The first game of the second edition of Pakistan Super League saw defending champions Islamabad United battle it out against Peshawar Zalmi at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The reigning champs delivered a clinical performance with bat as Brad Haddin top scored with 73 runs off 39 balls. Dwayne Smith also chipped with a useful half-century to see the side clinch the win by seven wickets via Duckworth-Lewis method after game was curtailed due to rain in the area.
Shane Watson remained unbeaten till the end and saw the side chase down a revised score of 173 runs from 18 overs to kick-start their season with a win in their opening game. Peshawar Zalmi lacked potency throughout the innings as the likes of Haddin and Smith played sensibly to see their side clinch a comfortable win despite poor start to the innings.
Peshawar Zalmi batted first as Kamran Akmal and Dawid Malan put on show with the bat to add 122 runs in space of 11 overs.Akmal top scored for the side with 88 runs off 48 balls and struck six sixes in his innings.Malan also scored 43 runs off 30 balls to prove to be good foil for Akmal at the other end.The departure of Akmal saw the side lost momentum in the last five overs as the likes of Afridi and co could only add 40 runs to see the side register 190 runs from 20 overs.
Islamabad United produced a good performance as they will be no pushovers come this second season of the league after their triumph against Zalmi in the opening game. Peshawar will have to put in better display with the ball to remain a threat in the competition.