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Akmal, Dawson keep play-off hope alive for Peshawar Zalmi

Kamran Akmal scored a blistering half-century opening the batting
Kamran Akmal scored a blistering half-century opening the batting

Peshawar Zalmi 181-6 (Akmal 75) beat
Karachi Kings 137-8 (Azam 66) by 44 runs
26th game, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

Kamran Akmal scored 75 runs as Peshawar Zalmi kept their hopes of making to the play-off alive with a 44-run win over Karachi Kings in the 26th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

Peshawar won the toss and decided to bat first. Karachi new ball bowlers kept Peshawar in check after conceding just 11 runs in the first four overs during which Usman Khan (3-11) castled Mohammad Hafeez (0).

Akmal (75) stepped up the gear with two sixes and a boundary in the next two overs while Dwayne Smith (15) also joined the onslaught with two more maximums in the seventh over. Shahid Afridi (1-34) dented Peshawar's momentum when he had Smith caught at long as they were reduced to 58 for two at the halfway mark.

Kamran reached his fifty off 38 deliveries and looked the lone warrior until the 16th over when he was dismissed before late blitz from Darren Sammy (36) and Saad Nasim (35) lifted the score to 181 for six in the 20 overs. The last four overs yielded 62 runs for Peshawar.

In the chase, only Babar Azam (66) showed some fight from the top order as Joe Denly (0), Colin Ingram (0), Eoin Morgan (5) and Ravi Bopara (7) all fell in single digits.

Shahid Afridi (26) smashed four sixes in eight deliveries but the target was always going to be out of reach as Karachi succumbed to a 44-run defeat.

Liam Dawson (3-17) was the pick of the Peshawar bowlers while Wahab Riaz (2-26) and Umad Asif (2-23) shared two wickets apiece.

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