Paul Stirling and Alex Hales combine batting fireworks to bring victory to Islamabad United

Zalmi was completely outplayed by Islamabad United in Sunday’s game.

Alex Hales. (Photo source: Twitter/Pakistan Super League)

Islamabad United started their campaign in the 2022 edition of the Pakistani Super League (PSL) on a winning note by overcoming Peshawar Zalmi by nine wickets. Chasing a target of 169 set by Zalmi, United crossed the finish line with 25 deliveries remaining.

Dynamic flyhalf Alex Hales played a quick shot for his team. The Englishman scored a game-winning 54-ball 82* for his side and stayed on until the end to lead Islamabad beyond the finish line. Apart from Hales, the Irishman Paul Stirling also played a stellar shot contributing with 57 carries on 25 balls and also laying a solid foundation for Islamabad United with an opening position of 112 carries with Alex Hales.

All Peshawar Zalmi bowlers were left without a wicket as Paul Stirling’s only wicket was lost due to a runout. Interestingly, Stirling was also named player of the match for his enterprising shot comprising seven fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 228.

Sherfane Rutherford’s half-century helps Peshawar Zalmi after 168/6

Earlier, after being asked to strike first, Peshawar Zalmi posted a bout total of 168/6 on the board from his 20 overs. Sherfane Rutherford completed the saving act for Peshawar after being reduced to 35/4 just after Powerplay and scored the best score for his side with a vital hit of 70 unbeaten runs from 46 deliveries. He added 73 runs for the fifth wicket with veteran Shoaib Malik scoring 25 from 22.

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Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting also contributed towards the end of the innings scoring 26 runs from 17 deliveries. Faheem Ashraf was the bowlers’ choice for Islamabad United with figures of 2/23 from his four overs at a save rate of 5.8. Hasan Ali also recorded two scalps each of his four overs. He finished with 2/34 at an 8.5 save rate. Mohammad Wasim and skipper Shadab Khan each took a wicket of their four overs quota, conceding 37 and 28 runs respectively.

Peshawar Zalmi was aiming for a second straight win in PSL 2022. They beat Quetta Gladiators in their season opener on Friday by five wickets. Nevertheless, Zalmi was completely outplayed by Islamabad United in Sunday’s game.

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