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Belligerent Kamran punishes Karachi to lift Peshawar in final

LAHORE: Discraded Pakistan opener Kamran Akmal smashed a fiery half century to help Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings by 13 runs in the second eliminator in Lahore on Wednesday to take the title holders into the Pakistan Super League final.

Kamran’s 27-ball 77 had eight towering sixes and five bounfdaries which lifted Peshawar Zalmi to 170-7 in a rain reduced 16-over-a-side match before another packed Gaddafi stadium.

Babar Azam and Joe Denly also scored half centuries but they could not pace up the innings against some tight Peshawar bowling and managed 157-2 in 16 overs.

The victory means Peshawar deprived Karachi Kings of a home final, where they now meet former champions Islamabad United on Sunday.

Joe Denly made an unbeaten 46-ball 79 while Babar Azam scored 45-ball 63 but they were always behind the required run rate as Karachi Kings needed 72 in the last five and 27 in the last over.

Denly hit four sixes and nine boundaries but could never smash enough boundaries to threat Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi Kings needed 72 in the last five overs and 27 in the final.

Karachi Kings were plagued with injuries as they had to leave out Shahid Afridi (knee) and Imad Wasim (head injury) forcing them to appoint another stand-in captain in Mohammad Amir.

They also included former Pakistan Twenty20 opener Mukhtar Ahmed and Karachi’s youngster Danish Aziz while Peshawar brought back paceman Chris Jordan for injured Tamim Iqbal who retunred home with a knee injury.

Kamran ran rampage right from the start as he seems to answer his criticis who are against his inclusion in the national team.

Kamran’s knock included 68 runs in boundaries as Peshawar reached 54 in five and 120 in ten overs after they were put into bat by Amir.

Kamran smashed three boundaries and two sixes in taking 25 in Usman Shinwari’s seventh over of the innings before smacking a six off Usama Mir to reach his fourth half century in this year’s PSL. He then welcomes new entry Danish Aziz with two consecutive sixes.

Kamran was finally dismissed in the tenth over but not before taking his tally in this year’s PSL to 424 runs in 12 matches.



Over 16 – Karachi Kings 157/2 (Denly 79*, Ingram 5*)

(15.6) FOUR! Slower at off, Ingram slapped it to wide of mid-off for a boundary.

Wahab Riaz bowls the last over

Over 15 – Karachi Kings 144/2 (Denly 72*, Ingram 0*)

(14.6) FOUR! On the pads of Denly, he tickled it past Darren Sammy at short fine leg.

(14.5) FOUR! Joe Denly struck it straight beating the mid-off fielder.

(14.4) SIX! Fuller and faster from Hasan Ali, Joe Denly lofted down the ground.

(14.3) OUT! Shorter of a length from Hasan Ali and slower at pacer, Babar pulled it to deep mid wicket but could not get enough power behind it, an easy catch for Liam Dawson. He scored 63 off 45 balls.

Hasan Ali bowls the penultimate over

Over 14 – Karachi Kings 128/1 (Denly 57*, Babar 62*)

(13.4) FOUR! A length delivery from Jordan is smashed through the off side by Babar Azam.

Chris Jordan bowls

Over 13 – Karachi Kings 121/1 (Denly 56*, Babar 56*)

(12.6) FOUR! Full at off stump, Denly made room and struck powerfully at extra cover for another boundary.

(12.2) FOUR! Low full-toss at the middle stump from Hasan Ali, Babar Azam caressed it through cover for a boundary.

Hasan Ali bowls

Over 12 – Karachi Kings 110/1 (Denly 51*, Babar 50*)

(11.6) SIX! Fuller delivery from Umaid Asif is deposited over straight boundary for precious six runs and he brought up his half-century with it as well.

Umaid Asif bowls

Over 11 – Karachi Kings 99/1 (Denly 43*, Babar 47*)

(10.4) FOUR! A full and fast delivery is muscled by Joe Denly down the ground for another boundary.

(10.3) FOUR! A pacy delivery outside off from Wahab got the outside edge of Denly that raced away for a boundary beating the third man fielder.

(10.1) SIX! Full and fast from Wahab Riaz, Babar Azam just lofted it down the ground for a glorious hit.

(10.1) SIX! Full and fast from Wahab Riaz, Babar Azam just lofted it down the ground for a glorious hit.

Wahab Riaz bowls

Over 10 – Karachi Kings 82/1 (Denly 34*, Babar 39*)

Umaid Asif continues

Over 9 – Karachi Kings 77/1 (Denly 33*, Babar 37*)

Chris Jordan bowls

Over 8 – Karachi Kings 69/1 (Denly 30*, Babar 32*)

(7.5) FOUR! A length ball at the right line outside off stump, Babar Azam edged it to third man for another boundary.

(7.2) FOUR! A length delivery from Umaid at the middle stump is guided to fine third man for a boundary.

Umaid Asif comes on to bowl for the first time tonight

Over 7 – Karachi Kings 57/1 (Denly 29*, Babar 21*)

(6.1) FOUR! Babar used the fierce pace of Wahab Riaz to his advantage as he guided a short of a length delivery at off stump for a boundary to the third man.

Wahab Riaz is brought into the attack by Darren Sammy

Over 6 Karachi Kings 51/1 (Denly 28*, Babar 15*)

(5.6) SIX! A length delivery at middle and leg stump from Sameen is lofted over mid-wicket by Joe Denly for a six.

(5.3) FOUR! It is a four off bye, Denly was looking to make room, Sameen followed him and he deceived the batsman as well as the keeper.

Over 5 – Karachi Kings 37/1 9 (Denly 21*, Babar 14*)

(4.5) FOUR! Slower outside off on a fuller length, Babar cut it away for another boundary.

(4.4) SIX! Jordan slipped down to Babar Azam’s pads, he flicked it for massive six over fine leg.

Chris Jordan comes on to bowl

Over 4 – Karachi Kings 25/1 (Denly 20*, Babar 3*)

(3.3) SIX! Joe Denly made room by moving to leg stump, a middle stump delivery is deposited over cover boundary for the first six of the inning.

Sameen Gul continues

Over 3 – Karachi Kings 17/1 (Denly 14*, Babar 2*)

Over 2- Karachi Kings 16-1 (Babar 1*, Denly 14*)

(1.2) OUT! At the off stump, Mukhtar looked to go down the ground but edged it to Sammy to dived to his right to take a sharp catch. He scored 1 run off 3 balls.

Sameen Gul bowls from the other end

Over 1- Karachi Kings 13-0 ((Mukhtar 1*, Denly 12*)

Hassan Ali

Karachi Kings start their innings with Joe Denly and Mukhtar Ahmed in the middle


Over 16 – Peshawar Zalmi 170/7 (Jordan 0, Hasan 0*)

Over 15- Peshawar Zalmi 159-4 (Sammy 13* Nasim 2*)

Mohammad Amir bowls his last over

Over 14- Peshawar Zalmi 153-4 (Sammy 9* Nasim 1*)

Shinwari takes Dawson

Over 13 – Peshawar Zalmi 141/3 (Dawson 13*, Sammy 2*)

Mohammad Amir

Over 12- Peshawar Zalmi 142-3 (Dawson* 13- Sammy 2*)

Over 12- Peshawar Zalmi 137-3 (Dawson* 11)

Bopara takes Hafeez

Over 11 – Peshawar Zalmi 130/2 (Dawson 9*, Hafeez 8*)

Usama Mir

Over 10 – Peshawar Zalmi 120/2 (Dawson 7*)

Bopara takes Fletcher and Akmal

OUT! Andre Fletcher looked to get a six over long-on, he could not middle the ball properly and Joe Denly took a well-judged catch just inside the boundary. He scored 34 off 30 deliveries.

Over 9 – Peshawar Zalmi 107/0 (Kamran 71*, Fletcher 34*)

Bowler: Danish Aziz

Over 8 – Peshawar Zalmi 91/0 (Kamran 57*, Fletcher 32*)

Tymal Mills

Over 7 – Peshawar Zalmi 69/0 (Kamran 55*, Fletcher 31*)

Usama Mir

Over 6 – Peshawar Zalmi 69/0 (Kamran 37*, Fletcher 30*)

Mohammad Amir

Over 5- Peshawar Zalmi 54/0 (Kamran 36*, Fletcher 16*)

Bowler: Usman Shinwari

Over 4 – Peshawar Zalmi 29/0 (Kamran 11*, Fletcher 16*)

Bowler: Tymal Mills

Over 3 – Peshawar Zalmi 19/0 (Kamran 11*, Fletcher 6*)

Bowler: Muhammad Amir

Over 2 – Peshawar Zalmi 15/0 (Kamran 11*, Fletcher 3*)

Bowler: Usman Shinwari


Over 1 – Peshawar Zalmi 2/0 (Kamran 0*, Fletcher 1*)

Bowler: Muhammad Amir



Karachi Kings: Mukhtar Ahmed, Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Rizwan, Usama Mir, Mohammad Amir (c), Tymal Mills, Usman Shinwari

Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy (c), Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul

Karachi Kings win toss, elect to field first. The match has been reduced to 16-overs per innings after rain delayed the encounter.






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