Kamran Akmal blistering 77 runs of 27 balls, leads Peshawar Zalmi to the finals
A record-breaking 77 off 27 deliveries by opener Kamran Akmal on Wednesday propelled defending champions Peshawar Zalmi into the Pakistan Super League final, as they beat Karachi Kings by 13 runs at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
Zalmi posted a towering 171-run target for Karachi Kings, whose bowlers crumbled under pressure as Akmal scored his half-century in just 17 balls, the fastest half-century in PSL history.
A resilient fightback by the Kings batsmen, led by Babar Azam’s 63 off 45, was not enough as the team could only score 157 runs in the match reduced to 16-overs a side due to rain.
The Darren Sammy-led Zalmi will face Islamabad United, who won the first edition of the tournament in 2016, in the tournament final at Karachi’s National Stadium on March 25 (Sunday)—The first time a PSL match will be held in the city.
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.