PSL 2021: Usman Khawaja hundred studs Islamabad United win over Peshawar Zalmi
After being asked to bat first, United posted 247/2 – the highest T20 score at the venue and in the PSL history. It is also the highest score in any domestic Pakistan T20 tournament beating 243 set by Karachi Dolphins against Lahore Eagles in 2010.
Usman, who was leading the team in the absence of Shadab Khan, opened the batting with Colin Munro, and the two left-handers provided a solid 98-run partnership for the first wicket off just 59 balls.
Munro (48 off 28) struck five fours and two sixes before getting out to Shoaib Malik’s off-spin on the penultimate ball of the 10th over.
Asif Ali contributed a quick-fire 43 off 14, which included five towering sixes and two fours. He knitted a 47-run partnership for the second-wicket with Usman.
Brandon King joined Usman at 145 for two in the 13th over. The pair played shots all around the ground and contributed an unbeaten 102 runs off just 43 balls for the third-wicket partnership.
Australian international Usman playing his first season of PSL, brought up his hundred off just 53 balls and became the first captain to post a hundred in the tournament. He smashed 13 fours and three sixes and remained unbeaten on 105 off 56.
His partner, the right-handed West Indies international King scored 22-ball 46, smashing five fours and three sixes.
In reply, half-centuries from Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik went in vain as Zalmi remained 15 runs short of the mammoth target. Shoaib top-scored with a 36-ball 68, hitting six fours and three sixes. Kamran (53 off 32, seven fours, two sixes) put up 53-run stand for the third wicket.
Sherfane Rutherford (29 off eight) played a cameo, as he struck four sixes off Zafar Gohar’s over – 14th of the innings – the second most expensive over in the history of PSL. That Zalmi were able to cross 200 was due to late onslaught from Wahab Riaz (28 not out off 15, one four, two sixes) and Umaid Asif (20 not out off nine, two fours, one six).
The pair contributed 47 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership. Left-arm pacer Akif took three for 43 for United, while Hussain Talat picked two wickets.
PSL 2021: Explosive Colin Munro powers Islamabad United to win over Quetta Gladiators
PSL 2021: Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars: Dream11, Fantasy tips, Possible playing 11, Live streaming
PSL 2021: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United: Squads, Dream11 Fantasy Tips, Captain & Vice-Captain
Usman Khawaja reveals he was told he didn’t have the ‘right skin’ to play cricket in Australia
Usman Khawaja’s brother, Arsalan jailed over fake terror plot
Arsalan, brother Australia cricketer Usman Khawaja, faces jail term for fake terror plot
Ricky Ponting believes Usman Khawaja was dropped due to inconsistency, return will be difficult
Usman Khawaja says playing behind closed doors against India will work in favour of Australia
Usman Khawaja shocked at Cricket Australia’s financial crisis
Coronavirus: Usman Khawaja ‘very shocked’ at financial situation faced by Cricket Australia
Full List of Australia’s Contracted Players For 2020-21: Labuschagne gets rewarded; Shaun Marsh-Khawaja miss out
Shaun Marsh’s international career likely over, Khawaja unlucky – Australia selector
Get breaking news alerts.
You have already subscribed
For all the latest Sports News Click Here