Centurion Kamran Akmal leads Zalmi to comfortable win against Quetta


Karachi: Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal impactful century led Peshawar Zalmi to a six-wicket win against Quetta Gladiators at National Stadium.

Kamran smashed the first century of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five, his third of PSL career. He hammered Quetta bowlers to all parts of the ground which included 13 fours and four massive sixes. Liam Livingstone finished the match by launching a six over long-on with nine balls to spare.

Kamran just after scoring century departed for 55-ball 101. Haider Ali, the other Zalmi batsman who reached the double-figure score, made 25 off 28 balls, included two fours and a six.

Fawad Ahmed, pick of the bowlers for Gladiators, claimed two wickets of Kamran and Shoaib Malik (7) but gave 40 runs in 3.3 overs. Malik failed again, while Tom Banton scored 3. Tymal Mills and Sohail Khan picked a wicket each.

Earlier, Sammy the captain of Zalmi won the toss and decided to bowl first. English batsman Jason Roy 57-ball 73 guided Quetta Gladiators to 148 in 20 overs. Roy’s inning included six fours and a massive six. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed played a brisk knock of 41 in just 25 balls.

Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowlers as he picked two wickets for 21. Rahat Ali, Debutant Mohammad Amir, and Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy picked one wicket each.

Quetta lost Shane Watson and Ahmed Shehzad early in the powerplay, Watson departed after scoring 8 as he tries to pull Wahab and it went straight down to the throat of mid-on fielder, Hasan Ali.

Ahmed only managed to score 12 and he gets a top edge and went up in the air. Amir claimed his first wicket.

Kamran was awarded as the player of the match for his hundred.