Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal failed to fire in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) opener for holders Peshawar Zalmi against Multan Sultans at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday.
The left-hander scored a run-a-ball 11 before being spectacularly caught at deep fine-leg while attempting a third successive boundary against left-arm quick Mohammad Irfan in the fourth over. Sent into bat, Zalmi posted 151-6 in their share of 20 overs with Mohammad Hafeez notching a 52-ball 59. The right-hander struck six fours and a six. West Indian Daren Sammy hammered an 11-ball 29 that contained three sixes and a couple of boundaries.
Both Tamim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played for Zalmi last season. But Shakib is not playing the PSL this time due to a finger injury he sustained during the tri-series ODI final against Sri Lanka. Although Sabbir Rahman joined Zalmi as Shakib's cover, the right-hander was not included in the playing eleven for the opening game. Two more Bangladesh players Mahmudullah Riyad and Mustafiur Rahman will feature for Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalanders respectively.