Jason Roy makes PSL history with record-breaking innings

Jason Roy has just hit 145* (63) to chase 241 in the PSL

Jason Roy has just hit 145* (63) to chase 241 in the PSL

During the 25th fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 8) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, Jason Roy, the opening batsman of Quetta Gladiators, delivered an awe-inspiring performance with the bat. He broke a new record for the highest number of runs scored in a single match, scoring an unbeaten 145 runs. Roy’s remarkable batting display helped his team achieve a convincing eight-wicket triumph over Peshawar Zalmi,

The 32-year-old batsman showcased a phenomenal performance by scoring a century off just 44 deliveries, which secured him the title of the second-fastest century scorer in the history of Pakistan Super League. The fastest century record still belongs to Rilee Russouw of Multan Sultans, who achieved the feat in 43 deliveries against Quetta Gladiators in 2020. Harry Brooks of Lahore Qalandars holds the record for the third-fastest century in PSL, scoring a 48-ball century in February 2022 against Islamabad United.

Jason Roy has become the first foreign cricketer to achieve the feat of scoring two centuries in the PSL. In the previous season, he scored 116 runs against Lahore Qalandars in Karachi. During the match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, the PSL witnessed another historic moment as Babar Azam, the captain of Peshawar Zalmi, also scored a century, making it the first instance in the PSL’s history where two centuries have been scored in a single match.

Both teams showcased a thrilling display of batting, and Roy’s exceptional performance proved to be the game-changer for his team as they secured an emphatic victory. Without a doubt, Jason Roy’s remarkable performance will go down as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Pakistan Super League.

 

Mohammad Nawaz, the captain of the Quetta team, expressed his delight at the match-winning innings played by his team. He acknowledged that every captain wishes for such a performance and that it would be a memorable moment for him and his team. The plan was to show intent from the very first ball, which was executed well by Guptill and Roy. Hafeez’s quick 40 also helped build a crucial partnership. Nawaz explained that sending Hafeez at number 4 was an easy decision as they needed a partnership to stabilize the innings.

Looking ahead to the next game, Nawaz stated that his team would try to play well and give their best shot to make it to the playoffs.

Babar Azam, the captain of the Peshawar team, credited Jason Roy’s performance for changing the game entirely. He admitted that their bowling was not up to the mark and that they failed to execute their plan as discussed. Azam believed that adding another spinner would not have helped as the pitch was favorable for batting. He also praised Saim Ayub’s performance as a young player improving day by day, which is good for Pakistan cricket.

Babar emphasized that as professionals, they would identify what went wrong and discuss it to improve their performance. He acknowledged the challenge of having back-to-back games and hoped that his team would come back stronger.

Jason Roy, who was named Player of the Match, expressed his happiness about his performance. He shared that he had fun playing on such a favorable wicket with shorter boundaries. He believed that playing proper shots was crucial on pitches like these, making it tough for the bowlers. He acknowledged that his team had come up short in this tournament but hoped that this win would give them something to smile about. He cherished every moment of the match-winning innings.

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