England opening batsman, Jason Roy, went all guns blazing on Wednesday at Pindi Cricket Stadium. He played a meteoric inning of 145 runs just after joining Gladiators only on the morning of the match against Peshawar Zalmi.
While talking in the post-match conference, the right-handed batsman was appreciative of Zalmi’s captain, Babar Azam’s maiden PSL century.
“That was incredible to watch; unfortunately, it was against us. I mean, it is the sort of stuff I watch on TV loads of times, with Babar the way he plays. I think that was his eighth hundred, and to watch it first-hand, it was extremely special, and he is a beautiful player to watch,” said Roy on Babar,” Roy said.
“And he was helped extremely well from the other end with his opening partner [Saim], the youngster coming through. To watch Babar first-hand was very special, but he could’ve done with getting a little less to make it easier for us. But it made for an incredible game of cricket and the one I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” he added.
Zalmi’s skipper and young batter, Saim Ayub, dominated in the first half of the game and managed to hit the second-highest partnership of HBL PSL 8. Both of them collectively scored 162 runs. Ayub was sent back to the pavilion at 74, while Babar contributed 84 runs to the explosive partnership and finished with 115-run inning.