Asif sparkles on debut as Peshawar wallop Islamabad

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Asif sparkles on debut as Peshawar wallop Islamabad

The 22-yard greenish stripe at the Ring of Fire has been a delight for the bowlers while batsmen have to put up their best show to muster respectable numbers on the electronic scoreboards around the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

However, for reasons best known to him, he was caught up in a freakish spot-fixing scandal which came to light in 2017. Teenager Ibtisam Sheikh, 19 also impressed with a three-wicket haul in only his second PSL outing. In per-match ratio term Pakistan Super League is second only to Indian Premier League.

Having improved steadily in both editions of the PSL, Karachi Kings stand at the crossroads of greatness in the PSL. But overall both the former PSL Champions maintain nearly even PSL records as against Peshawar Zalmi's 57.14% triumphs, Islamabad Unites have 55.00%.

Sangakkara played terrifically well at the top, bludgeoning a crisp 57 from 51 balls in a knock which included two sixes and a consistent strike-rate of 111.76. "I was the top scorer in last season's edition and I aim to retain that title this year as well". New Zealand former skipper Brendon McCullum, West Indies Narine, Mustafizur and Fakhar know what it takes to win around the world, if only they could get their act together for the Qalanders.

While the attraction of lucrative financial rewards is a major reason why many English players would have chosen to play in the PSL, the fact remains that for seasoned campaigners like Kevin Pietersen, money is not the only incentive. Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan and Hasan Ali are leading the pace attack of Peshawar Zalmi.

Malik (36*) plundered a six with five balls to spare to get Tom Moody's side over the line with little fuss in their very first PSL outing, in what was an early indication that the Sultans could well be in the mix for honours come the final in Karachi on March 25. As the cricket fever takes over the nation, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers in more than 600 cities worldwide is ready to showcase its love for the game through various promotions and offers.

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