PSL 2018: Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings to storm into final

“Shane Watson had earlier committed he will travel to Pakistan but backed off at last minute,” says Omer Nadeem

Peshawar will now take on Karachi Kings in the second eliminator in Lahore on Wednesday and the victor of that match will face Islamabad United in the final in Karachi on Sunday.

Zalmi last year ousted Karachi Kings from the second eliminator on their way to the final last year and have also beaten them in the reverse match after losing the first game. Denly remained not out at 79 (9x4, 4x6) with Ingram lingering at the other end. His terrific 77 of 27 balls crushed the defending champions Peshawar Zalmi.

The previous record for the fastest 50 of the PSL was held by Islamabad's Luke Ronchi, who achieved the feat off 19 balls against the Karachi Kings.

Karachi Kings will also hope their batsmen Babar Azam and Khurram Manzoor return to form after failing in the last game against Islamabad United while bowlers Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari given them crucial wickets. The decision, however, backfired as the Zalmi's opening pair of Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher gave their team a resounding start with a 107-run partnership. Zalmi had one change with its opener Tamim Iqbal replaced by the English all-rounder Chris Jordon while Kings made three changes in the side; Danish Aziz, Mukhtar Ahmed and Ravi Bopara, in for Morgan, Afridi and Imad Wasim.

Pakistan pacer Umaid Asif put on a stunning display with the ball as he scalped two wickets in quick succession during the chase and played a pivotal role in Peshawar's victory.

Intermittent rain since morning left everyone in a fix but even then fans from across the city assembled in great numbers at the stadium to be part of the second eliminator. The first ball is scheduled to be bowled at 7.30 PM with toss at 7 PM IST.

All the tickets for the match have been sold out. Contingents of law enforcement agencies and security teams have been deployed inside and outside the stadium.

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