Islamabad United overcome Peshawar Zalmi to lift PSL crown

Islamabad beat Peshawar by three wickets to clinch their second title

Cricket euphoria gripped the city of Karachi as PSL 2018 final saw Islamabad United pull off a three wicket win to clinch their second title. Reigning Champions Peshawar Zalmi did put their best with the bat and managed to post a modest total on the board courtesy of cameos produced by Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson.

Chasing 149, Islamabad United got off to a decent start as openers Luke Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan attacked the bowlers in the initial overs of the innings.  They were comfortably placed at 96 for 0 after nine overs but a batting implosion saw them slump to 116 for 6 in a span of five overs. Asif Ali smashed three big sixes to see Islamabad United clinch their second title. The crucial moment for Peshawar came when wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal dropped Asif Ali.

Earlier, Darren Sammy won the toss for Peshawar Zalmi and decided to put runs on the board. Samit Patel started the proceedings with his left-arm orthodox spin and provided an early breakthrough to remove in-form Kamran Akmal to see Islamabad take control of the game.

Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson played well in the middle overs and put on 52 runs to see Peshawar Zalmi keep the scoreboard ticking. Islamabad United’s premier spinner Shadab Khan produced his best spell of the competition to dismiss Darren Sammy and Umaid Asif in quick succession. A late brisk cameo from Wahab Riaz, saw Peshawar add crucial at the end to post 148 runs on the board. Shadab was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets from his four-over spell.

Luke Ronchi was awarded man of the tournament for his scoring more than 400 runs for Islamabad United. He also adjudged man of the match for his sublime half-century.

It was a sellout crowd for PSL final as cricket returned to Karachi after a period of 9 years. West Indies is set to tour Pakistan next week and play three T20 series. All the games will be played at National Cricket Stadium, Karachi starting from 1st April.

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