A scintillating 65-ball 104 from Kamran Akmal powered Peshawar Zalmi into the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), as they beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs at the Dubai Internation Stadium on Friday (March 3).
Chasing a mammoth 182 for victory, Chris Gayle and Babar Azam failed to provide any momentum to the run chase as Karachi got off to a nothing start. Gayle took 9 deliveries to get off the mark, while Babar wasted 7 balls before he skied one to hand a simple catch to Jordan. The pressure exerted by Peshawar early in the innings took a toll on Sangakkara(15) and Ravi Bopara(6), who both also got out just inside 9 overs to left Karachi in tatters.
Had it not been for Gayle(40) finding his mojo late in the innings and Kieron Pollard scoring a blazing 26-ball 47, Karachi wouldn’t have challenged the above par 181 Peshawar had managed while batting first. Both of them were accounted by Wahab Riaz — who claimed the best figures of the match (3-24) — to end Karachi Kings’ PSL 2017 campiagn.
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Earlier, Kamran Akmal(104) and David Malan(36) provided Zalmi with an ideal start, as they had raced to 97 in 11.3 overs before they were separated. Marlon Samuels finally found himself among the runs as he scored 37 off 22 deliveries.
Peshawar Zalmi will now take on Quetta Gladiators in a much-anticipated finale at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, which is scheduled for March 5 (Sunday).