Peshawar Zalmi reach third successive PSL final

Karachi: Peshawar Zalmi reached their third successive Pakistan Super League (PSL) final after beating defending champions Islamabad United by 48 runs in the second eliminator on Friday.

Kamran Akmal and Imam-ul-Haq, the opening batsmen for Peshawar, stitched together a partnership of 135 runs for the first wicket, thus allowing the team to post 214 runs on the board.

Akmal played a knock of 74 runs while Imam scored 58 runs off just 33 deliveries.

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Chasing a target of 215, Islamabad never got into their stride. Luke Ronchi and Cameron Delport started off with some big shots, but Hasan Ali and Chris Jordon provided Peshawar with breakthroughs.

Things started to go downhill for Islamabad once Delport departed. The team kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the team was able to post just 166 runs, resulting in their loss by 48 runs.

Ali and Jordon picked up three wickets each for Peshawar.

Peshawar Zalmi will now take on Lahore Qalandars in the PSL final on Sunday.


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