Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by a single run in the last ball drama occured in Lahore as Pakistan Super League (PSL-3) returned to its origin on Tuesday.
Started in the Indian Premier League (IPL) style, the first of the 31 matches were held in Dubai and Sharjah back in 2016.
The current ongoing league marks the third edition of PSL.
Batting first Peshawar Zalmi were all out for 157 runs in their 20 overs. Liam Dawson scored a 35 ball 62 that included 6 fours and four sixes. Pace spearhead Rahat Ali scalped 4 wickets for 16 runs.
Chasing a target of 158 to win, Quetta required 25 off the last over. Anwar Ali smashed three sixes and a boundary to keep the target down to three. Unfortunately, Mir Hamza was run out while looking for a second off the last ball.
Quetta did not had the likes of Kevin Pieterson, Shane Watson and Ben Laughlin who did not play in Pakistan for security reasons.
Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul, Wahab Riaz and Mohd. Nawaz shared two wickets each.
Peshawar will play Karachi Kings in the second eliminator today. The winner of the match will face Islamabad United in the final in Karachi on Sunday.
Pakistan Cricket Board have gradually revived league cricket in the country. Lahore hosted the PSL final in March last year. A lot of security personnel were involved for the event.
It followed a three-match T20 series. Pakistan played World XI that comprised players from seven countries in September. A month later one T20I was also played against Sri Lanka.
International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after terrorists attacked Sri Lankan players in Lahore in March 2009.