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Today was a big day in PSL 2016. It was the last day of the round matches and the teams at the bottom Lahore and Karachi had the equal chance to book the ticket for the play offs. But they both tried to give another team the chance. They were literary playing “Pehala App, Pehala App”. Read the full story here

Last day started when Karachi faced the Peshawar. Karachi had one task, that was to win only. Lahore as lost yesterday in an epic encounter was praying that Karachi may lose so they can have a chance to qualify for the play-offs. So Karachi batted first in that encounter. Their start was not good as they would have liked as they lost the openers Shahzaib Hassan rather quickly then they liked. Peshawar came in this match with new faces so they can test the bench strength and they found a good hard working right arm fast bowler Hasan Ali. He was quick accurate and was rewarded with the wicket of Shahzaib Hassan.


After losing the opener Karachi lost another wicket with brilliant fielding as it resulted into the run out. Lindel Simmions played a good knock but was unlucky to miss the well deserved half century when he was bowled by Afridi. Rest of the Karachi players couldn’t push up the momentum courtesy to some brilliant bowling by Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar no doubt has the best bowling attack of the PSL 2016. Ravi Bopara of-course the man in form also couldn’t capitalize and hold out to Imran Khan Jr. Imran Khan Jr. was very good with his variations as he always do. Karachi eventually ended with 152 after little cameo from Sohail Khan.


In reply Peshawar was no of the good start. Hafeez was out to Muhammad Amir in first over. To damage the Lahore chances weather also looked threading as there was hailstorm all around Dubai but PSL was saved by the ring of fire. Even the great KP was in shocked about the storm in UAE. Any ways the road for Peshawar was not smooth. David Malan was deceived by Bilawal Bhati slow bouncer and was out caught by the keeper. Karachi bowled really well upto the half mark and kept the mighty Peshawar quiet until the experienced player Brad Hodge unleashed himself.


Brad Hodge built a partnership with Jim Allenby first al-tough his start was very slow. After the departure of Allenby and Afridi, Hodge took the steering of the Peshawar innings into his own hands and countered them with some aggressive cricket which was marvelous to watch. In partnership with Kamran Akmal, who only contributed 8 in that, took the game away from the Karachi. He took 23 runs in an over of Usama Mir and then there was no stopping of him. He alone took the game away from them. His strike rate rose form 80 to 188 in no time. As there is a saying there is silence before the storm and Hodge proved it right. He ended his innings with unbeaten 85 and dented the Karachi chances to qualify badly. But Lahore was equally humble and provided the clean path to Karachi.


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Second match was a simple match for Lahore. Either win or go away. Misbah put the Lahore in first and they got off the worst possible start ever. Before the match they loss Gayle due to back injury and after being sent it Muhammad Irfan and Rumman Raees provided the quick wickets in first 3 overs which sucked the whole momentum of the Lahore innings before it ever begun. The openers Azhar Ali, David Malan and Muhammad Rizwan were the victims.


But the man in form Umar Akmal, you gonna feel bad for him, and Shoaib Maqsood provided much needed partnership so Lahore could post a decent total. Both scored half centuries to provide some sort of momentum. Eventually Sohaib Maqsood got caught at square leg on the bowling of Muhammad Irfan. Umar Akmal on other hand continued to play a delightful innings. Scoring another unbeaten half century and took his team to respectable 150 after the worst possible start.


In reply Islamabad got of the shaky start also. Dwanye smith was caught by Muhammad Rizwan of the bowling of Zia ul Haq and in next over Sharjeel Khan was caught by the same person. But then again another experienced player Brad Haddin, another Australian, steadied the ship along with Khalid Latif and provided the much needed momentum and a match winning partnership. Their running was a bit shaky but they managed to hold on but eventually their luck ran out when Khalid Latif was the victim of the miscommunication.


After the departure of Khalid Latif, Misbah came in and continued the attack with Brad Haddin but there was some chance for the Lahore as the ran out Brad Haddin and then produced a chance of Misbah but they were not able to take it. That was a costly miss and that costed them the match. Misbah steered them home with Azhar Mahmood and sent Karachi through the play-offs.


Now Karachi will play Islamabad on Saturday. Peshawar and Quetta will play for the final spot on Friday. The loser of Friday match will play the winner of Saturday match on Sunday for the final spot of the PSL 2016 final.




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