Kamran Akmal’s record blitz propels Peshawar to PSL final


LAHORE: A record-breaking 77 runs off 27 deliveries by opener Kamran Akmal against Karachi Kings on Wednesday propelled former champions Peshawar Zalmi into the final of the Pakistan Super League on Wednesday.

Babar Azam fell after a resilient 45-ball 63 in Karachi Kings’ chase of 171 in the rain-reduced second eliminator at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Peshawar Zalmi were given an early breakthrough by pacer Sameen Gul who removed opener Mukhtar Ahmed for 1 off 3, after Kamran Akmal’s record-breaking fifty propelled Peshawar Zalmi to 170-7 in the 16 overs-a-side match.

Just as the required run rate loomed bigger than ever, Babar Azam and Joe Denly took charge and nicked some neat boundaries to make for an interesting chase.

Kamran Akmal’s blitz

Put in to bat by Karachi Kings, Kamran Akmal smashed the fastest fifty in the history of PSL, surpassing Islamabad United’s Luke Ronchi to reach his feat with a powerful six off just 17 balls.

Despite looking set for another century this season, Kamran was out after hitting 77 off 27 balls as Ravi Bopara provided some respite to Karachi after the team’s decision to bowl first.

Andre Fletcher was the first to be dismissed by a hapless-looking Karachi, going after a 30-ball 34.

Bopara claimed his third wicket when he caught and bowled Mohammad Hafeez for 13, briefly pegging back Peshawar’s run fest.

Liam Dawson, who was Peshawar’s highest scorer in the first eliminator against Quetta Gladiators, fell after run-a-ball 13 in an eventual breakthrough for Usman Khan Shinwari, whose nightmare with the ball continued.

Skipper Darren Sammy, still struggling with a knee injury, managed 23 runs off 12 balls. Saad Nasim was run out after a sluggish 2 runs, while Wahab Riaz was out on golden duck.

Ravi Bopara led the wickets tally with 3 for 35. Tymal Mills claimed 2 wickets in return for 23 runs.

A wet outfield delayed the start of the knockout match, after intermittent rain most of the day. The game started at 8:15pm PST and was reduced to 16 overs a side.

Peshawar are without opener Tamim Iqbal, who is battling an injury. Karachi are without star all-rounder Shahid Afridi who is out due to a knee injury. The team also does not have the services of recovering skipper Imad Wasim, and is being led by Mohammad Amir.

Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators in a last-ball thriller last night, cementing their place in the second eliminator of against Karachi Kings.

Peshawar and Karachi played each other twice during the group stages of the tournament, with Karachi Kings winning the first match by five wickets and Peshawar Zalmi winning the second by 44 runs.

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

error: Content is protected !!