Player of the Match
Player of the Match

18 | 16 Runs | PZ: 176/3 | RR: 9.77

  • Saad Nasim17 (8b)
  • Kamran Akmal107 (61b)
  • Mitchell McClenaghan4-0-44-0
  • Shaheen Afridi4-0-28-0

Alright then, that's a wrap of this game then. But before I go, let me break down what's at stake in the next game. As of now, Lahore are the only team definitively out. Islamabad stay on top no matter what happens. A win for Karachi takes them up to second. But if Karachi lose by 16 runs or more, or with two-plus overs remaining, they sip below Multan who will qualify. So lots at stake there, so do switch over tabs. From me, it's goodbye!

6.57pm Wow, that was fleeting. That was sensational. And that was head-spinning batting. Kamran Akmal with one of the finest, most power-packed T20 innings you'll ever see. And he had to battle cramps, too, mind you. But there was not a thing he could do wrong tonight. Lahore's bowlers crumbled horrendously in the face of his onslaught and bowled outrageously bad, but that's not to take anything away from Kamran Akmal. A target of 173 has been mowed down with seeming ease, and Peshawar Zalmi rise to second place and qualify for the playoffs. It was a must-win game for them, and the determination showed.

Presentation time.

Kamran Akmal collects the Hanif Mohammad cap first up, for shooting to the top of the run charts. He is also the Man of the Match. Obviously! "It was such a big total, given the pitch, but there was good confidence," he says. "And the coach gave me reassurance. Hafeez motivated me after I reached 74, saying century should be possible. My family, too, has motivated me. Just wanted to play positively and depending on the ball. Such a big total can only be chased down when you have a good partnership. T20 orwhatever the format, I just try to give 100 percent. I didn't start well this season again, but the confidence was given to me, and that is essential."

"It was an outstanding innings, we know how brilliant Kamran Akmal can be on his day," says Lahore captain Brendon McCullum." I thought the total was good, but that century was fantastic. We've seen over the last four games that the team's started to understand what it's about. The young guys have stood out and we've got some quality players for the future. We can walk away with our heads high."

"In every team you have match-winners," says Zalmi captain Darren Sammy. "Sometimes, when they don't come up with the goods, you doubt them. But in this team, we never doubt our match-winners, and Kamran is one of them. If you back your ability and stay calm, my job is to stay calm.. to chase down 170 the way we did, just shows we have champions' quality. We respected every team from the start, we were dealt two crucial blows at the start. But the team showed character."

McClenaghan to Saad Nasim, FOUR runs, that's the game. Advances down the track to a full and wide one outside off and flays it through point
McClenaghan to Saad Nasim, FOUR runs, outside edge for four. And smartly done by the batsman. He took a step towards leg stump to lure the bowler into firing it outside off. But he never actually moved, shuffles towards the line and deliberately plays off the outside edge past the keeper
McClenaghan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full, wide, driven to point who dives and gets a hand to it to take off the momentum
McClenaghan to Saad Nasim, 1 run, short again, this one gets up more, he controls a pull to deep fine leg
McClenaghan to Saad Nasim, SIX runs, shot! Huge, huge hit. Short, angling in from outside off. That's width and angle: basically, everything you need to do that - a muscular pull over deep square leg
McClenaghan to Saad Nasim, no run, short of a length, opens the face and defends to point

17 | 12 Runs | PZ: 160/3 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.41, RRR: 4.33)

  • Kamran Akmal106 (60b)
  • Saad Nasim2 (3b)
  • Shaheen Afridi4-0-28-0
  • Yasir Shah4-0-40-2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, short on middle and leg, pulled to deep fine leg. There's no stopping him tonight, is there?
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, is that the hundred? Yes, it is. Second PSL century for him. Two out of the three in PSL history now belong to him. This was ripe to get the hundred, a useless short ball. He's going to close his eyes and thump you when in this form. Pulled to the left of deep backward square leg
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Saad Nasim, 1 run, shortish, mistimes a pull to wide long-on
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, turns around and helps it along to deep fine leg
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Saad Nasim, 1 run, full, driven to the right of sweeper. 150 comes up
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full on off, driven in front of mid-off and Akmal makes a dash for it like his life depended on it

Nader Abbas: "Believe me this lad Shaheen is ready for his debut against Windies!Will be a great moment for him to make debut for his national side at Karachi if he is entrusted by selectors!"

Zalmi 2nd innings Partnerships

1st20Kamran AkmalMH Wessels
2nd41Kamran AkmalDR Smith
3rd87Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
4th28Kamran AkmalSaad Nasim

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