Watson and Ahsan Ali (46) put 111 runs partnership on the scoreboard as Gladiators were dominating the situation by reaching 100-1 in just 10 overs.
Zalmi were on top as their pacer Tymal Mills got rid of Ahmed Shahzad thrashing the stumps with a perfect yorker. Shahzad, who fell just one run short to his century in their last match against Quetta Gladiators, made just 14 runs.
Thereafter, Watson did the major work for his team smashing the ball all around the park and amused the fans with the power-pack show. Despite losing an early wicket, Watson didn’t take any pressure and his magnificent knock included five hits to fence and six maximums.
Sameen Gul trapped well-set Ahsan Ali in legs get him out on LBW. Ahsan tried to get a review but his partner Rossouw thought it was a clean decision. Ahsan made 46 and a worthy contribution with Watson to give a strong start to his team.
Delivery on the middle length from Wahab deceived Shane Watson completely as it went straight to thrash the stumps. Watson was unbeatable as he scored 71 runs off just 43 balls to provide crowd a much-needed entertainment.
Aas he has so far contributed 43 runs to team’s total and amusing the crowd by hitting boundaries around the park.
Left-arm pacer Tymal Mills bowled a perfect yorker on the off and it went straight to thrash the stumps to send Ahmed Shahzad back home. The wicket reduced Gladiators to 3-1 as Shahzad scored just a run.
The wait is over now as the first Qualifier of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four is about to start and Peshawar Zalmi have decided to bowl first against Quetta Gladiators.
“It is a crucial match and I think we are good at chasing the total. Our bowling is strong and we can just bring them down on a fewer total,” Sammy said after winning the toss.
The two-time runner-up of PSL Quetta Gladiators’ captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident to make their way to the final.
“We would also have bowled first as it is a good batting surface. We need to post a good total on the scoreboard to help our bowlers defend it later,” said Sarfraz.
The winner of this contest will qualify for the final of the fourth episode of the PSL while the loser of this match will play the winning team of the first eliminator.