Three talking points of Islamabad United’s victory over Peshawar Zalmi

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Rahmanullah Gurbaz hits convincing half-century as Islamabad United thrashed Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.

In match 12 of the Pakistan Super League season eight at the National Bank Cricket Area, the Afghanistan batter was firing on all cylinders as they reached the 157-run target in 14.5 overs.

This victory gave United two valuable points, as they look to secure a spot in the top four.

Let’s have a quick view at Islamabad’s victory:

Fiery Gurbaz

Afghanistan’s opening batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz was on song in run-chase for Islamabad United he smashed 31-ball 68 in his first outing this season.

Rahmanullah was unstoppable in the powerplay as United reached 80-1 after six overs. He smashed four maximums and five boundaries in the power play.

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He ended up notching 62 off just 31 balls to put United in the driving seat.

Hasan, others break Zalmi back

Islamabad United pacer Hasan Ali was on song in Karachi, as he claimed three key wickets ­– Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rovman Powell and James Neesham – to break Peshawar Zalmi’s momentum.

Mohammad Haris (40 off 21) and Babar Azam (75*) were cursing the Zalmi ship with a 76-run opening stand.

Captain Shadab Khan, who was a bit off colour in the tournament, provided the crucial breakthrough in the shape of Haris’s wicket. This triggered the Zalmi batting collapse as they were reduced to 99/5 with Hasan doing the major damage.

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Power show from Asif, Dussen

Islamabad United real power show, which are they known for, was on display in Karachi, as fans got their money’s worth experience. They were entertained by some power-hitting from Rassie van der Dussen and Asif Ali, who scored 42 and 29 respectively.

Dussen enjoyed his outing with Gurbaz to setup a perfect platform for Asif Ali, who finished the things in style.

Over all, the duo struck, three maximums and seven boundaries in their cameos.