Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal smashed 88 runs of 48 balls to help his side post a massive 191 target for Islamabad United in the opening match of Pakistan Super League 2018.
During the innings break, Akmal said that he played with a positive mind. “Wicket is seaming and slow”, he added.
Defending champions Islamabad United, earlier, won the toss and elected to bowl first.
United captain Misbah after winning the toss expressed hope that there would be more competition between the sides this season, adding that Smith, Watson, Hadden and Billings were his four foreign players.
Zalmi captain Darren Sammy said that the toss will not affect the outcome of the game. “We have a lot of experience in our squad, around five or six captains. Hopefully we can put it out there on the field.”
First ball, first wicket. Mohammad Irfan bowls a good length ball to Zalmi opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who nicks it to second slip. What a start for Mohammad Irfan, the defending champions and Pakistan Super League!!
Kamran Akmal smashes 50
Kamran Akmal smashed his first ever 50 of the PSL off just 29 balls. Wicket-keeper batsman probably took out all his anger for not being picked in the national team on Islamabad United as he struck several sixes all over the park!
Malan and Eoin Morgan in pavilion
After a massive stand of 122, David Malan —trying to up the ante — hold out to Imran Khalid of Watson. Morgan was bowled by a beauty from Saeed Ajmal. Malan scored 43 while Morgan could just score 1.
Kamran Akmal out
Kamran Akmal fell short of a century by 12 runs. The batsman scored 88 runs while guiding his team to 150 in the 15th over.
Afridi, Sammy gone early
Despite the platform provided by Kamran Akmal and David Malan, Afridi, Sammy and Haris Sohail couldn’t capitalise and got out cheaply scoring 4, 7 and 12.
Match delayed for 46 minutes
The match started after a delay of 46 minutes as the stage created for the opening ceremony couldn’t be removed on time.
An official of PCB confirmed to geo.tv that the delay wasn’t unexpected, though they hoped that things would be settled down earlier than the time it actually took.
“We actually informed both the teams, broadcasters and other stakeholders at our pre-event meeting about the possible delay as experts were required to unpack the stage,” said Usman Wahla, GM International Cricket Operation.