Duminy, Samit Patel drive Islamabad United to top of the table
JP Duminy scored a stroke-filled, unbeaten 73 off just 54 balls, followed by a superb bowling show from Islamabad United that powered them to a 26-run victory over Peshawar Zalmi, and as a result to the top of the points table. After Duminy’s early onslaught and Asif Ali’s late carnage (45 off 24 balls) pushed Islamabad United to 182 for 5 in 20 overs, Samit Patel led the show with the ball alongside Zafar Gohar, restricting Zalmi to 156 for 9 in 20 overs.
Zalmi needed a rear-guard effort from the tail for them to even get that close to Islamabad’s total as their top and middle-order combusted in the face of pressure. Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher’s promising start in chase was nipped in the bud by Samit, who picked three wickets on either side of the batting powerplay. The openers and Dwayne Smith were sent packing with only 53 runs on the board.
After Samit’s exploits early on, Gohar took over to pick three wickets of his own. He dismissed Liam Dawson and Darren Sammy for 0 and 1 respectively, before trapping Mohammad Hafeez in front of the stumps for 13 – only the third batter among the top seven to make a double-digit score.
At Hafeez’s exit, Zalmi had 92 for 8 on the board, and were hurtling swiftly towards a big defeat. No. 9 batter Wahab Riaz scored an unbeaten 33 off 25 balls to keep his side alive, even if only barely. He added a 55-run partnership with No. 10 man Umaid Asif, but the chasers fell well short.
That was chiefly down to Duminy’s essay that included six fours and four sixes. After Luke Ronchi fell early, a 61-run stand between Duminy and Hussain Talat ensued. Islamabad reached the 100-run mark by the 13th over, but there was a slight stutter. But Asif Ali’s 24-ball 45 – including two fours, four sixes.
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