First playoff match was played between top 2 teams of Pakistan Super League Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. The captain of Peshawar Zalmi won a toss and elected to field first. This match was played in Sharjah stadium United Arab Emirates and stadium was jam packed from the crowd. Quetta Gladiators openers started batting in this game and Luke Wright English batsman played first match in PSL 2nd season. Luke Wright made 12 RUNS and gave his wicket of Hasan Ali. Kevin Pietersen came for a bat on 1st down position and Ahmed Shehzed made huge partnership with KP. Both Gladiators played amazing knock in this important match and made 90 RUNS partnership. Quetta Gladiators made 121 RUNS in just 10 overs and at that time Gladiators were looking to give 230 or 240 RUNS of Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar bounced back in the game and Zalmis bowler got wicket of in-form Ahmed Shehzad and KP. Quetta Gladiators next batsman Rille Rossouw and Sarfraz Ahmed started bat with defensive approach and played with 6.0 run rate per over. Quetta Gladiators provided 200 RUNS target to chase for Peshawar Zalmi in 20TH overs.
Peshawar Zalmi didn’t get good start from opening stand and Kamran Akmal gave his wicket of Gladiators after making just single run. Samuels also got RUNOUT very soon in this game and after that Mohammad Hafeez came for a bat with David Malan. Mohammad Hafeez was struggling by bat in PSL since start but this day he played awesome knock for his team and made 77 RUNS in just 47 balls. David Malan also played well and scored 56 RUNS in just 30 balls. Both batsmen provided amazing chasing start for Peshawar Zalmi and made 138 RUNS partnership in this match. It was highest RUNS partnership in Pakistan Super League and both guys really played in these innings. Mohammad Hafeez got out on the boundary and after few overs David Malan also gave his wicket of Gladiators. Shahid Afridi came for a bat and Afridi made quick 34 RUNS in just 13 balls. It was phenomenal inning played by Afridi on very needy time for Peshawar Zalmi. Afridi batted with 261 huge strike rates and reached required RUN rate almost 6 RUNS per over. Afridi got out on the boundary when Peshawar Zalmi needed just 8 RUNS in 8 balls. After Afridi dismissal Chris Jordan came for a bat with Darren Sammy. Peshawar Zalmi needed 7 RUNS in last over for winning this match and Mohammad Nawaz bowled last over and defended 7 RUNS in last over like a champ. It was really upset and shocking thing happened for Peshawar Zalmi in this match because they lost winning match from Gladiators in last over. Quetta Gladiators qualified for PSL Final and Peshawar Zalmi has chance to get position in Final after victory against Karachi Kings or Islamabad United. You can watch complete highlights of Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi 1st Playoff PSL Match from the below.