Kamran Akmal’s masterclass helps Peshawar Zalmi thrash Karachi Kings by 44 runs

Peshawar register 44-run win on Thursday

Kamran Akmal produced an inspirational knock and Liam Dawson’s brilliant spell helped Peshawar Zalmi thrash Karachi Kings by 44 runs in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s third edition in Sharjah on Thursday.

In a match where Zalmi had to win to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs, it was captain Darren Sammy who won the toss and opted to bat first.His decision at point looked a wrong one, as the defending champions were going for less than six runs per over and had already lost Mohammad Hafeez and Dwayne Smith.

But a drop catch by Colin Ingram of Akmal on the bowling of leg-spinner Usama Mir turned the game upside down as wicketkeeper-batsman smashed Kings’ bowlers all over the ground to help his team post a competitive total of 181-6 in their 20 overs. Kamran Akmal finished the innings with the top score of 75 off 51, including three fours and six sixes. He was well-supported by young Saad Nasim and captain Sammy, who scored 35 off 18 and 36 not out off 15 balls respectively.

For Kings, left-arm fast-bowler Usman Khan Shinwari was the best bowler on the show as he claimed figures of three 11 in his four overs.Kings right-arm pacer Muhammad Irfan Jr. bowled the most expensive over in the PSL history where he went for 28 runs.

Chasing 182 was never going to be easy for the Kings side, and so it proved to be as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually managed just 138 for 8.Young Babar Azam was the standout performer for the Kings in the batting department, as he scored 66 off 50 balls with the help of four fours and four maximums.

For Zalmi, left-arm spinner Dawson was the star of the show, as he claimed figures of three for 17 in his four overs.For his outstanding batting performance, Akmal was named the player of the match.

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