Kamran Akmal’s ton powers Peshawar Zalmi six-wicket win
A blistering 101 from Kamran Akmal secured Peshawar Zalmi a six-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators in the fourth match of the HBL PSL 2020 at the Karachi National Stadium.
Chasing down 148/5 by Quetta Gladiators, Zalmi reached into 153 for 4 with nine deliveries to spare.
On the way to his third century in the Pakistan Super League, the wicket-keeper batsman Akmal hit Mohammad Nawaz for two sixes and two fours in the first over. In total, he struck thirteen fours and four sixes in his innings.
Pakistan Under-19 opener Haider Ali scored 25 off 28 in an 82-run partnership for the second-wicket with Kamran.
Earlier with Jason Roy plundering 73 runs, Quetta Gladiators made 148 for five after being asked to field first.
The English opener struck six fours and a six in 57 balls. He also stood for 62-run stand in the third-wicket with Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who scored 41 off 25 balls striking five fours and a six.
Zalmi’s Pacer Wahab Riaz took two wickets for 21 runs while Rahat Ali, Amir Khan and Darren Sammy picked up a wicket each.
Kamran Akmal was adjudged man of the match for his extraordinary batting performance which gave Zalmi their first win of the season.
Peshawar Zalmi take on Multan Sultans in what will be first HBL PSL match in Multan on Wednesday, while Quetta Gladiators play Karachi Kings tomorrow afternoon at National Stadium, Karachi.
Scores in brief
Quetta Gladiators: 148-5, 20 overs (Jason Roy 73 not out, Sarfaraz Ahmed 41; Wahab Riaz 2-21)
Peshawar Zalmi: 153-4, 18.3 overs (Kamran Akmal 101, Haider Ali 25; Fawad Ahmed 2-40)
Result : Peshawar Zalmi win by six wickets