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Islamabad win PSL final with Karachi back on int’l cricket map

KARACHI: Luke Ronchi and Asif Ali pumped quick runs into the scorecard to guide Islamabad United to telling victory against Peshawar Zalmi in the high-voltage grand finale of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 3 in Karachi on Sunday. In pursuit for 149 runs target, Ronchi's blistering fifty set the momentum, but immediately after his wicket was thrown a domino-effect of falling of wickets was witnessed on one side, as only Sahibzada Farhan had his wicket intact for quite a longer run, until Kamran Akmal's costly miss…

Karachi Kings cruise into PSL playoffs after beating Islamabad by 7 wickets

SHARJAH: Karachi Kings cruised into Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after thrashing Islamabad United by seven wickets in their must-win match here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. Karachi Kings and Islamabad United will clash again in the first playoff on Sunday. Player of the Match, Usman Khan's blazing bowling spell with four for 17 clubbed by Shahid Afridi's two for 18 restricted Islamabad to 124. Only lower middle-order batsman Asif Ali made fiery 34 off 14 with four 6s and a boundary, otherwise no…

Kamran inspires Peshawar to win over Karachi

SHARJAH: Opener Kamran Akmal played the role of trump card for Peshawar Zalmi,  leading to their 44-run victory, in their must-win game against Karachi Kings at Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Thursday. Zalmi bowlers ripped through Karachi's top order as only Babar Azam could keep his wicket intact for longer run with modest 66 from 50 balls, while chasing magisterial 182-run target. Joe Denly (0), Colin Ingram (0), Eoin Morgan (5) and Ravi Bopara (7) fell cheaply. Then, Shahid Afridi took the charge and gave the…

Frenzy of excitement as PSL final tickets go on sale

KARACHI: Cricket fans queued up Thursday morning to buy tickets of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 3 final, which will mark the return of international cricket in the city. The tickets for the much-awaited final in Karachi are being sold at 32 designated TCS Express Centers across the city. The tickets went on sale at Yayvo.com at midnight, drawing a large number of visitors to the website. It is reported that the tickets between the range of Rs1,000 and Rs4,000 were sold out soon after they were up for sale. The…

Shinwari will learn from no-ball experience, says Arthur

KARACHI: Karachi Kings head coach Mickey Arthur hoped pace bowler Usman Shinwari will learn from the bitter experience of delivering a no-ball which tied the match against Lahore Qalandars before they lost in Super over in Dubai on Sunday. Needing 16 to overhaul Karachi Kings's 163-5, Lahore batsman Sohail Akhtar took a couple, hit a boundary and then smashed a six to bring the target to four off the last three balls. Mitchell McClenaghan was then run out off the fourth delivery. Gulraiz Sadaf took a single to give…

Karachi Kings eye PSL play-off in clash against Qalandars

DUBAI: Karachi Kings will target a place in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) play-offs as they take on an already ousted Lahore Qalanadars in the only match of the league in Dubai on Sunday. Karachi have nine points from seven matches and need only one win to qualify for the last four stages of the league while their opponents have nothing at stake other than to salvage some pride after winning just one of their seven matches. A victory of Quetta Gladiators, top of the table with ten points, over Peshawar Zalmi on…

Sarfraz’s responsible knock takes Quetta to win against Peshawar

DUBAI: Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's stellar performances led Quetta Gladiators' victory against Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in Dubai on Friday, a result which also ended all hopes for Lahore Qalandars to qualify for play-offs. Watson hit a solid 37 and took two wickets to lay down the foundation for Quetta to chase a modest 158-run target in 19.2 overs, while Sarfraz played a skipper's knock with unbeaten 45 to successfully achieve the target. This is twice…

Duminy stars as Islamabad beat Peshawar by 26 runs

DUBAI: JP Duminy guided Islamabad United to hoard second highest total (182-5) of the tournament and beat Peshawar Zalmi by 26 runs in the 21st fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season three at Dubai International Stadium on Friday. This time it was Duminy (73 off 54) who filled in for Luke Ronchi, smashing the ball brilliantly all around the park including six boundaries and four sixes. For a dynamic innings of 73 not out, @jpduminy21 is our Man of the Match#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe #IUvPZ…

Devastating Shaheen Afridi leads Lahore’s first victory

DUBAI: Teenage left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi recorded the most economical bowling figures in the history of Pakistan Super League (PSL) to steer Lahore to their first win in this year's edition with a six-wicket victory against table toppers Multan Sultans in Dubai on Friday. The 17-year-old pacer from Federally Administered Tribal Areas knocked the formidable Multan Sultans' batting with figures of 5-4 in 3.4 overs as Multan were derailed from a steady 92-1 to 114 all out in 19.4 overs. 63-runs partnership between…