Hello and welcome to our live ball-by-ball coverage of the second Eliminator of PSL 2019. Peshawar Zalmi will be taking on Islamabad United for a spot in the final, where Quetta Gladiators await.
Zalmi lost by just 10 runs against Gladiators in the Qualifier, falling short despite a rollicking counter-attacking blast from Kieron Pollard (44 off 22) and captain Darren Sammy (46 off 21), who put on 83 runs in six overs.
Final bit (for now) on the Christchurch attacks. “Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque” – Khaled Mashud, the Bangladesh team manager. That’s how much of a chillingly close call it was.
Peshawar have brought in Umar Amin and Chris Jordan for Misbah and Liam Dawson.
Peshwawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Chris Jordan, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (capt), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Tymal Mills, Nabi Gul
Islamabad United have gone in with an unchanged team.
Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi (wk), Cameron Delport, Alex Hales, Chadwick Walton, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (capt), Muhammad Musa, Rumman Raees
6.36 pm ‘Horrifying tragedy’ – Shahid Afridi. ‘Shocking and tragic’ – Virat Kohli. ‘Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers ‘ – Tamim Iqbal. The reactions to the terror attack.
Mirza Aashar: “Result will be same old fashioned as zalmi will win today and will beat gladiators in final as well… Believe that”
Shaikh Salman: “Quetta deserves the title this year as they are playing with their full strength first time in Pak”
6.32 pm: Islamabad United have won the toss and chosen to bowl.
Asif Rajan: “Its a sad day indeed. People from Pakistan and Pakistan cricket stand united with Bangladesh Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket”
We’ll be having the toss shortly.
6.24 pm Our Bangladesh correspondent, Mohammad Isam, rushed to the scene thanks to a phone call from Tamim Iqbal asking for help. His chilling first-person account of the day as it unfolded makes for sombre reading.
Isam’s video of the Bangladesh players walking rapidly away – they had been advised not to run – brings the horror of the situation home.
Islamabad got past Karachi Kings by four wickets in Eliminator 1, keeping their title defence alive.