The second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has finally kicked off. In the very first match between the Misbah-led Defending Champion Islamabad United and Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi, they were men in red who started their PSL Second Edition campaign with a victory of Zalmis.
After winning the toss, Islamabad United came out to bowl and on the very first ball of PSL’s Second Edition, Muhammad Hafeez nicked to the second slip of Muhammad Irfan’s delivery. However, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal scored the first fifty of the second season of PSL and smashed 88 runs of 48 balls to help his side recover from the early loss. Probably he took out all of his anger on United Boys for not getting picked up in National Squad as he struck several huge sixes all over the stadium.
However, Peshawar Zalmi’s couldn’t carry on the momentum provided by Karman Akmal and David Malan who scored 43, and kept losing wickets on regular intervals after Akmal’s departure. Darren Sammy, Shahid Afridi and Haris Sohail failed to capitalize the innings and got out on 7, 4 and 12 respectively with Zalmi ending their innings on 190. Mohammad Sami ended up with impressive bowling figures of 2-16 while Mohammad Irfan gave away just 27 runs in his four overs with two wickets to his name.
United while chasing the target lost probably their most destructive batsman in the squad Sherjeel Khan earlier in 2nd Over of the innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin scored brilliant knock of 73 runs from 39 balls with well support of Dwayne Smith’s 55 runs as defending champions Islamabad United chased down 173 (D/L/ Method) against Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match of Pakistan Super League 2017. Brad Haddin earned Man of the Match award.
Earlier the Opening Ceremony of Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s Second Season started in Dubai International Stadium with a star studded performance by Jamaican reggae fusion singer Shaggy, Pakistan’s Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy. The ceremony hosted by Fahad Mustafa started with the National Anthems of Pakistan and UAE. Organizers billed it to be an entertaining event, with celebrity appearances and a fireworks display as well.
Songs in the four provincial languages were also played, as dancers in traditional wear took center stage. Renowned artists and singers enthralled the audience with their performance. Drummers performed a flying act at the stadium before the Jamaican singing sensation Shaggy who sang his popular songs including “Mr. Boombastic” and “Wasn’t Me”. After Shaggy, Pakistani Singers Shehzad Roy and Ali Zafar entertained the crowd.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shehryar Khan said that holding of PSL final in Lahore will give a message to the world that Pakistan a peace-loving country and provides normal and conducive environment for sports. He said that they have tried very hard to make this event successful. Addressing the ceremony, Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s Chairman Najam Sethi maintained that Final Match of PSL will be played in Lahore and said that that holding of PSL will proved as a milestone in the revival of International Cricket in Pakistan.