Afridi hints at Sammy’s availability for PSL final
Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will be training at the ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City Thursday ahead of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 ‘semi-final’ in Dubai on Friday (March 3).
Zalmi regroup after an agonizing one-run loss against Quetta Gladiators who secured a direct berth in the final of the 2017 PSL edition set to be played in Pakistan, said a press release issued here.
Chasing a target of 201, Peshawar produced a monumental batting performance before imploding in the final over in which they needed seven runs for a historic win in the first play-off on Tuesday.
However, they live to fight another day against Kings who sent defending champions Islamabad United packing from the tournament with a 44-run win as they defended what looked like a below par 126 run first innings score in the second play-off on Wednesday.
Kings will now take on Zalmi in the third and final play-off on Friday as the action returns to the Dubai International Stadium with the winner facing Quetta Gladiators in the grand final of the HBL PSL set to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.
Peshawar Zalmi’s hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi hinted on Thursday that Darren Sammy, the West Indian star who captains the team, may be considering heading to Lahore for the final.
However, Afridi was quick to add that a formal announcement of the “good news” would only be made after Friday’s play-off between Zalmi and Karachi Kings.
Talking to media about Zalmi’s recent match-up against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai, Afridi said that despite losing the last-ball thriller against Gladiators, his team was pumped for the all-important third play-off against the Kings.
“I give Muhammad Nawaz [bowler for the Gladiators] full credit for his performance under pressure. He bowled three yorkers deliveries at important moments and handed the win to Quetta Gladiators,” Afridi said.
Afridi added that almost all Zalmi players are back in form, which is a good sign ahead of the tough match-up against the Kings.
“Every player in our team knows their role and we are ready to face Karachi Kings in the playoff. Young players are also performing,” Afridi concluded.
A match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will be shown on a big screen on March 3 at Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
Under the umbrella of the arts council of Pakistan the match will be shown on big screen at Sabzazar lawn, said a communiqué on Thursday.—AFP