Today’s PZ vs IU encounter stunned the watchers with the terrific batting performances as United’s batters put up a target of 248 runs for Wahab Riaz’s Zalmi to triumph. One would have expected a mediocre show from PZ’s end but they fought back well, falling 15 runs with 4 wickets to spare.
In smashing 247 runs, United beat their own previous record of 238 versus Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2019. Amazingly, the team worked efficiently, falling short of two men as Khawaja led from the front. Pakistan-born Australian utilized the opportunity to serve his homeland as he played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 105 on 56 balls.
Asif Ali, the mid-order batter, has been in form too since the last few matches as he contributed with 43 runs off 14 balls. Brandon King and Colin Munro remained inspiring as well, with 46* and 48 runs respectively to coil up the biggest total.
PZ vs IU: List of records by United’s batter
This total is now the highest PSL team total and PSL 6 team total being in its six years. Also, no T20 team has slammed of scoring 247 runs in Abu Dhabi; hence, this is the highest team total at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Also, this is also the highest ever T20 score for Pakistan in any T20 format (Domestic or Int’l).
Notably, Zalmi’s batting line-up was in the match, too as Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, and Sherfane Rutherford added 68, 53, and 29 runs sequentially to protect their realm. Falling short off 15 runs made them the villain, but the Yellow Storm won the hearts exerting equal pressure from either side.
It is pertinent to mention that United’s bowler could pick six Zalmi men, whereas Wahab and co fail in their bowling depart tonight.