During the 24th match of the ongoing fifth season of the Pakistan Super League between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore, Peshawar Zalmi batsman Haider Ali received a massive reprieve as the bails didn’t fall down despite the ball hitting the stumps.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 11th over when Ali’s attempt to flick a delivery from Lahore Qalandars all-rounder David Wiese saw him getting beaten.
With the ball ricocheting off his thigh pad, it hit his elbow before hitting the stumps. The unfortunate development denied the hosts a wicket as they saw Ali and Shoaib Malik (62) stitch a 116-run partnership for the fourth wicket to propel their team to 187/7 in 20 overs.
Having scored 69 (43) with the help of four fours and four sixes, 19-year old Ali became the youngest batsman to score a half-century in the history of the tournament in addition to top-scoring for his team.
Ali’s efforts resulted in vain as Qalandars sealed the chase on the penultimate delivery. Following half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman (63) and Chris Lynn (59), it was a 12-ball 29-run stand between Wiese (17) and Samit Patel (11) which saw Lahore defeating Peshawar for the first time since 2016.