CM Punjab welcomes PSL teams to play eliminator rounds in Lahore

Elias Hubbard
March 22, 2018

"Only those foreign players be part of the next edition of the PSL who sign contract to fulfill their commitment to play matches in Pakistan", he said. Last five batsmen could manage to add just 38 runs as Zalmi were restricted to 157 in their 20 overs.

However, a belligerent cameo by Liam Dawson (62, 35 balls, six 4s, four 6s) showed that scoring runs wasn't hard on the Gadaffi STdium wicket despite rains before and at the start of the Eliminator 1.

Pakistan paceman Rahat Ali took 4-16.

Quetta lost wickets at regular intervals during their chase, leaving them needing 25 off the final over. Anwar Ali smashed three sixes and a boundary to keep the target down to three.

Quetta were pegged back with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Jason Roy not willing to travel to Pakistan, while Peshawar were boosted by the inclusion of Tamim and Sabbir Rahman. And, Wahab Riaz took two in the 19th over, including danger man Thisara Perera to seal the fate of the match in Zalmi's favour. Nawaz shared two wickets each.

PREDICTION A fascinating game between these two giants of the Pakistani Super League as defending champions Zalmi face the Kings. Afridi is playing for the Kings for the first time and had expressed his desire to play in the finals that are being held on March 25 in his hometown Karachi.

Pakistan Cricket Board have gradually revived global cricket in the country as improved security made it possible to host the final in Lahore in March previous year. Lahore hosted the PSL final in March a year ago.

Almost 18,000 security personnel will perform their duties.

The centurion in Zalmi's do-or-die league match in Sharjah, Kamran Akmal lasted only three balls and had to return to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.

That was followed by a three-match Twenty20 series against a World XI - comprising of players from seven countries - in September plus a single Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka a month later.

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