sent packing. The rest of the innings followed the same template, and so swift was the slide that portions of the cricket-starved Lahore crowd had already made their way out by the time the end came about.
Par score at the Gaddafi Stadium before this match was 150, and after Peshawar made 148, only two less than the average required score, it was expected that they’d win – and they did with a convincing 58 run win. Quetta while chasing never looked in control.