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Akeal Hosein Takes First Hat-Trick of PSL 9 as Quetta Gladiators Fight Back

Quetta Gladiators’ left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein produced a sensational spell of bowling to take the first hat-trick of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9 and limit Peshawar Zalmi to 196-8 in their 20 overs at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Hosein, who has been a key performer for the Gladiators in this year’s PSL, claimed four wickets for 23 runs in his four overs, including three in three balls in the 16th over of the innings. He became the sixth bowler in the history of the PSL to achieve the rare feat of a hat-trick, joining the likes of Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Sami, and Abbas Afridi.

Hosein’s hat-trick dismissals were Aamer Jamal, Mehran Mumtaz, and Luke Wood, who were all dismissed in different ways. Jamal edged a wide delivery to the keeper, Mumtaz chopped a short ball onto his stumps, and Wood was caught brilliantly by Rilee Rossouw at slip. Hosein’s hat-trick reduced Zalmi from 157-5 to 157-8 in a matter of minutes and derailed their momentum.

Zalmi, who were put into bat by Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, got off to a flying start thanks to a blistering cameo from Saim Ayub, who smashed 30 runs off 12 balls, including a six and a four off Sohail Khan in the second over. However, Sohail got his revenge by having Saim caught at mid-off in the fourth over.

Zalmi’s skipper Babar Azam then took charge of the innings and played some exquisite shots all around the ground. He was well supported by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who scored 33 off 19 balls. The duo added 36 runs for the fourth wicket before Babar was trapped lbw by Hosein for a well-made 53 off 30 balls, with nine fours and a six.

Kohler-Cadmore followed him soon after, caught at long-on off Abrar Ahmed, leaving Zalmi at 147-5 in the 14th over. Hosein then struck with his hat-trick in the 16th over to put Quetta Gladiators on top.

However, Zalmi were not done yet, as Rovman Powell scored some important runs, to lift his side to a competitive total of 196-8. He was aided by Naveen-ul-Haq’s 10 runs off 9 balls.

Apart from Hosein, Quetta Gladiators’ bowlers had a tough day in the field, as they conceded 18 wides and 10 no-balls. Sohail Khan, Abrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Hasnain picked one wicket each, but were also expensive.

However, Peshawar Zalmi secured a significant 76-run win over Quetta Gladiators at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The defeat heavily impacted the Gladiators’ net run rate (NRR), but they still have a chance to reach the PSL 9 playoffs by winning one of their two remaining matches against Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans.

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