Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi on Friday beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs in Dubai to set Pakistan Super League (PSL) final against Quetta Gladiators.
The final is scheduled to take place in Lahore on Sunday at the picturesque Gaddafi Stadium.
Karachi, led by Kumar Sangakkara, opted to bowl first after winning the toss and courtesy man-of-the-match Kamran Akmal’s 104 off 65 balls (six boundaries and seven maximums), Peshawar were able to set a daunting 182-run target for the Kings.
“Credit goes to fast-bowlers; all of them bowled well,” said Kamran in the post-match presentation ceremony. “I started the tournament nicely but lost my way in the middle but the management gave me confidence and I delivered today.”
Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amir were the only successful bowlers for Karachi with one wicket each.
In their chase, Karachi lost their way when they were five wickets down for just 80 runs in the 12th over. With too many runs needed of too many balls, Keiron Pollard struck 47 off just 26 balls to show some fight for the Kings but once he departed the flare of hope died out too.
“We didn’t start well in the first six overs [while bowling],” said Sanga. “We didn’t have any partnerships to start off with [while batting]. I was very proud to captain these great guys. All of them who played for Karachi should be proud of what they have achieved. I had two great seasons in this league.”
He also wished PSL luck for the final in Lahore: “The final is going to take place in Pakistan now; I hope the crowd enjoys the final in Lahore.”
Meanwhile, Sammy said that the Peshawar players’ decision to participate in the Lahore final depends on the team boss Javed Afridi.
“We held our nerves well today,” said Sammy. “Wahab [Riaz], [Chris] Jordan and Hasan [Ali] bowled well. I’ve never been to Lahore. [Are you looking forward to it?] It all depends on what the boss [Javed Afridi] says.