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The defending champs Islamabad United faced Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match of PSL 2017 on 9th February 2017 at UAE Cricket Stadium. After toss Islamabad skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to bat 1st while closely observed the pitch conditions @ UAE.
The opening pair of Zalmi, Muhammad Hafeez along with DJ Malan came out to open up innings for their team in this crucial match. Islamabad got their 1st wicket on very 1st bowl of the match and Hafeez returned to pavilion without opening his account.
Kamran Akmal was the next man in for Zalmi and he joined Malan on crease, both these players just stunned everyone with their superb batting performance and contributed 122 runs for 2nd wicket partnership in 11th over of the match.
Kamran Akmal along with Malan played aggressively and no bowler from United was able to stop flow of runs from their bat. At the total of 122 runs Zalmi lost their 2nd wicket and this time DJ Malan was targeted by Watson 43 runs. Zalmi lost their 3rd important wicket on 126 runs and this time Eoin Morgan on 1 runs was bowled out by Saeed Ajmal.
Although Peshawar lost their wickets in quick sessions but Kamran Akmal played well on the other side and kept his team run rate over 10 throughout the innings. The middle order batting line-up of Peshawar was just collapsed in front of strong bowling attack of United and no other batsmen from Zalmi was able to made any big partnership.
Peshawar Zalmi at the end of 20 over scored 190 runs and lost their 9 wickets but all of above was the performance of Kamran Akmal was bat as he played brilliant innings of 88 runs on just 48 bowls and hit 6 sixes and 6 fours in his superbly made innings.
Islamababd in returned did not able to started off well as at the total of 14 runs United lost their 1st wicket in shape of Sharjeel Khan who just departed on 1 run and Hasan Ali took his crucial wicket. At this stage DR Smith and BJ Haddin played well and took their team total to 79 runs in 9th over of the match.
At the total of 118 runs United lost their 2nd wicket and this time well settled BJ Haddin was hunted by Jordan and he returned to pavilion on 73 runs. As the 2nd innings was interrupted by rain so the match was limited to 18 over and target was cut down to 173 runs.
Islamabad United in 17th over of their innings achieved the required target while lost their 3 wickets. DR Smith also played well and scored 55 runs. SR Watson in depth over scored 26 runs and helped his team to cross victory line and won their opening match of PSL 2017.