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    karachi (24 March 2018).... The final set of National Superior Championships has been set up for the Pakistan Super League finals. 8 years later, foreign cricketers will appear in the National Stadium of karachi for which all arrangements have been made by the administration. With the help of 80 cameras inside and out of the National Stadium, the monitoring system has been set up, for which 20 LDCs have been installed while setting up a control room. According to the charge control room With the help of the inside and outside of the stadium, the movement will be reviewed and walking on the stadium connected to the road. The number of vehicles will also be in the range of cameras. PS between Defense Champions Peshawar Zalmai and Islamabad United. The final will be played on March 25. Preparations for the Pakistan Super League tournament in the squad are on rise. City streets and flyovers are being decorated. The posters of PSL players included in the place. Preparations for the Pakistan Super League tournament in Karachi are continuing with noise. Poster and statues of PSL players included on the streets. The walls of cricket were also printed and beautifully made with pictures of their heroes.
     
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    Mohammad Amir has been wicket Less , opting to Turn into an Abdur Razzaq type player instead of Wasim Akram. T-20 Format really does not give enough overs for a player to showcase their Talent


    Mohammad Asif / Amir combination was quite promising in Past and now after Asif's career has gown down under , it seem Amir has lots some Shine and skill in bowling department
     
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    In PSL’s ultimate showdown, the mind says Islamabad United, but the heart wants Peshawar Zalmi


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    Unlike Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi’s journey to the final has been full of struggles. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ PESHAWARZALMI

    For three consecutive seasons, I have supported Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). And for three consecutive seasons, my sibling has supported Islamabad United. Throughout every tournament, we have shared banter at the expense of the other’s team; however, Sunday’s final in Karachi will prove to be the ultimate showdown.

    Clearly, there is a lot riding on the final. Watching your team win the trophy is well and good, but nothing is greater than winning the rights to mock your sibling for the rest of the year.

    I have my jokes lined up, but for me to use them, Zalmi will have to overcome the impeccable lineup gather by United. The players selected by United seem to have been handpicked with such perfection that each player fits in the team like the missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle.


    United’s batting lineup is rock solid. It starts off with Luke Ronchi’s fireworks, and even I am not sure where it ends. Their bowling, on the other hand, doesn’t offer any comfort to the opposition either. It includes Mohammed Sami, Samit Patel and Faheem Ashraf, all of whom feature amongst the top wicket-takers in PSL 2018, with Ashraf leading the chart.

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    Luke Ronchi smashed the fastest fifty of the PSL, Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, qualifier, PSL 2018, Dubai, March 18, 2018. Photo: Pakistan Super League

    While some franchises spent a lot of energy on promoting themselves as the “biggest franchise” on social media, United simply accumulated the perfect mix of players in their squad. While others were focused on acquiring the big names during the draft, United invested in the likes of Asif Ali and Hussain Talat, and worked to make them the next big names. While others complained to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about their players not travelling to Pakistan, United ensured they chose players who were willing to travel here in the first place. In hindsight, United’s place in the final can simply be pinned down to some brilliant planning and the right priorities.

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    Asif Ali is congratulated by Luke Rochi upon catching Kumar Sangakkara, Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, PSL 2018, Dubai, February 25, 2018.



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    Hussain Talat celebrates victory with Misbah-ul-Haq. Photo: Pakistan Super League

    The results of their successful strategy were evident in the group stages, as United wiped out one competitor after another, to become the only one left sitting comfortably at the top of the table. Their eliminator round was no different, as they put the Karachi Kings’ arrogance at being the “biggest franchise” to rest.

    If I had a penny for every time Bazid Khan called the Kings the “biggest franchise” on air, I would be a millionaire. They almost had a lucky escape in the second eliminator, as rain in Lahore made it likely the match would be cancelled. However, the men in uniform had some other plans in store. An army chopper was called into the Gaddafi stadium to dry the outfield. Sounds insane? Well this is PSL, ladies and gentlemen – expect the unexpected!

    Unfortunately for the Kings, their second shot at qualifying for the final did not go down well either. Like a punching bag, they took repeated blows from Zalmi after United had taken its turn. Kamran Akmal smashed Karachi’s bowlers to all sides of the park, until there were no signs of life left in them. It was a horror show, and sadly for Shahid Afridi, due to an injury, he had to watch from the sidelines as his newly adopted team received a thrashing from his former teammates in Zalmi.



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    Kamran Akmal soaks in the applause, Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, PSL 2018, Sharjah, March 16, 2018.


    Unlike United, Zalmi’s journey to the final has been full of struggles. From almost getting disqualified in the group stages, they have somehow managed to limp, crawl and drag themselves into the final. They don’t have the lineup United does, nor do they have similar dominating performances backing them.

    However, what Zalmi does have is belief – the belief to overcome anything thrown at them. And why shouldn’t they, when they are led by a man like Darren Sammy?

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    Darren Sammy celebrates a wicket, Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah, March 1, 2018.


    The inspiration Sammy brings to Zalmi is unmatched by any other captain in the history of PSL. It’s easy to forget he is a foreign player at times, since he blends in with the local culture and plays his heart out for his team. It doesn’t even matter if Zalmi go on to win the trophy or not; watching Sammy unite the team and come to the rescue each time his team was on the verge of exit has been a treat to watch in itself.

    Sunday’s final is not a contest of who has the stronger lineup, because on paper there is no match – United is the clear winner.

    The beauty of the T20, however, lies in its unpredictability. All it takes is one player to have a memorable night and snatch the game away from the opposition. Akmal has had several memorable nights so far in this year’s PSL, and if he can just pull one more out of the bag this Sunday, it would definitely give United a run for their money.
     
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    Kamran Akmal has been an exemplary player in League last few season making great contributions
    Most in form player who is a Pakistani Batsmen
     
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    Big Picture

    Pakistanis may be divided on various issues within the country, but one thing transcends region, religion, ethnicity, age and political affiliation. That thing is cricket. It's the most popular sport in the country, with heroes from the game independently going on to inspire generations. It unites the whole nation, and makes you forget about any political differences. That's the value of cricket to Pakistan.

    It's an Eid of cricket in Karachi, a city of over 20 million cricket-mad people that hasn't played host to a game of this magnitude for over nine years. Peshawar Zalmi are set to take on Islamabad United in a high-voltage PSL final at National Stadium Karachi - a venue set to host its first high-profile game since the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test in February 2009. The game is billed as a homecoming, what with Pakistan's biggest city having been deprived of major cricket for almost a decade.

    The focus of the event has been the extraordinary security in the city, but there's plenty to focus on as far as the cricket is concerned, too. Both teams have one PSL title to their name, with Peshawar being defending champions, while Islamabad won the inaugural edition in 2016. Both are presently at the top of their game and made their way to the final with some brutal displays with the bat. There seems to be no real weak link in either team, as both are laden with experienced batsmen from top to middle, and boast powerful bowling attacks.

    The stadium has, over the years, largely been isolated, only hosting domestic cricket, but the infrastructure was put back together a few months before the game. The stadium is still under renovation, but the facility was prepared enough to make sure it was able to get going for the important game.

    Form Guide

    Peshawar Zalmi: WWWWL (last five completed games, most recent first)

    Islamabad United: WLWWW

    In the spotlight

    The final is anticipated for its own merits as a contest, of course, but an absorbing mini-contest revolves around the dazzling form of each side's wicketkeeper-batsman. Kamran Akmal and Luke Ronchi are both 36, have both been opening the batting, and presently sit at No. 1 and No. 3 on the PSL run charts with 424 and 383 runs respectively. Both are major reasons for their respective teams making the final this season. Both have exhibited extraordinary skill in power-hitting, and are brimming with the confidence, and will be at the forefront of their respective opposition bowling attacks leading into the game.

    Misbah ul Haq missed the Qualifier with a hairline fracture in his wrist. The 43-year-old has been struggling for fitness, and will miss the final. Islamabad are likely to stick to their combination from the Dubai game where they beat Karachi Kings by eight wickets with 45 balls to spare. One enforced change will be the absence of Alex Hales, who pulled out due to security concerns.

    Islamabad United (likely):
    1 Luke Ronchi (wk), 2 Sahibzada Farhan, 3 JP Duminy (capt), 4 Hussain Talat, 5 Samit Patel, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Chadwick Walton/Samuel Badree, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Faheem Ashraf, 10 Mohammad Sami, 11 Amad Butt

    Kamran Akmal has been playing despite a stiff neck and a hamstring niggle but with three days of rest before the game should have had enough time to regain his fitness. Peshawar are likely to retain their winning combination.

    Peshawar Zalmi (likely):
    1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Saad Nasim, 5 Liam Dawson, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Chris Jordan, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Umaid Asif, 11 Sameen Gul


    Stats and trivia

    • Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi have the two best PSL win-loss ratios across three years. Islamabad have won 18 matches and lost 12, while Peshawar have won 19 and lost 13.

    • Islamabad's Faheem Ashraf is the tournament's leading wicket-taker, with 17 wickets at a strike rate of 12.7 and an economy rate of 7.72. Peshawar's Wahab Riaz is breathing down his neck with 16 wickets at an economy rate of 6.86 and a strike rate of 17.2.
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    "Its good to see the logistical work done behind the scenes and we've been brought here safely .. I am very grateful for hard work being done behind the scenes and we are excited about tomorrow final."
    JP Duminy, the Islamabad United captain
     
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    If anything new players have emerged and showcased their talent like Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United)
    and few players like Saheen Afridi (Lahore Qalanders)

    While the Tournament has showcased drop in form for Mohammad Amir or Umar Akmal who has been heavily failiure on big stage specially considering the large amount of funds collected by Umar Akmal

    • Kamran Akmal / Mohammad Sami continue to show , Talent still is relevant even at age 36 however Pakistani Selectors have often omitted few players who still had gas in their tanks
     
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    Ronchi vs Akmal

    As for the battle in the middle, if gauged by the manner in which the third edition of PSL has panned out, the two best teams have qualified for the title-decider on sheer merit to set up a fitting finale after hectic competition that commenced on Feb 22.

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    PPP MPA Saeed Ghani stands in line with his son to enter NSK.


    Injuries and pullouts have also contributed to the drama.

    Karachi’s own representation in the final had been precluded after the city franchise — the Karachi Kings — made a disappointing exit in the second eliminator against Peshawar in Lahore on Wednesday night.

    With Rumman Raees long sidelined by a crippling knee injury in the early stages of the tournament, his United team-mate Mohammad Sami — who is the highest wicket-taker for Islamabad with 36 victims in 26 appearances — now remains the solitary representative for Karachi on either side.

    Ideally, Islamabad would have hoped for Misbahul Haq to lead them in the final on home soil, but the now-retired Test captain has been forced to sit it out after sustaining a hairline fracture on his wrist caused by a rising delivery from Karachi Kings speedster Tymal Mills during the last league-round fixture in Sharjah on March 16.

    Rumman led Islamabad twice in the early part of the tournament and should have been the obvious choice but the vice-captain himself got injured quite seriously and his participation in the T20 series against the West Indies is shrouded in doubt.

    The responsibility of leadership, therefore, has been thrust upon Jean-Paul Duminy, the gutsy South African who carried out the job handsomely in the qualifier at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium last Sunday, when Islamabad annihilated Karachi without a sweat by eight wickets to win with 45 deliveries to spare - a PSL record.

    The architect of that victory was Luke Ronchi, who has made a tremendous impact in his maiden PSL with 383 runs in 10 matches already under his belt from the top of the order with the icing on the cake being the blistering 39-ball 94 not out in the qualifier.

    In fact, today's big clash is bound to be an intense confrontation between Ronchi and Kamran Akmal, the pair of 36-year-olds and both wicket-keeper/batsmen. Kamran has been the mastermind of Peshawar’s late resurgence in the competition after it appeared at one point they won’t make the cut.

    While Kamran has blazed his way to the top of the batting chart this year with 424 runs, Ronchi is only 37 runs behind the Pakistan discard who was the player-of-the-tournament in the 2017 edition with 353 runs, as they prepare to have another go to outscore each other.

    Darren Sammy, presently hampered by a knee injury, has been the inspirational force behind Peshawar as the two-time World T20 title-winning West Indies captain is looking forward to add a second PSL trophy to his already impressive CV.

    Overall, there is nothing to choose between these two fighting units with Islamabad just holding a one win advantage in their seven head-to-head meetings. In this edition they met twice in Dubai. Peshawar won the first game against Islamabad by 34 runs on Feb 24 but the latter levelled up by sealing a 26-run success on March 9.

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    isay koi samjhaey ke har jaga parchi nahi chalti.. :rofl:
     
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    Kamran Akmal bits the dust
     
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    Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat


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    Dead pitch now English pair is smashing it
     
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