Peshawar Zalmi to play third consecutive PSL final


–Peshawar Zalmi 214 for 5 (Kamran 74, Imam 58, Delport 2-24) beat Islamabad United 166 for 9 (Walton 48, Faheem 31, Hasan Ali 3-29) by 48 runs

Peshawar Zalmi qualified to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four final against Quetta Gladiators with a thumping 48-run victory against defending champion Islamabad United in the second eliminator on Sunday.

The Yellow Storm triumphed over United in all parts of the game. As in response to the mammoth 215 run-target, the United were restricted to 166 runs.

In the first innings of the game, Zalmi opener Kamran Akmal slammed down the United bowling attack with an inspiring 74 off 43, from 10 boundaries and three sixes, he was well assisted by Imamul Haq with his 58 off 33.

Cameron Delport gave the breakthrough to the team with the back-to-back wickets of the openers. The hurdles were not over for the Sami’s team as the Pollard-Sammy due with their power-hitting neutralised United pace attack in the death overs.

Shadab Khan took the wicket of Sohaib Maqsood – the only Zalmi batsman to not play a substantive inning today.

Wahab Riaz was run out on the first ball of the 19th over by fast bowler Rumman Raees.

Zalmi bowling unit faced no serious resistance from the opponents – with the exceptional performance of Chadwick Walton (48) and Faheem Ashraf (31). Power hitter Asif Ali was dismissed on a duck.

Hasan Ali and Chris Jordan picked three wickets each. Wahab Riaz and Tymal Mills and Kieron Pollard picked one wicket each.