Peshawar Zalmi thumped Karachi Kings by 61 runs in ending phase of PSL


Karachi(Cliff News)Kamran Akmal smashed a robust half-century while the pace quartet led by Hasan Ali shared nine wickets as Peshawar Zalmi thumped Karachi Kings by 61 runs at the National Stadium, Karachi on Monday, ending the league phase with number one position in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 edition.Kamran scored a fiery 48-ball 86 studded with five well timed sixes and ten boundaries and took a leading part in the team’s record opening stand in HBL PSL history of 137 with Imam-ul-Haq (40-ball 59) to steer the team to 203-7 in 20 overs.Karachi Kings, who had already qualified for the play-offs but had an outside chance of finishing in the top two, were lifted by a 37-ball 71 (seven fours and four sixes) by Colin Ingram before they folded for 142 in 16.2 overs.Hasan led the Zalmi pace attack with 3-15 while Wahab  (2-19), Tymal Mills (2-25) and Sameen Gul (2-49) shared the spoils.The win lifted Peshawar to 14 points from their ten matches and with a superior net run-rate they finished top of the six-team table, followed by Quetta Gladiators with 14 in ten games, Zalmi also topped the round stage in both 2016 and 2017 HBL PSL editions.Karachi Kings finished with ten points and at fourth spot while Islamabad United are third with ten points in ten matches.Earlier, Multan Sultans beat Lahore Qalanadars by seven wickets to finish fifth while Lahore were consigned to sixth and last.Peshawar hit Karachi hard through their fast bowlers right from the outset.Karachi lost Colin Munro (nought), Babar Azam(13) and Liam Livingstone (six) by the fourth over as the pace attack once again proved potent.Munro was trapped leg-before by Hasan for his second duck of the HBL PSL season and has a measly 63 runs in seven innings. Babar fell to a miscued drive off Sameen Gul while Livingstone fell to Tymal Mills.Ingram added 43 for the fourth-wicket with Ben Dunk (six) but the target was too big for him to handle without any support. Ingram holed out off Mills in the 14th over. Only Imad Wasim offered any resistance with a 30-run contribution.With three wickets added to his tournament tally, Hasan leads the bowling chart of HBL PSL with 21 in ten matches.Man-of-the-match Kamran Akmal said his aim was to be positive.”It was a big total and that was because we were positive,” said Kamran. “We knew that we want to bat long and then credit to the bowlers who defended well because it wasn’t easy defending on this pitch.”Peshawar skipper Darren Sammy said Kamran is his match winner.”The way Kamran batted it was great,” said Sammy. “He is our match winner and once he took us to 200 it was up to the bowlers and Hasan and Wahab are bowling so well together that it paved our win.”Karachi captain Imad praised Kamran.”The way Kamran batted, he took away the match,” said Imad. “He timed the ball so sweetly and it became tough for us to stop him.”Peshawar, put into bat by Karachi Kings, maintained a ten run average throughout their innings as Kamran cut loose right from the start. He smashed three boundaries in the second over by Usman Shinwari to hint what was coming from him.Imam matched his illustrious partner with three hits to the fence off Sohail Khan in the third over while Kamran knocked a four and six each off Imad Wasim and Umer Khan before hitting two sixes and as many fours off Umar as Peshawar raced to 125 by 12 overs.It was part timer Munro who finally gave Karachi a breakthrough with the wicket of Kamran, caught in the deep. Pollard hit two sixes in the same over before failing to Munro.Imam, who hit seven boundaries and a six, became one of Mohammad Amir’s three wickets who finished with figures of 3-24 amidst a run feast by Peshawar.The league has a day’s rest on Tuesday, with Peshawar taking on Quetta Gladiators in the first qualifier on Wednesday. Title holders Islamabad United meet Karachi Kings in the eliminator one on Thursday. Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings by 61 runs in HBL PSL

Brief Scores:Peshawar Zalmi 203-7 in 20 overs (Kamran Akmal 86, Imam-ul-Haq 59; Mohammad Amir 3-24)

Karachi Kings 142 in 16.2 overs (C. Ingram 71, Imad Wasim 30: Hasan Ali 3-15, Wahab Riaz 2-19)



Daraz and Peshawar Zalmi announce exclusive partnership

Daraz-Peshawar Zalmi

Karachi(Cliff News)The leading e-commerce platform in Pakistan, Daraz has announced their partnership with Peshawar Zalmi. Daraz will serve as the Zalmi’s official e-commerce partner for the Pakistan Super League. The MoU, which was signed in Lahore by representatives of Daraz and Javed Afridi, Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi, signals exciting prospects for both organizations that are giants in their respective fields. As part of this partnership, official Zalmi merchandise and Zalmi membership cards will be available on Daraz.Ehsan Saya, Managing Director Daraz Pakistan, commented, “We are excited to team up with Peshawar Zalmi, the biggest franchise in Pakistan. I am confident that, just like this partnership, they will do well this year. We’ll be celebrating cricket, and Peshawar Zalmi with a mega sale campaign of our own- the Pakistan Shopping League. ”To mark the occasion, Mr. Javed Afridi said that “Daraz is one of the fastest growing companies in Pakistan. They have established themselves as the e-commerce giant in Pakistan and we are happy to have them on board with us. Daraz will make it accessible and convenient for fans from across Pakistan to purchase the official merchandise of Peshawar Zalmi.”This is a testament to Daraz’s growing influence in the sphere of sport and entertainment. The Daraz Shopping League, running from February 7, combines two of Pakistan’s favorite past-times, cricket and shopping. The sale will give customers and sports fans alike, the perfect opportunity to enrich their PSL viewing experience by getting their hands on the latest television sets for prices that hit the ball out of the park! Big discounts also available across all other categories, including mobile phones, computing and games, sports and fitness and home and living

HBL Pakistan Super League-Statistical review

HBL PSL Trophy

The HBL Pakistan Super League has grown stronger with every event. This is not only the unanimous opinion of the local and foreign cricketers or the spectators or the pundits of the game, this can be established by carrying out a statistical review of one of the world’s most competitive and challenging leagues on the planet.Below are some statistics for your interest and analysis:

 Most successful team

 The most successful team in HBL PSL’s brief history is Islamabad United, which won titles in 2016 and 2018 and holds a success percentage of 59.67 after winning 19 out of 32 matches.

 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi are the second most successful team, with 19 victories in 34 games. Two-time losing finalists Quetta Gladiator (56.66) are third, with 17 wins out of 31 matches.

 Highest and lowest totals

 203 for eight 8 in 20 overs is the highest total in HBL PSL, which was posted by Gladiators in a successful run-chase against Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of the PSL in 2016. Qalandars batted first and scored 201 for two in 20 overs, but Gladiators chased it on the last ball of the match.

 The lowest total belongs to Qalandars, who were bowled out for 59 against Zalmi in Dubai in 2017.

 Highest PowerPlay score

Gladiators hold the record for the highest total in a PowerPlay – 77 for one against Qalandars during a successful run-chase of 202 in Dubai in 2016.The next highest score at the six-over mark is 75 by Qalandars against Gladiators in Sharjah in 2017 and by United against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2018.

 Most prolific batsman

 With 929 runs at an average of 29.96 and a strike-rate of 133.28, Kamran Akmal is the most successful HBL PSL batsman to date. Zalmi’s Akmal is also the only batsman who has struck two centuries.The most prolific foreign batsman is Australia’s Shane Watson with 684 runs at 29.73. Watson played the first two tournaments for United and the last for Gladiators.

 Centuries in HBL PSL

 There have been only three centuries in the HBL PSL. Two of them by Kamran Akmal and one by Sharjeel Khan of United.

Akmal scored his first hundred (104 off 65 balls) against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2017, while his second (107 not out off 61 balls) was against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2018.

Sharjeel’s century (117 off 62 balls) was against Zalmi in Dubai in the inaugural edition and remains the highest score in the tournament.

 Highest partnerships

 153 runs opening stand between Watson and Sharjeel for United against Qalandars in Sharjah in the inaugural tournament remains the highest partnership for any wicket in HBL PSL to date.The next best is by Zalmi’s pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan against Gladiators, also in Sharjah in 2017.The most successful pair, however, has been Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal, who have together posted 431 runs in nine innings for Zalmi.

 The most destructive batsman

 The batsman with the highest strike-rate among those who have scored, at least, 200 runs in the tournament is United’s Luke Ronchi. He has piled 435 runs off 239 balls at a scoring-rate of 182.00.Ronchi only played in the 2018 tournament and left a huge mark after clubbing 51 fours and 24 sixes.The next most destructive batsman is Shahid Afridi, with 311 runs off 188 balls at a strike-rate of 165.42.However, the batsman who has hit most sixes in the tournament history is Kamran Akmal (49), followed by Watson (43).

 Fours and sixes

 The HBL PSL is known for big hitting as fours and sixes have galore in the three events to date.Before the first ball has been bowled in the tournament, the tournament has already produced 1892 fours and 920 sixes from the bats of some of the finest players in the world.Kamran Akmal has hit the most fours and sixes. He has struck 85 fours and 49 sixes, a tournament record on both counts.Shane Watson is second on the list of batsmen with most sixes – 43 – whereas Ahmed Shahzad with 74 fours is second on the list of batsmen to hit most fours.

 Fastest fifties

 The fastest 50 in the HBL PSL was scored off just 17 balls and came from the bat of Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal in the eliminator against Kings in Lahore in 2018. Akmal finished with 77 off 27 balls as Zalmi qualified for the final.The only other batsman to score 50 in less than 20 balls is United’s Luke Ronchi. He took 19 balls to reach half-century against Kings in the Qualifier in Dubai in 2018.

 Most innings without a duck

Watson has never been dismissed for a duck in the HBL PSL and holds the record for batting most innings without getting out on naught. The next batsman with most innings without a zero is Ravi Bopara, also an overseas player. Among local players, Misbah-ul-Haq and Anwar Ali both have batted 19 innings without a naught.

 Most prolific bowler

The most successful bowler in the history of HBL PSL is Wahab Riaz. He has collected 48 wickets at an average of 16.50, with an economy of 6.75. The left-arm fast bowler has played all the editions for Peshawar Zalmi and was the driving force behind their title win in 2017.The next best is United’s Mohammad Sami with 37 wickets at an economy of 6.55.The overseas player with most wickets is Watson, bagging 22 dismissals.

 Five-wicket hauls

 There have been five five-wicket hauls in the HBL PSL with the first one registered by Kings’ Ravi Bopara. He finished with six for 16 runs against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2016. While four more bowlers have taken a five-for in the tournament, Bopara’s figures have not been bettered.Shahid Afridi (Zalmi) and Mohammad Sami (United) were two other bowlers who claimed five wickets in 2016. No bowler managed a five-for in the 2017 edition whereas two, Umar Gul (Multan Sultans) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Qalandars), pouched five-wicket hauls in 2018.

 Most maiden overs

 Shahid Afridi, who played the first two tournaments for Zalmi and third for Kings, has bowled five maiden overs in the PSL, which is most for any bowler. Next best is Mohammad Amir, who has delivered four scoreless overs for Kings. The tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has bowled three maidens for United and Sultans.

 Most dismissals and catches

 Zalmi’s wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has inflicted the highest amount of dismissals behind the stumps. He has 30 dismissals (23 catches and 7 stumping).The player who has taken most catches as an outfielder is his younger brother, Umar Akmal, grabbing 15 catches.

Most player of the match awards

Luke Ronchi may have appeared in only one season so far, but his number of player-of-the-match awards is more than anyone else. He has bagged five in 11 games in the United’s successful campaign in 2018.Three players have bagged the award on four occasions – Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal, Gladiators’ Mohammad Nawaz and United’s Mohammad Sami.


PCB entrusted TCS to bring PSL trophy to Pakistan

Karachi (Cliff News)The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has entrusted TCS (Pvt) Ltd., Pakistan’s leading courier and logistics company to carry the prestigious PSL Trophy from the UAE to Pakistan.TCS will carry the PSL Trophy securely through its vast network and hand it over to PCB at a press conference in Karachi where the finalist captains will also be present.Expressing his views, Naiyar Saifi, Director Marketing & Public Affairs, TCS Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd. said, “This is an enormous task given by PCB to us but, as always, we will achieve our goal the way we have accomplished other goals in the past. We are thankful to PCB for entrusting us with this responsibility.”Tickets for the eliminators to be held in Lahore are already on sale online on and selected TCS Express Centers across the country. Meanwhile sale of tickets for the final match to be held at National Stadium Karachi will be announced soon.


HBL PSL Trophy


PSL eliminator tickets available at TCS Express Centers

Karachi (Cliff News)Tickets for the two eliminator matches of Pakistan Super League 2018 to be played in Lahore are  available exclusively at TCS Express Centres from today.The tickets will be available at 78 TCS express centres in Karachi, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Raiwind, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Hyderabad. Details of the locations of these TCS Express Centers are available on the website.Due to security reasons, there is a maximum cap of five tickets per CNIC and buyers will have to be present with their original CNICs at the time of making the purchase.Expressing his views, M.A. Mannan, President and CEO, TCS Holdings said, “We are delighted to be part of the Pakistan Super League. Cricket, as we know, has huge fan following in the country and we thank the PCB for entrusting us with the responsibility of sale of tickets. We are confident that we will facilitate cricket fans by offering smooth and hassle free delivery of tickets to let them enjoy thrilling moments of PSL in Pakistan.The tickets for the two eliminators are already available online on for the sale of tickets for the final of PSL to be played in Karachi will be made soon.






Catch the Cricket Season with JAZZ


Islamabad(Cliff News) Jazz,Pakistan’s number one digitaltelecommunication company, has launched Jazz Cricket to ensure you catch the action on the go, covering all the major international and domestic matches.This Android application has a clear and simple interface and has been designed for quick access to the latest videos and match highlights.It gives the fastest scores, match schedules, a summary of match results, the latest from the world of cricket. Cricket fans are in for a treat, as player profiles, stats and exciting.“Jazz Cricket is the fastest, most comprehensive cricket app ever launched in Pakistan. We have added a plethora of exciting features and I am sure it will transform the way cricket lovers follow the game during this year’s most anticipated domestic tournament,” said Kazim Mujtaba, Head of Marketing – Jazz.Jazz Cricket is available on the Google Play Store, and has been downloadedover a 100,000 times and currently has a 4.5-star rating.Jazz Cricket encapsulates Jazz’scommitment to its customers, bydeveloping digital solutions to match and address their needs.

Hareem Farooq to host PSL Opening Ceremony


Karachi(Cliff News)After giving us the blockbuster Parchi at the beginning of the year, actress & producer Hareem Farooq is all set to host the opening ceremony of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) on February 22, 2018 in Dubai.One of the biggest cricketing events in the world, Pakistan Super League is all set to kick off in Dubai. Various celebrities are flying to attend the event and to cheer their favorite team, the event seems to be one of a kind and has already created a lot of hype among the masses.It’s not the first time that Hareem will be hosting any event, she previously received tremendous accolades for her performance as a host for Hum Awards 2017 held in Lahore.“It’s a moment of great pride for me to represent our great nation Pakistan at such a huge platform and that too on international ground! PSL is one of the biggest sporting events for our amazing nation, bringing us together and hosting the opening ceremony is an honor for me as a actor, as a producer and most importantly a Pakistani.” stated Hareem Farooq when talking about hosting the PSL opening ceremony.The news was announced on the official Pakistan Super League platforms.

About Hareem Farooq:

Hareem Farooq is an award-winning stage, television & film actress, along with a producer behind the blockbuster films Parchi (2018) & Janaan (2016). Farooq began her career with theatre, playing the lead role of Fatima Jinnah in Pawnay 14 August and Kiran in AanganTerha. The following year, she made her big screen debut with a lead role in the 2013 horror thriller film Siyaah, and then established her big screen presence as the protagonist in Mehreen Jabbar’smagnum opus Dobara Phir Se in 2016 and the first hit of 2018 – Parchi. Farooq has also appeared in many hit television dramas including Mausam, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Dusri Bivi and Diyar-e-Dil to name a few.