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KARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 15, CMC – Kieron Pollard and captain Daren Sammy starred with the bat yet again as Peshawar Zalmi clobbered Islamabad United by 48 runs, to reach Sunday’s final of the Pakistan Super League at the second time of asking.
After missing out in the first qualifier on Wednesday when they went down to Quetta Gladiators, Zalmi took full advantage of their second opportunity in Friday’s contest, piling up a massive 214 for five off their 20 overs.
Sent in, Zalmi were powered by a 135-run first wicket stand between Kamran Akmal who slammed 74 off 43 deliveries, and Imam-ul-Haq who hit 58 off 33 balls.
Both fell in the 13th over with just three runs added and Sohaib Maqsood followed soon afterwards for four to leave Zalmi on 158 for three in the 16th over.
But Pollard, promoted to number three, and Sammy – batting at number five – combined to add 32 off 18 balls fo the fourth wicket and re-energise the innings.
Pollard blasted 37 off 21 balls with a four and four sixes while Sammy extended his good run with an unbeaten 30 off 15 balls, with a brace of fours and sixes.
Sammy gathered 16 runs from the last over sent down by left-arm seamer Rumman Raees, including a massive six on the roof of the stands at long on.
In reply, Islamabad were held to 166 for nine from their 20 overs, with another West Indies player Chadwick Walton finding the limelight with a top score of 48 off 29 deliveries.
He struck three fours and sixes in adding 63 for the second wicket with opener Cameron Delport who made 28 off 25 balls.
Faheem Ashraf chipped in with a 14-ball 31 down the order but the task proved too much for Islamabad.
Zalmi, the 2017 champions and last year’s runners-up, will take on Quetta Gladiators in the final.