The Pakistan Super League 2017 was the second edition of the HBL PSL T20 Cricket League organized by Pakistan Cricket Board. Five teams featured in the PSL 2 match schedule and tournament ran between February 9 – March 5, 2017. The PSL 2017 final contested between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. UAE hosted the entire match while the final of PSL 2 played in Pakistan. The game played in a double round-robin format and playoffs.
Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators in the PSL 2017 by 58 runs while defending a total of 148 runs. It was the second time when Quetta Gladiators consecutively qualified for the PSL Final. Gladiators collapsed in the chase of just 148 runs for 90 all out in 16.3 overs. Quetta was the runner-up of the PSL 2016 Final when they lost to Islamabad United. A powerful and hot favorite team, Gladiators defeated the second favorite for the PSL 2017 title.
Peshawar Zalmi was at the 1st position of the PSL 2016 Points Table, who became champions by beating the Gladiators twice. Zalmi beat Gladiators in the qualifier and PSL 2017 final. It’s been fascinating to see as the top four qualifiers in the PSL 2 playoffs won four games each except for Lahore Qalandars. Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, and Lahore Qalandars were in sequence from top to the bottom of the PSL standing table.
PSL 2017 Semi-Finals
Zalmi, Gladiators, Kings, and United went to playoffs while the only Lahore Qalandars fell to the bottom of the PSL 2017 Points Table. Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators played the first qualifier on February 28 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. Quetta Gladiators beat Zalmi by just one run after setting a massive total of 200. As a result of the winnings, Gladiators went to the PSL 2017 final with straight qualifications.
Ahmed Shehzad scored 71 runs off 38 balls for Gladiators while Mohammad Hafeez 77 of 47 shots for Zalmi. In the first qualifier as Zalmi vs Gladiators, while batting first, Quetta set up a massive total of 200 in 20 overs with the loss of seven wickets. Ahmed Shehzad exceptional innings of 71 runoff just 38 balls, including four maximums and seven-fours. Shehzad got out in the 10th over after giving a flying start to Gladiators’ innings, and he set up grounds for the massive total.
He went aggressive in the very first over and kept on scoring more than 12 runs per over. Luke Wright departed in the 3rd over when Gladiators were 31/1 in 2.6 overs. Peshawar Zalmi used seven bowlers in their first qualifier/semi-final of PSL 2017 to stop the quickest innings by Shehzad. Wahab Riaz picked up three wickets in his four overs bowling spell and conceded 40 runs. Hassan Ali and Zalmi PSL 2017 skipper Darren Sammy dismissed two batsmen but couldn’t stop runs.
Zalmi Chased down 200 and reached in Final
While in the chase of 200 runs, the Zalmi batting line tumbled in first, losing two wickets for three in 1.5 overs. David Malan and Mohammad Hafeez hold nerves and build the highest partnership in the PSL 2017 semi-final with 138 runs. Despite setting massive, Zalmi failed to conclude the game in the end and lost the qualifier to Gladiators. In the 1st eliminator, Karachi Kings beat Islamabad United by 44 runs and defended a total of 126.
Karachi Kings defended the lowest elimination one total of 126 and got United all out at 82. In the second eliminator, Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs and qualified in the PSL 2017 final. Kamran Akmal smacked a century at the second semi-final of PSL 2 with his 104 for 65 balls. Zalmi scored 181/3 in 20 overs while Kings fell to 157/7 in 20 overs and lost the game.
PSL Final 2017 Match Summary
The PSL 2017 final scheduled at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on March 5, between Gladiators vs Zalmi. After winning the toss, Quetta decided to field first, aiming to restrict Zalmi to the lowest total or by maximum 150. Somehow Gladiators succeeded in regulating Zalmi as per their plan as the first innings ended at 148/6 runs. Kamran Akmal became the highest individual run scorer with his 40 in the PSL 2017 final.
Not a single solid partnership built by the Zalmi squad after the departure of Akmal. Sammy firework of 28 runs at just 11 balls stretched the equation to148. Quetta Gladiators used five regular bowels, of which Mohammad Nawaz became the most economical bowler. Nawaz picked up a single wicket in his four overs bowling spell and conceded just 15 runs.
Rayad Emrit removed three batsmen in his four overs and conceded 30 runs off it. Anwar Ali became the expensive bowler for Gladiators in the PSL 2 final by conceding 43 runs in four overs. Young bowler, Hassan Khan, picked up two most crucial wickets of Kamran Akmal and Khushdil Shah. In the chase of 148 runs, Quetta Gladiators’ top-order batting line collapsed to just 90 terms.
Gladiators Batting Line Tattered
The top four batsmen fell within the powerplay — Morne van Wyk, Anamul Haque, Ahmed Shahzad, and Sarfaraz Ahmed when Gladiators were 29/4 in overs. Only three players got into double figures, and the rest dismissed in a very crucial time for their team. A single 45 runs partnership between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Sean Ervin at 6th wicket somehow helped Gladiators to have something on board.
Hasan Ali picked up two wickets in his 3.3 overs bowling spell by conceding only 13 runs with the economy of 3.71. Mohammad Asghar bowled another tight spell who conceded only 16 runs in his four overs and removed three batsmen. Mohammad Hafeez and Chris Jordan got one wicket while Wahab Riaz removed two batsmen.
The PSL 2017 final at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore seen as the one-sided contest between the two best teams of the tournament. Gladiators got all-out in 16.3 overs and lost the PSL final for the second time in a row.
PSL 2017 Final Squads
David Malan, Kamran Akmal, Marlon Samuels, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Asghar
Morne van Wyk, Ahmed Shehzad, Anamul Haq, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sean Ervine, Saad Nasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Rayad Emrit, Hassan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar
Awards and PSL 2017 Stats
Peshawar Zalmi’s opening batsman Kamran Akmal won player of the tournament is the leading run-scorer with 353. Akmal won Hanif Mohammad and Imtiaz Ahmed award being top scorer and best wicket-keeper, respectively. Sohail Khan, the main striker bowler of Karachi Kings, became the leading wicket-taker with his 16. Wahab Riaz became the second leading wicket-taker in PSL 1 and PSL 2 results consecutively with 15 in each season.