Simon Doull criticizes Peshawar Zalmi captain Babar Azam for selfish batting during PSL hundred against Quetta Gladiators

What a game cricket fans got to see at the Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi during the Pakistan Super League match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday. It was a high-scoring affair as a total of 483 runs were scored in the match.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Peshawar Zalmi would be happy with their final total as they posted a mammoth 240/3 with skipper Babar Azam scoring 115 off 65 balls. His opening partner Saim Ayub also hit a brilliant 34-ball 74 with useful contributions from Rovman Powell and Kohler-Cadmore to give Peshawar a first innings lead.

However, as it turned out, it was not enough on the day as Quetta Gladiators chased down the target with 10 balls to spare to win the match comfortably.

Jason Roy was the star of the night for the Gladiators as he smashed a brilliant 145 off 63 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. Mohammad Hafeez also scored 41 runs in 18 balls while chasing the target.

Notably, after scoring 83 off 46 balls, the Pakistan skipper took his time to cross the three-figure mark, taking 14 more balls to reach the milestone. However, Dole said that the team should have been placed first and with more power hitters coming in, Babar could have easily maintained the same momentum to ensure that the team ends up scoring those extra runs. As it turns out, those runs could actually come in handy.

“Instead of putting the team first… for quite some time now, that’s what has been happening. Instead of looking for boundaries, there is still so much firepower to come. Hundreds are fantastic, figures are great, but it has to be the team first,” Doull said when he was on air describing Babar’s ton.

Meanwhile, the win has now helped the Gladiators move to the fifth position in the points table with three wins from nine matches.

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