History was made at the Sharjah cricket ground on Thursday when the world saw an injured Darren Sammy limp to the pitch and steer Peshawar Zalmi to victory single-handedly in a nail-biting thriller against Quetta Gladiators.
Sammy smashed two sixes and one four in the four balls he faced, ensuring a much-needed victory for his side with two balls to spare. The defending champions were chasing the 142-run target set by Gladiators, who are asked to bat by Zalmi after winning the toss in the 10th match of the Pakistan Super League’s third edition.
In the first 10 overs, Gladiators scored 68 runs for the loss of three wickets. Shane Watson remained the pick of batsmen for Gladiators, scoring 47 of 32.
Despite playing steadily through their first 15 overs, Gladiators lost footing when the time came to accelerate. They lost four wickets in quick succession and could only manage to score 32 runs in the last five overs, ending their inning at 141 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Rossouw was the second leading scorer for Quetta side as he scored 37 of 25.
In reply, Zalmi were off to a steady start, maintaining a run rate of more than 8 runs per over in their batting powerplay.
In the first 10 overs, Zalmi scored 76 runs for the loss of two wickets. The match shaped up nicely into a close finish with the Zalmi needing 22 runs in the last two overs.
But it was Sammy who limped to the match and made it look like a one-sided contest in just four balls that he faced.
Here’s the HIGHLIGHTS of the Match:
Knew I would finish the match with three hits, says Sammy.
Peshawar Zalmi Skipper Darren Sammy said on Friday that he had complete belief in himself before coming to the crease against Quetta Gladiators that he could finish the match with his three shots.
Take a look at Darren Sammy’s heroic Inning:
“I just needed to hit three sixes, that’s what I told the coach,” Sammy said after winning the man of the match award, adding that it’s a “great feeling to make the team win”.
He further said that, “I can’t say anything about my injury right now but I am happy to win the match for my team.”