KARACHI: It’s now or by no means.
Islamabad United face Peshawar Zalmi within the second eliminator of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) on Friday because the groups battle it out at Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium for a spot in Sunday’s ultimate.
In a repeat of final yr’s ultimate, desk topper’s Zalmi tackle United who defeated Karachi Kings on Thursday evening by 4 wickets.
In a very epic encounter, through which Islamabad chased down Karachi’s 161 with three balls to spare, Alex Hales scored a 41 and Asif Ali remained unbeaten on 24 as Kings have been thrown out of the event.
Then again, the Darren Sammy led-Peshawar have been handed a ten run defeat at fingers of Gladiators, after Shane Watson’s scored an excellent half-century and a 1-10 final over bowling to seal the crew’s third PSL ultimate in 4 years.
Face to face
This isn’t the primary time the groups are assembly within the eliminator stage of the event. The groups met within the second eliminator recreation of the inaugural version of the PSL.
A powerful maiden century by Sharjeel Khan proved too good for Zalmi as United registered a simple 50 run victory to achieve the ultimate in opposition to Quetta Gladiators.
Chasing down a large 177 run goal set by Islamabad, Zalmi have been bowled out for 126 with two full overs to go. Kamran Akmal with a 32-ball 45 and the then Zalmi captain Shahid Afridi with 38 runs off 17 deliveries have been the one two notable contributions by the Zalmi batsmen.
Islamabad went on to win their maiden PSL title in opposition to Quetta that yr.
The 2 groups didn’t meet within the playoff stage of the event in 2017, as Islamabad have been knocked out within the first eliminator by Karachi.
Peshawar, however, defeated Quetta within the ultimate to life their maiden title, handing Quetta their second consecutive defeat in a PSL ultimate.
Final yr the 2 sides met within the ultimate at Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium.
United dominated with the bat and ball as they defeated Zalmi by three wickets to raise the trophy for a second time.
The spotlight of the match was United opener Luke Ronchi’s fast 52 of 26 deliveries, making Zalmi’s preventing complete off 148 runs look comparatively straightforward.
The groups have face different twice on this yr’s event with Islamabad profitable their first encounter by 12 runs. Peshawar nonetheless, got here round and beat Islamabad by 4 wickets of their subsequent encounter.
Mohammad Sami (c), Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Waqas Masood, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Cameron Delport, Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Musa, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
Darren Sammy (c), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umar Amin, Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar, Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul, Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Ibtesam Sheikh, Samiullah, Tymal Mills