The ongoing fifth season of Pakistan Super League(PSL) is at its peak with just 6 league matches remains to be played. As the knock-outs approaching, each and every match is becoming more and more interesting.
Yesterday, during the 24th match of the season between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore, Haider Ali, Peshawar Zalmi batsman, got a massive respite as the ball hit the stumps but the bails didn’t come off. But luckily for Lahore Qualandars they crossed the finishing line and the reprieve did not cost them the catch.
All this happened on the very first delivery of the eleventh over of the innings of the Peshawar Zalmi. Lahore Qalandars’ all-rounder David Wiese was bowling that over. As Ali tried to flick the delivery from bowler, he got beaten and the ball rebounding off his thigh pad, hit his elbow and then went on to hitting the stumps. But eventually, the bails didn’t come off and the batsman survived. It was sheer luck for the batsman.
Later, Haider Ali hit a half century and became the youngest batsman in the history of PSL to do so at the age of 19 years and 160 days. In his 43-ball-69, he smashed four maximums and as many boundaries and stitched a massive 116-run partnership with his teammate Shoaib Malik (62) for the 4th wicket helping his team in setting a target of 188 runs for Lahore Qalanders.
But all his efforts went in vain as Lahore Qalandars chased down the target on the penultimate delivery riding on the half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman (63) and Chris Lynn (59). David Wiese and Samit Patel provided the finishing touches with a 29 run stand off just 12 balls to register their first win against Peshawar Zalmi since 2016.
LIGHT CHALI GAYI?
What a remarkable moment! The ball hits the stumps but the bails don't light up. Haider Ali survives!
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 10, 2020