Jason Roy, the opening batter for Quetta Gladiators, had an outstanding day with the bat as he hit 145 runs against Peshawar Zalmi in the 25th game of the present Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8. Quetta Gladiators wanted to chase down a record 241 runs.
When Roy managed to run after the Gladiators in Rawalpindi, it became history. The Gladiators scored 241 runs off his brisk 145-ball innings in 18.2 overs.
Roy was singled out for recognition for his incredible bat skills during the most successful run-chase in PSL history. He shot the most significant individual PSL total with 20 boundaries and five maximums. The previous record was 127, which Colin Ingram achieved in 2019.
The Babar Azam-led Zalmi team got off to a hot start against Roy and opening partner Martin Guptill as they prepared to chase a massive total of 241 runs. Wahab Riaz caught and bowled Guptill, but Roy didn’t turn around.
Along with Will Smeed, they made 109 off just 55 balls. Smeed provided solid support with 22-ball 26. Together, Roy and Mohammad Hafeez, also known as Professor, scored 93 runs off of 39 balls. The experienced Pakistani batsman made 41 runs off of just six boundaries and two maximums.
For Zalmi, only Wahab and Mujeeb Ur Rehman were able to grab a wicket each.
Babar had earlier used his bat to answer his detractors, earning his first PSL century with a strike rate of 171.66.
While Peshawar defeated Quetta Gladiators in the 25th game of the current PSL 8, Babar and Saim Ayub stole the show with an outstanding starting partnership.
Saim maintained his great form and hit 74 off just 34 balls, which included all of his incredible strokes. The left-handed hitter dazzled the audience with six maximums and five boundaries.
Dwaine Pretorius caught the young gun in the 14th over with a slower delivery. Babar continued, however, scoring his first PSL century. The captain received a lot of flak for his strike rate in the previous game. He did, however, demonstrate his ability to score a century once more, and that too with increased scoring efficiency.
After scoring 115 runs, including 15 boundaries and three sixes, he was run out.
Rovman Powell eventually made a rapid 18-ball 35 contributions. The only wicket-taker in the first innings was Pretorius.