DUBAI: Riding on a brilliant century by Kamran Akmal and superb bowling effort by pace duo of Chris Jordan and Wahab Riaz, Peshawar Zalmi knocked Karachi Kings out to qualify for the final of the second edition of Pakistan Super League.
Chasing a target of 182, Karachi Kings were restricted to 157/7 in twenty overs as Chris Jordan and Wahab Riaz outclassed batting powerhouse of Karachi Kings.
Kings never got the start it wanted and remained in the hunt for partnership as their wickets continue to fall frequently.
No other Karachi batsman then West Indian duo of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard could show some aggression against Peshawar’s disciplined bowling.
Pollard smashed three sixes and four boundaries to score 47 off 26 while Gayle stroked two boundaries and smashed four sixes to score 40 off 31. But, it was not enough and Peshawar won the match by 24 runs.
For Peshawar Zalmi, Wahab Riaz and Chris Jordan got three wickets apiece.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi posted a mammoth 181/3 in twenty overs after a superb century by Kamran Akmal in front of an electrifying full house of Dubai Cricket Stadium.
Kamran Akmal smashed 7 sixes and 6 fours to score the first century of PSL 2017, and overall the second century of the tournament history. He was run out after scoring 104 off 65 deliveries.
Kamran added 97 runs for the first wicket with Dawid Malan 77 runs with Marlon Samuels for the second wicket to help Peshawar post a defendable total.
Samuels scored 37 off 22 with the help of three fours and one six while Dawid Malan stroked four boundaries and one sixer to score 36 off 31.
Peshawar Zalmi will now travel to Lahore for the final of Pakistan Super League, where it will meet the Quetta Gladiators to ensure a new winner in the PSL on Sunday.
For his brilliant century, Kamran Akmal was awarded the man of the match.