Kamran Akmal’s incredible 77 takes Peshawar Zalmi to PSL 2018 final

  • The wicket keeper-batsman smashed fastest half-century of Pakistan Super League's history
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LAHORE – Kamran Akmal’s record-breaking 77 off 27 deliveries propelled Peshawar Zalmi into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final as they ousted Karachi Kings by 13 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

Zalmi set a towering 171-run target for Karachi Kings, whose bowlers crumbled under pressure as Akmal scored his half-century in just 17 balls.

The Zalmi’s striker broke the record of the fastest fifty in the history of Pakistan Super League (PSL), surpassing Islamabad United’s Luke Ronchi to achieve his feat.

The match started at 8:15pm. The fixture was reduced to 16 overs per side rain in Lahore.

Sammy-led Zalmi squad will face Islamabad United in Karachi on March 25.
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Second Innings

First Innings

The high-voltage match start was delayed for more than an hour due to a wet outfield.

Mohammad Amir will be leading the Kings as Imad Wasim and Shahid Afridi are both out due to injuries while Eoin Morgan has not travelled to Pakistan. Mukhtar Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar and Danish Aziz come into their squads as covers for those injured.

Playing XI:
Karachi Kings: Mohammad Amir (captain), J Denly, Mukhtar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, R Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan, Usama Mir, Usman Shinwari, T Mills, Danish Aziz

Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (captain), Kamran Akmal (wk), A Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, L Dawson, C Jordan, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul

The winner of the match will directly go to the final and play against Islamabad United on March 25. The loser will be knocked out of the tournament.

The match is scheduled to play at 7:00pm tonight. PTV Sports and Ten Sports will broadcast Live match in Pakistan and UAE.

You can also download Goonj application for live streaming. Cricket fans can also view the match online on the PSL-T20 Official website. For the live score, updates, and analysis, you can follow dailypakistan.com.pk.

On Tuesday, Peshawar Zalmi knocked Quetta Gladiators out of the PSL third edition with a one-run victory in the first eliminator in Lahore.

All the tickets for the match have been sold out. Strict security measures have been taken to ensure no untoward incident takes place during the match. Contingents of law enforcement agencies and security teams have been deployed inside and outside the stadium.

Match Prediction

Karachi 40%

Peshawar 60%

Weather Report

Mostly cloudy. Light rain expected.