Kumar Sangakkara will lead Karachi Kings © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara will lead Karachi Kings © AFP

Good Evening! Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s live coverage of the third match of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017. The match will see Peshawar Zalmi taking on Karachi Kings at Dubai. The tournament got off to a rollicking start on Thursday with defending champions Islamabad United beat Zalmi by 7 wickets. Zalmi posted 190 from their stipulated 20 overs. It was Kamran Akmal’s 88 that bolstered the team total. The rain delay meant that United were chasing a revised total of 173 from 18 overs. Zalmis could not defend the massive score, as Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin went on to belt brisk fifties. 

Zalmis have a chance to notch up a win against the Karachi side on Friday. But for that to happen, they will have to bowl better. Senior pros like Shahid Afridi will need to step up. Karachi Kings lost 6 and won 2 in the last edition. They were a busy side in the transfer market making sweeping changes. Shoaib Malik was replaced by Ravi Bopara as the captain in the qualifier last year. This year they have brought in Kumar Sangakkara to lead the side and icing on the cake was bagging of Chris Gayle from Lahore Qalandars. Then there is the fiery Kieron Pollard. They have quality local young players in Imad Wasim, Babar Azam and Mohammad Aamer, which make them one of the favourites for the tournament.

They also have some big names in the coaching staff. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is at helm of affairs, while Azhar Mahmood is the assistant coach. Also, the side has Rashid Latif as their director. The Kings truly wear a kingly look with big names, and will want to kick start their campaign with a thumping win.

All in all, the third game of the contest is expected to be another cracking encounter between two evenly matched sides.

Squads:

Karachi Kings: Kumar Sangakkara (c), Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Mohammad Aamer, Babar Azam, Ryan McLaren, Sohail Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Saifullah Bangash, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Abrar Ahmed, Abdul Hameed, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim.

Supplementary players: Mahela Jayawardene, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam.

Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Andre Fletcher, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan, Chris Jordan, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Kushdil Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hafeez, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Marlon Samuels, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohail Maqsood, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz

Live Updates

  • 10:24 AM IST

    Final score:


    Karachi Kings: 118/7 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 44, Ravi Bopara 33; Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 7, Wahab Riaz 2 for 23) lost to Peshawar Zalmi: 119 for 3 in 18.3 overs (Eoin Morgan 80*; Imad Wasim 1 for 13, Sohail Khan 1 for 20, Mohammad Aamer 1 for 22).
  • 1:51 AM IST

    So see you tomorrow for some exciting cricket action just like today, till then good bye, take care, ta-da

  • 1:50 AM IST

    Before you leave, do not forget the read the match report here

  • 12:59 AM IST

    Do wait, as I will be publishing the match report right away!

  • 12:58 AM IST

    And that is it. The Peshawar Zalmi’s have won by 7 wickets. Morgan played a well-constructed knock to guide his team beyond the winning line.

  • 12:51 AM IST

    Eoin Morgan has played the lead role for the Peshawar Zalmi in this run-chase. He has carried on with his good form from the series against India

  • 12:50 AM IST

    The Peshwar Zalmi are now just 4 runs away from the victory

  • 12:13 AM IST

    Peshawar Zalmi 51/3 in 10 overs| Target 119| Batting: Eoin Morgan 26 (27), Haris Sohail 1 (3): This is still anybody’s game. 68 required of 60 deliveries with 7 wickets in hand

  • 12:10 AM IST

    Dawid Malan has walked back to the dugout. The pressure was building on him and there needed to be some pressure relieving shot. He goes for a slog hit but picks up Babar Azam who took a good catch at deep midwicket.

  • 12:03 AM IST

    It has just been around 24 hours since the tournament has started and with 2 games being played and this is the 3rd; but still two Pakistan players have been banned by PCB for a spot-fixing probe in PSL. What is wrong with these people. As my colleague Aditya Sahay rightly quoted after reading this news, “and PSL has begun.”

  • 12:00 AM IST

    Peshawar Zalmi 41/2 in 7 over |Target 119| Batting: Dawid Malan 19 (13), Eoin Morgan 20 (19):These two have batted sensibly here. They lost 2 wickets in succession, but have carried on playing in a mature way. These two will need to continue in such manner and victory is assured for the Zalmi’s.

  • 11:40 PM IST

    Peshawar Zalmi 8/2 in 3 over |Target 119| Batting: Dawid Malan 5 (7), Eoin Morgan 1 (1): Game on. Kamran Akmal is gone for a Duck. Miscues a pull shot to Imad Wasim at mid-on, top-edged it and he knew it right away. Pressure times for Zalmi.

  • 11:29 PM IST

    Peshawar Zalmi 0/1 in 1 over |Target 119| Batting: Kamran Akmal 0 (2), Dawid Malan 0 (0): Mohammad Hafeez has opened the innings twice, only to play 5 deliveries in total and score 0. Mohammad Aamer traps him in his pads and starts the innings with wicket maiden

  • 11:20 PM IST

    This should be an easy victory for the Peshawar Zalmi’s given the batting lineup they have and also the target being well below 6 RPO. But nothing can be said because it’s a T20 game and full of uncertainty. So let’s take a break and see you on another side when the Zalmi begin their run-chase.

  • 11:18 PM IST

    For the Peshawar Zalmi, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz got 2 wickets each, while Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Ashgar got one each.

  • 11:18 PM IST

    So the Karachi Kings have posted a total of 118 on the board. They will be happy with the way they have ended their innings. At one stage they were 12 for the loss of 4. But then Shoaib Malik (44) and Ravi Bopara (33) played sensible knocks to see side reach the 100-run mark. Later it was Kieron Pollard (27*) who ensured the Karachi Kings reached the corridor of 120-run mark.

  • 11:01 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 98/7 in 18 Over | Batting: Keiron Pollard 9 (5), Mohammad Aamer 0 (2): Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim have departed in a matter of 2 deliveries. Malik tried to up the ante and perished for 44, while Wasim didn’t bother the scorers.

  • 10:44 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 71/5 in 15.2 Over | Batting: Shoaib Malik 28 (28), Keiron Pollard 0 (0): Bopara departs but Pollard comes in. This is the perfect time for someone like Pollard to go big

  • 10:43 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 70/4 in 15 Over | Batting: Shoaib Malik 28 (28), Ravi Bopara 33 (39):These two have batted out the danger time and have constructed a 58 runs stand so far. With more 30 deliverfies left, both Bopara and Malik should aim for at least 50 runs which will enable them to reach the 130-run mark.

  • 10:25 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 54/4 in 12 Over | Batting: Shoaib Malik 22 (2), Ravi Bopara 23 (27): These two have batted out the tough overs and now the time hasd come where they will have to go all guns blazing against the Peshawar bowlers

  • 9:58 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 15/4 in 5 Over | Batting: Shoaib Malik 4 (5), Ravi Bopara 3 (2): Gayle is the new member back in the dugout. Plumb it was all the way, Mohammad Hafeez takes his second wicket of the match.

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 12/3 in 4 Over | Batting: Chris Gayle 2 (5), Shoaib Malik 4 (5) : Gone. Sangakkara is gone. What is happening! Sanga pulls one straight to midwicket. Such a soft dismissal as Hafez takes a dolly of a catch. Chris Jordan gets his first wicket.

  • 9:42 PM IST

  • 9:40 PM IST

    What in the name of God was that from captain Sammy. Babar tries to cut one past the slip, the ball flies off almost from near the second slip (if there was nay). But Sammy has another idea, he flies to his left and grabs hold of the ball diving to his right. One beauty of a spectacular catch. Timed perfectly and just too good to see on loop.

  • 9:35 PM IST

    Karachi Kings 2/1 in 1 Over | Batting: Chris Gayle 1 (1), Babar Azam 1 (2) : Shahzaib Hasan is out. He doesn’t even let me type his name properly. What a start here for the Zalmi’s. Looks to hit out of the stadium but finds Chris Jordon at Long-on. Mohammad Hafeez will be delighted.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    NO Mahela Jayawardena in the starting XI for Karachi Kings

  • 9:25 PM IST

    Karachi Kings XI: Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara (c, wk), Shahzaib Hasan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Kieron Pollard, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abrar Ahmed

  • 9:24 PM IST

    Peshawar Zalmi XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Dawid Malan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Eoin Morgan, Haris Sohail, Darren Sammy (c), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Asghar, Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali

  • 9:24 PM IST

    News from the ground is that Peshawar Zalmi have opted to field first against Karachi Kings