PSL 9: Shadab's heroics help Islamabad United post 196/4 against Peshawar Zalmi

Islamabad United's captain Shadab Khan delivered a masterclass innings of 80 runs, steering his side to a formidable total of 196-4 against Peshawar Zalmi in the 20th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 9 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Monday. 

Opting to bowl first, Peshawar Zalmi made an immediate impact with Saim Ayub dismissing Alex Hales on the very first delivery of the match. The early setback did little to deter Colin Munro, who responded with a quick six and a four in the following over. However, Ayub's persistence paid off, claiming Munro's wicket shortly after. 

Faced with a challenging situation at 28-2, Islamabad United's resilience was on full display as Shadab Khan, alongside Salman Ali Agha, mounted a recovery. The duo crafted a 65-run partnership, lifting the team's morale and scoreboard to 90 runs by the halfway mark. Although Salman Irshad managed to dismiss Agha for a valiant 37, the momentum firmly remained with Islamabad United

Shadab Khan, undeterred by the fall of wickets, found an able partner in Jordan Cox, and together they added 68 runs to the tally. Dominating the bowlers, Shadab’s innings was a spectacle, adorned with 10 boundaries, including six maximums, before Luke Wood finally halted his charge. 

In the final overs, Azam Khan's explosive 29 off just 14 deliveries, featuring four boundaries and a six, provided the perfect finish, pushing the score to an imposing 196-4. Jordan Cox, contributing a steady 26 not out, played a crucial role in ensuring the team's strong finish. Saim Ayub emerged as the most successful bowler for Peshawar Zalmi, capturing two wickets for 15 runs, with Luke Wood and Salman Irshad also making vital contributions.  

SCORES IN BRIEF
Islamabad United 194/4 (Shadab Khan 80, Agha Salman 37, Azam Khan 29*; Saim Ayub 2-15, Luke Wood 1-34, Salman Irshad 1-37) vs Peshawar Zalmi.

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