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Sharjeel ton powers Islamabad United to final

Sharjeel Khan scored the first hundred of the Pakistan Super League to charge Islamabad United to the final of the tournament, with a 50-run win against Peshawar Zalmi

Match Centre

18 | 16 Runs 2 Wkts | PZ: 126/10 (51 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 25.50)

  • Shaun Tait0 (0b)
  • Andre Russell4-0-37-3
  • Mohammad Sami3-0-15-1

Right, then. Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators in the grand finale on Tuesday. Do join us for that. Until then, it's goodbye and goodnight from the commentary desk.

Sharjeel Khan is the Man of the Match for his century "This was a dream innings for me. I'd planned for this, wanted to deliver at a crunch time. I wanted to become the first Pakistan batsman to score a century in PSL. There's a lot of pressure in T20s, but if you build momentum at the start, things get easier. You need to take pressure in a positive way and not get bogged down.

Misbah-ul-Haq: Credit to the guys for the way in which they picked up. We were down, to come up from there has been fantastic. The bowlers have stepped up and the batsmen have delivered at the right time. The kind of pressure we faced at the start, I thought it couldn't get tougher, because we had experienced the worst much before we got here. We had nothing to lose, so came out and expressed ourselves.

Shahid Afridi: I wish both teams all the best for the final. Sharjeel took the game away from us, it was a special knock. The way crowds kept coming in was fantastic. I wasn't sure we'd get this far, but the boys tried their best. It's tough to make a comeback while chasing a target such as this. Had we utilised our first six overs in the chase well, things could have been different.

Let the selfies begin!

So, a lop-sided contest in the end, but we did get to witness a special century from Sharjeel Khan that set the game up nicely. Islamabad United have gained momentum at the right time and will fancy themselves against Quetta Gladiators in the grand finale on Tuesday. There was some hope for Peshawar as long as Shahid Afridi was there, but you just felt he may have not been able to pull it off all by himself, after the kind of top order meltdown they ensured.

Ali Cheema: "Islamabad United is the first team to win 4 consecutive matches in the PSL"

Ali Cheema: "its the first time Zalmi have been bowled out in their 10 PSL matches"

Talha Hameed: "The first match of PSL was played between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, the final is on 23rd Feb also between the same teams. "

Peshawar had two chances of making the final but after a last-ball defeat to Quetta, they have now been blown away by Islamabad

Russell to Mohammad Asghar, OUT, floats it full and straight on middle, he plays outside the line as the ball nips away to hit timber.

Mohammad Asghar b Russell 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Russell to Mohammad Asghar, no run, back of length delivery outside off, pushed to cover

Shahid Afridi might not have pulled off a heist, but his legend as the crowd favourite remained intact as soon Dwayne Smith pouched the akier from the Zalmi captain, hundreds of fans from al parts of the stadum fast vacated the stadium

Russell to Shahid Afridi, OUT, game, set and match? This one was hit towards the longer boundary, didn't get the kind of power he wanted and Smith settled underneath it to take an easy catch at deep midwicket. The disappointment in the crowd is palpable.

Shahid Afridi c Smith b Russell 38 (17b 2x4 4x6) SR: 223.52

Russell to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs, carved over cover for a maximum. Generated tremendous bat speed, excellent use of the bottom hand. What power, what muscle. Is the game alive?
Russell to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, swings north, ball goes south. Thick edge flies into the third man boundary
Russell to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs, ramp shot and that's gone all the way. What are the chances that Russell expected Afridi to play that stroke?

Zalmi 2nd innings Partnerships

1st24Kamran AkmalDJ Malan
2nd35Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
3rd7BJ HodgeKamran Akmal
4th9BJ HodgeDJG Sammy
5th5Shahid AfridiDJG Sammy
6th20Shahid AfridiShahid Yousuf
7th1Shahid AfridiWahab Riaz
8th4Shahid AfridiHasan Ali
9th21Shahid AfridiMohammad Asghar
10th0SW TaitMohammad Asghar

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