KARACHI: The clash of the titans in Karachi tonight, 22 gladiators entertained with their skill, class, hitting prowess, flair and flamboyance, the largest city of Pakistan decorated with fairy lights and hoardings on the traveling routes of the teams set to light the stage ablaze with skillful fireworks in the ground in the live action bat and ball bonanza.
The Inaugural PSL champions Islamabad United set the tone of the match from ball one while the defending champions looked jittery as their best batsman, Kamran Akmal was the first to depart with bothering the scorers much and it was all downhill from then onwards for the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi.
The highest run getter being the all rounder Chris Jordan who was promoted up the order for the final.
Wahab Riaz with a quickfire 28 provided much needed impetus to the batting and made sure that the Zalmi’s reached a respectable total of 149.
Spinner Shadab Khan was impressive, as he took 3 wickets including the Zalmi’s Captain Darren Sammy for Islamabad.
Go Ronchi Go, The New Zealand import (One Man Army) has worked wonders for the Islamabad United since joining the team and tonight was no different as people ducked for cover when Luke Ronchi wreaked carnage on the opposition scoring a fiery 52 from 26 balls in a match winning effort after an all around display of masterful stroke making.
Not to be outdone by Ronchi his Pakistani counterpart Sahibzada Farhan scored an impressive 44 of 33 deliveries.
Chris Jordan for the Peshawar Zalmi was like a man possessed today, taking probably the best catch of the tournament, making crucial runs up the order and taking coveted wickets at the right time.
Peshawar Zalmi made a fist of things and fought their hearts out after the Ronchi blitz, getting wicket after wicket and they were as good as home till Kamran Akmal dropped a catch of Asif Ali when Islamabad was 120 for 6 and then an overthrow cost them six runs till the drama died down, Kamran one might say, dropped the PSL trophy.
Getting a new life Asif Ali sealed the fate of Peshawar and dashed their hopes hitting three towering sixes, back to back.
Pakistan Super League’s third edition, which started with great pomp and show came to a close with the grand finale today, Sunday.
The traffic plan was laid out and the fans are were to cheer and chant at the top of their lungs, which they did aplenty.
Pakistan has been plagued with terrorism for more than a decade now but in the recent years the Pakistan Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies along with the local population have put up a vociferous fight against the transgressors of law spilling innocent blood on the land, we have made amazing inroads in the fight and the safety and security conditions of the country have increased manifold.
Islamabad United looked head and shoulders above their opponents and just snatched the game away from Peshawar’s hands like a piece of delicious cake.
The second edition of PSL saw Peshawar Zalmi’s entire foreign playing arsenal traveled to Lahore for a momentous final which went without a hitch.
This year, PCB decided to host Eliminator 1 and 2 in Lahore on March 20 and 21, 2018 and the final in Karachi on March 25, 2018.
Peshawar Zalmi had won the toss and elected to bat first against Islamabad United.
J.P Duminy was the stand-in Captain for the United replacing the Injured Misbah Ul Haq who is recovering from a hairline fracture.
Closing ceremony of Pakistan Super League kicked off with great zeal and zest, as we were witnessing a historic moment in Pakistan, after cricket of such magnitude came back to the city of lights, Karachi.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, Najam Sethi in his opening speech during the closing ceremony thanked all stake holders who made this huge event possible, especially Prime Minister, Chief Minister Sindh, Sindh Rangers, and the Pakistan Armed Forces but said that the PSL belongs to the people of Pakistan.
The gates to the venue were opened at 12 noon, and some spectators had shown up as early as 12:30pm on a sunny Sunday. The gates were to close at 5pm, however, the time was extended by two hours as visitors continued to arrive.
Heart throb Ali Zafar once again proved himself to be the best performer along with the ever green Strings, Shehzad Roy, gracious Aima Baig and the enthralling Farhan Saeed who lit the venue and got the adrenaline pumping.
The handed over the responsibility to monitor the security situation to Rangers personnel, who remained vigilant for security inside the National Stadium, while police and other law enforcement authorities will secure the stadium from the outside.
Estimated 8,500 police personnel were deployed around the stadium for the match, according to DIG Traffic Imran Yaqoob Minhas.
A total of 1,600 traffic police officers were deployed across the city to assist pedestrians in avoiding traffic congestion and other traffic problems.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi decided to watch the final of Pakistan Super League 2018 at National Stadium in Karachi today and came with the Minister of Information Mariyam Aurangzeb in tow.
CJP Saqib Nisar attended the final and was seen seated with Najam Sethi as a chief guest while Maryum N. Sharif shot a cryptic and unsavory tweet taunting him with a badly photoshopped accompanying image.
International cricket returns to Karachi that once was a terror-stricken city. Thank you Nawaz Sharif. Even PPP govt under AZ couldn’t do it pic.twitter.com/5UWGnqjTYf
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) March 25, 2018