Malik's 63 takes PIA into final

Pakistan International Airlines 149 for 3 (Malik 63*) beat Khan Research Labs 146 for 5 (Abbas 91, Saeed 3-29) by 7 wickets

An unbeaten 56-ball 63 from Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan International Airlines cement a place in the final with a seven-wicket victory over Khan Research Labs in Karachi.

Put into bat, KRL's openers gave a solid platform, with an opening stand of 52. Once opener Mohammad Yasin fell for 31, and Ali Khan followed soon after for just 3, Saeed Anwar junior and Zain Abbas combined for a 74-run third wicket partnership to help KRL reach 146 for 5 in their allotted overs. Abbas finished with an imperious 66-ball 91, while PIA bowler Salman Saeed, playing his first T20 series, finished with career-best figures of 3 for 29.

PIA started strongly in their reply, with the openers putting up a comparable 57-run stand, ended only by a run-out courtesy of Ali Khan. Malik anchored the innings with his 63 as PIA were able to build regular partnerships. They eventually knocked off the target with just four balls to spare in the match. Malik crossed 200 runs in the tournament, becoming the third-highest run-getter in the series

PIA will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Habib Bank Limited and Port Qasim Authority.

PIA 2nd innings Partnerships

1st57Shoaib MalikAgha Sabir
2nd35Shoaib MalikFahad Iqbal
3rd19Faisal IqbalShoaib Malik
4th38Shoaib MalikSheharyar Ghani