Match Over - Peshawar Zalmi won by 13 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Karachi Kings, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
  • Referee: Mohammed Anees
  • When: 21 Mar 2018, 16:00 SAST
  • Winner: Peshawar Zalmi
  • Man of the Match: Kamran Akmal


  • Umpire1: Aleem Dar
  • Umpire2: Shozab Raza
  • Third Umpire: Asif Yaqoob



Overs: 16.0 / 16.0

Karachi Kings



Overs: 16.0 / 16.0

Peshawar Zalmi

Over to the final on March 25 then. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Hope to see you for the grand finale. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore and Akshay Gopalakrishnan saying goodbye.

11.30pm No home final for Karachi. Instead, Peshawar Zalmi will have an opportunity to defend their crown on Sunday at the National Stadium. The difference between both sides tonight: Kamran Akmal. Much-maligned in these parts of the world, but the impact he's had on Zalmi can't be understated.

Peshawar Zalmi had to win four games on a trot at one stage to get to the final and they did. Daren Sammy has literally hobbled on one leg for a better part of the last four days to lead them into the final. Can they cap off with the ultimate crowning glory on Sunday?

Time for the presentation:

Kamran Akmal , who smashed a 27-ball 77, PSL's fastest half-century, proved to be the X factor on the night. No surprises than that he's Player of the Match too. He started the tournament poorly, made three ducks along the way but boy, didn't he rev up when it mattered most? He receives the Hanif Mohammed cap from Younis Khan for being the highest run-getter in the tournament at the moment.

Peshawar Zalmi captain Daren Sammy: Akmal's partnership with Fletchee was exceptional. The guys have shown good character. The strength of this team is all of us stick together. Coming here, the support we had from the fans was amazing. Two exciting games, we couldn't have asked for more.

Karachi Kings' stand-in captain Mohammad Amir: Today was Kamran Akmal's day. Whatever he hit connected today. It would've been fun to play the final in Karachi. For now, we'll have to learn from our mistakes.

Kapil: "Hindsight is beautiful but Azam's innings actually lost Karachi the game. He starts off ridiculously slowly and keeping Ingram in hut and sending Azam was the poorest decision by Arthur. Remember they were chasing 171 in 16, not 20 overs. And in PP, overs 2-4, they scored only 12 runs"

faisal : "Champion Vs Champion, Ronchi Vs Kamran, Sami Vs Wahab, Sammy Vs Misbah The Most Suited Final For PSL2018 "

Hamza: "What a final there is going to be it will also be the contest between Kamran vs Ronchi for top scorer and Faheem vs Wahab for leading wickets."

Visakh: "Completely agree with Kapil. Babar faced nearly half of the 96 balls and got 63 runs.. other batsmen needed to get 107 runs off the other half balls left."

Hasan Ali on Zalmi's qualification: I returned to play after a month, it seems like I've found my rhythm back. Today, the way Kamran Akmal played, no praise is enough for him. He's been batting well all tournament. Third PSL in a row that he's contributed.

Soham Sarkhel says: "Having wickets in hand very much overrated in T20s. Karachi Kings failed to match up to the pace. A batsman has to keep taking the occasional risks, resources not fully utilised otherwise."

15.6Wahab Riaz to CA Ingram, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, backs away and slaps this short delivery to the wide long-off fence, but it doesn't matter. Sammy roars, Zalmi fans roar. Karachi had two shots at the final and they've failed in both. PSL 2016 champs v PSL 2017 champs to contest the grand finale in 2018 .
15.5Wahab Riaz to JL Denly, 1 run, pulls this short ball on middle to deep square. Game over. Karachi's hopes extinguished..
15.4Wahab Riaz to JL Denly, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, slapped over cover, good strike, clean strike. But this won't do..
15.3Wahab Riaz to JL Denly, No run, swing and a miss. Have they nipped this in the bud? Slower bouncer on middle, played too early in trying to pull.

Need a six off each and every delivery now.

15.2Wahab Riaz to JL Denly, 2 runs, he's sliced this over the infield, bounces away towards the point boundary. Deep cover comes around to cut that off. Wanted to hit over long-off but didn't get power on that slower onr.
15.1Wahab Riaz to CA Ingram, 1 run, drags this from outside off towards long-on, lovely slower delivery.
15.1Wahab Riaz to CA Ingram, NO BALL, 1 run, high full toss that hits him on the stomach. Missed this swing. No-ball, so a free-hit Some drama. Can he cash in?.
End of over 15. 16 runs this over. 144/2 after 90 balls.
JL Denly 72 (42b 8x4 4x6 ) Hasan Ali 4-0-41-1
CA Ingram 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 128/1 after 84 balls.
Babar Azam 62 (43b 6x4 2x6 ) CJ Jordan 3-0-27-0
JL Denly 57 (38b 6x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 13. 11 runs this over. 121/1 after 78 balls.
JL Denly 56 (36b 6x4 3x6 ) Hasan Ali 3-0-25-0
Babar Azam 56 (39b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Time for a strategy break

End of over 12. 11 runs this over. 110/1 after 72 balls.
JL Denly 51 (34b 5x4 3x6 ) Umaid Asif 3-0-27-0
Babar Azam 50 (35b 4x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 11. 17 runs this over. 99/1 after 66 balls.
Babar Azam 47 (32b 4x4 2x6 ) Wahab Riaz 2-0-23-0
JL Denly 43 (31b 5x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 10. 4 runs this over. 81/1 after 59 balls.
JL Denly 34 (28b 3x4 2x6 ) Umaid Asif 2-0-15-0
Babar Azam 38 (28b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 8 runs this over. 77/1 after 54 balls.
Babar Azam 37 (27b 4x4 1x6 ) CJ Jordan 2-0-20-0
JL Denly 33 (24b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 8. 12 runs this over. 69/1 after 48 balls.
Babar Azam 32 (23b 4x4 1x6 ) Umaid Asif 1-0-12-0
JL Denly 30 (22b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 57/1 after 42 balls.
Babar Azam 21 (18b 2x4 1x6 ) Wahab Riaz 1-0-6-0
JL Denly 29 (21b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 6. 14 runs this over. 51/1 after 36 balls.
JL Denly 28 (18b 3x4 2x6 ) Sameen Gul 3-0-20-1
Babar Azam 16 (15b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Kamran seems to have hurt himself. Sammy is concerned, but I don't think it's too serious. The physio is out with his sprays

End of over 5. 12 runs this over. 37/1 after 30 balls.
Babar Azam 14 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) CJ Jordan 1-0-12-0
JL Denly 21 (14b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 25/1 after 23 balls.
JL Denly 20 (12b 3x4 1x6 ) Sameen Gul 2-0-11-1
Babar Azam 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 17/1 after 18 balls.
Babar Azam 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 2-0-14-0
JL Denly 14 (8b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 3 runs this over. 16/1 after 12 balls.
JL Denly 14 (8b 3x4 0x6 ) Sameen Gul 1-0-3-1
Babar Azam 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Abdullah: "Babar here needs to play an innings like the one Joe Root played against SA at WT20 in Mumbai (2016)."

End of over 1. 13 runs this over. 13/0 after 6 balls.
JL Denly 12 (5b 3x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-13-0
Mukhtar Ahmed 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
Mukhtar AhmedC DJG Sammy B Sameen Gul130033.33
JL Denlynot out 794694171.74
Babar AzamC LA Dawson B Hasan Ali634562140
CA Ingramnot out 5310166.67
RS Bopara -
Danish Aziz -
Mohammad Rizwan -
Mohammad Amir -
TS Mills -
Usman Khan -
Usama Mir -
Total 157/2
Hasan Ali4.0041110.25
Sameen Gul3.002016.67
CJ Jordan3.002709
Wahab Riaz3.0036012
Umaid Asif3.002709