Twitter Reactions: Babar Azam, Salman Irshad end Islamabad United's campaign

Babar Azam smashed his third consecutive fifty to help Peshawar Zalmi score 183/8 while batting first.

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Babar Azam and Saim Ayub
Babar Azam and Saim Ayub. (Photo Source: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Peshawar Zalmi ended Islamabad United's campaign with a thrilling 12-run win in the Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League 2023 on Thursday (March 16). Babar Azam smashed 64 off 39 to help the Zalmi post a big total of 183/8 while batting first. Then Salman Irshad and Aamer Jamal shone with a ball with two wickets each to restrict the United on just 171/6. 

Shadab Khan won the toss for the United and elected to field first at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. But his decision backfired as Babar and Saim Ayub put in a quick 60-run stand for the opening wicket. Ayub smashed 23 off 16 before getting caught out on the returning pacer Mohammad Wasim’s delivery. 

But Babar kept the runs flowing and smashed his third consecutive fifty in the tournament. He scored 64 off 39 with the help of ten fours before getting out on Shadab’s delivery in the 13th over. Young wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Haris kept the scoreboard moving by smashing 34 off just 17 but the Zalmi kept losing wickets from one end.

Islamabad United’s bowlers made a late comeback and contained the Zalmi below 200 total. Shadab took two wickets while Wasim impressed with an economical spell of one for 29. Afghan wicketkeeper batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz started the United’s innings with a six and four but pace all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai dismissed him in the second over to balance the game.

But Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood produced a brilliant partnership of 115 runs for the second wicket. Aamer Jamal dismissed both the batter in his back-to-back overs to bring Zalmi back into the game. Maqsood top-scored with 60 off 48 while Hales smashed 57 off just 37.

Salman Irshad dismissed Azam Khan for just two runs in the 16th over and Aamer run out Faheem Ashraf in the same over to put Zalmi in the driving seat. Shadab smashed 26* off 12 but Peshawar Zalmi survived a late comeback from the United and won the game by 12 runs.

Here is how Twitter is reacting to Peshawar Zalmi's win over Islamabad United:

SAAD 🇵🇰@SaadIrfan258
PZ has knocked out IU 🤩❤️ On a tough pitch, Babar Azam's innings proved to be the difference Finally a happy Babar 😭❤️👑 The way he backed his Bowlers >> #PSL08 #PZvsIU
11:07 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Peshawar Zalmiverified@PeshawarZalmi
🐐 Babar Azam - that’s it, thats’s the tweet!
08:14 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Farid Khanverified@_FaridKhan
Fastest to 9000 runs in T20 cricket: BABAR AZAM 245 inns Chris Gayle 249 inns Virat Kohli 271 inns David Warner 273 inns King Babar breaks another record 👑🔥 #HBLPSL8
08:26 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Cricket Pakistanverified@cricketpakcompk
Babar Azam appreciates ball-picker 👑 He knows the feeling 👏 #IUvPZ
09:58 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Ahmad Haseeb@iamAhmadhaseeb
A million dollar hug between Babar Azam & Shadab Khan. #IUvsPZ #BabarAzam𓃵 #HBLPSL8
11:10 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Wasay Habib@wwasay
Aggression from Shadab Khan after removing Babar Azam says it all. (Yeh Cricket Ke Messi aur Ronaldo the ab main hoon). #PZvIU #Shadab #BabarAzam𓃵 #CricketTwitter…
Ahad Rahman@Shahzaibraja209
@wwasay Wasay bhai babar azam ko shadab ne out krdya usse bad aggression dikhaya
09:11 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Cricket Pakistanverified@cricketpakcompk
The best 360-degree player in the world for a reason 🏏 Mohammad Haris can do it to pace and spin 💪 Mission domination 👊 #PSL8 #IUvPZ
08:48 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Sami Ul Hasanverified@Samiburney
Excellent middle & death over bowling by Salman & Aamer as Peshawar Zalmi overcome blistering 50s from Islamabad United’s Aex Hales & Sohaib Maqsood to set Friday’s date with Lahore Qalandars with the winner to meet Multan Sultans on Saturday. #HBLPSL8 #SubSitarayHamaray #IUvPZ
11:04 PM · Mar 16, 2023
England's Barmy Armyverified@TheBarmyArmy
Oh my word, Alex Hales.
10:17 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Islamabad Unitedverified@IsbUnited
11:13 PM · Mar 16, 2023
Happy skipper. Happy team. 🤗 Yellow Storm prevails 💛 #HBLPSL8 | #SabSitarayHumaray | #IUvPZ
11:16 PM · Mar 16, 2023

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