3rd Qualifying Final (N), Dubai (DSC), Feb 21 2016, Pakistan Super League
(18/20 ov, target 177)
Islamabad Un won by 50 runs
Player Of The Match
Islamabad United
• ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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Scorecard summary
Islamabad United176/3(20 overs)
Peshawar Zalmi126(18 overs)
end of over 1816 runs • 2 wicket
PZ: 126/10CRR: 7 • RRR: 25.50 • Need 51 from 12b
Shaun Tait0 (0)
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?
end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
PZ: 110/8CRR: 6.47 • RRR: 22.33 • Need 67 from 18b
Shahid Afridi22 (13)
Mohammad Asghar0 (0)
Mohammad Sami3-0-15-1
Mohammad Irfan4-0-28-1
Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, 1 bye
beaten for pace as he looked to pull, but manages to sneak through for a bye
Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, no run
looks to play a cross court forehand this time, misses
Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
gets a thick edge that flies into the third man boundary
Mohammad Sami to Hasan Ali, OUT
toe ends a slog, Misbah takes a dolly at cover. Was in no position to play that stroke, didn't get underneath the ball and ended up lobbing it up high in the air, while all he had to do was bunt the ball and give Afridi the strike.
Hasan Ali c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Sami 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00
Mohammad Sami to Hasan Ali, no run
pulls and misses, pacy bouncer
Mohammad Sami to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
into the blockhole, flicked to deep midwicket

end of over 163 runs • 1 wicket
PZ: 104/7CRR: 6.5 • RRR: 18.25 • Need 73 from 24b
Shahid Afridi17 (9)
Hasan Ali1 (2)
Mohammad Irfan4-0-28-1
Andre Russell3-0-21-1
Mohammad Irfan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
gets a leading edge as he looks to swing that one over midwicket, falls short of third man
Mohammad Irfan to Hasan Ali, 1 run
dabs it uncomfortably to point and scoots across for the single
Mohammad Irfan to Hasan Ali, no run
beaten by a peach, cut him into half. Banged it i short, he looked to hop back and defend, jabbed outside the line awkwardly, only to see the ball sneak through the gap between his bat and the body
Mohammad Irfan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
tucked wide of square leg
Mohammad Irfan to Wahab Riaz, OUT
takes a dolly at long-on. Wahab looked to slap that over the bowler's head, ended up dragging it and has paid the price.
Wahab Riaz c Russell b Mohammad Irfan 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Mohammad Irfan to Wahab Riaz, no run
floats a length ball on middle from round the stumps, he swings and misses
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossPeshawar Zalmi , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League 2016
Player Of The Match
Sharjeel Khan
Series resultIslamabad United advanced
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-16.20, Interval 16.20-16.40, Second Session 16.40-18.10
Match days21 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)
Joel Wilson
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
Ahmed Shahab
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama