Elliott, Babar world record stand lifts Gladiators to 129


SHARJAH: Grant Elliott and Zulfiqar Babar shared between them a record 63-run stand off 32 balls for the 10th wicket as Quetta Gladiators posted 129 against Peshawar Zalmi at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

At one stage, Zalmi skipper Shahid Afridi and pace spearhead Wahab Riaz rattled through the Gladiators batting line-up and took seven wickets among themselves to leave the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side in trouble at 61-6 in 10 overs.

Skipper Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Zalmi with figures 4-1-7-5. followed by Wahab Riaz 3-0-19-2. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar and pacer Junaid Khan also chipped in by claiming a wicket each.

None of the Gladiators batsmen other than Ahmed Shehzad (21), Elliott (40) and Babar (20*) could put up resistance when Zalmi spearheads came out all guns blazing.

Shehzad was looking in a good form and all set for a big innings until Wahab got rid of his middle stump after getting smashed for a mighty six in the fifth over.

The wicket followed an exchange of harsh words between the bowler and the batsman, but the incident was soon overlooked as Afridi brought himself into the attack and wreaked havoc on the Gladiators.

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara was joined by Gladiators as skipper Sarfraz won the toss and decided to bat first.

Sarfraz announced four changes to his team, with Sangakkara, Asad Shafiq, Elton Chigumbura and Umar Gul replacing Luke Wright, Kevin Pietersen, Anwar Ali and Aizaz Cheema.

For Zalmi, Brad Hodge was brought in for injured opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

While the other teams have experienced mixed fortunes, the Shahid Afridi and Sarfraz Ahmed-led sides have continued to march on to be among the top two PSL sides so far.


Quetta Gladiators:

Ahmed Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara, Asad Shafiq, Grant Elliott, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Elton Chigumbura, Mohammad Nabi, Zulfiqar Babar, Akbar-Ur-Rehman and Umar Gul.

Peshawar Zalmi:

Mohammad Hafeez, Dawid Malan, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Shahid Yousuf, Brad Hodge, Shahid Afridi (captain), Darren Sammy, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar and Shaun Tait.