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Sharjeel ton helps Islamabad United cruise into PSL final

DUBAI: Islamabad United will face Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) after they thrashed Peshawar Zalmi by 50 runs in the third play off on Sunday evening at Dubai, ARY News reported.

Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and invited Islamabad United to bat first in the crucial match.

The Islamabad side scored 176/3 in their 20 overs as Sharjeel Khan scored the first century of the tournament. He was supported by Dwayne Smith as the two put up a 108-run stand on the first wicket before the West Indian batsman was dismissed leg before from the bowling of Shaun Tait.

Brad Haddin couldn’t contribute anything to the side as he was trapped lbw by Tait on his first ball. Khalid Latif remained unbeaten at 28 runs.

Sharjeel Khan scored 117 runs before he was run out. He hit 12 fours and eight sixes.

Chasing 177 runs to win, Peshawar Zalmi lost their first wicket on 24 runs as Dawid Malan was caught behind by Haddin after making seven runs from the bowling of Samuel Badree. The second wicket fell for 59 runs as Mohammad Hafeez was taken by Asif Ali from the bowling of Imran Khalid after contributing eight runs for the team.

The Peshawar side continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Khalid took his wicket tally to four after dismissing Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy and Brad Hodge as the batsmen scored 45, five and nine respectively.

Shahid Yousuf and Wahab Riaz contributed four with the blade while Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali made a run each.

Skipper Shahid Afridi, scoring late runs, made 38 from 17 before being caught at the boundary by Dwayne Smith from the bowling of Andre Russell.

Russell then ended the match by bowling Mohammad Asghar for a naught.

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