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Akmal's blitz keeps Peshawar alive
PSL 2018

Akmal's blitz keeps Peshawar alive

It was a must-win game for Peshawar Zalmi to stay alive in the tournament. Peshawar posted 181/6 their highest total this season; it proved 44 runs too many for Karachi Kings in the end. Peshawar Zalmi will have to win their game against Lahore Qalandars tomorrow to make it to the playoffs and Karachi Kings will also have to win their last game against Islamabad United. If Karachi or Zalmi lose tomorrow, Multan Sultans will qualify.

Karachi Kings never looked like they’d be able to chase 182. They opened with Joe Denly and Babar Azam: Denly fell for a knot in the third over as Hassan Ali drew first blood. Babar Azam (66 off 50) with yet another half-century this season was the only batsman who looked in control. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end: Shahid Afridi (26 off 8) and Mohammad Rizwan (16 off 18) were the other two batsmen who made it to double figures. Liam Dawson the left-arm spinner was the pick of the bowlers for Zalmi with 3 for 17. Umaid Asif and Wahab Riaz shared 2 wickets each. Karachi Kings could only manage 137/8 from 20 overs.

Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi chose to bat first and made most out of it. Kamran Akmal smashed seventy-five off fifty-one to give Peshawar the much-needed boost upfront; Akmal’s blistering knock also earned him the player of the match award. Saad Nasim (35 off 18) and Darren Sammy’s (36* off 15) late order onslaught gave Peshawar their highest team total this season. Peshawar smacked thirty-seven from the last seven balls. Usman Khan Shinwari was the only talking point of Karachi’s bowling, he took 3 for just 11 runs.