Karachi is the winner today when defending champions Peshawar Zalmi take on Islamabad United at the National Stadium in the final of the Pakistan Super League’s third edition.
Today’s PSL final is being billed as Karachi’s biggest match of the decade, the last Test and international match were played against Sri Lanka in February 2009.
The visiting teams and officials have been provided with head-of-the-state-level security with thousands of security personnel deployed to ensure smooth staging of the final. Elaborate traffic plans are also in place to ensure hassle-free access of the cricket fans to the NSK.
The administration put up billboards and portraits of players across the city to welcome the cricket, which ignited a lot of interest among the Karachiites and people were seen taking selfies with them.
The spectacular closing ceremony began with the PCB Chairman thanking everyone for making the final in Karachi a success followed by thrilling performances of singers Aima Baig, Farhan Saeed, Shehzad Roy, Strings and Ali Zafar.
Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat against Islamabad United here at the jam-packed National Stadium on Sunday.
Jean-Paul Duminy is leading Islamabad United in place of Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been ruled out of the game because of an injury.
There is no change in Peshawar Zalmi team where as Islamabad United have brought in Chadwick Walton in place of Alex Hales.
Peshawar Zalmi XI: Kamran Akmal, Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez. Saad Nasim, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Wasif, Sameen Gul.
Islamabad United XI: Luke Ronchi, Chadwick Walton, JP Duminy, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Ammad Butt, Mohammad Sami, Samit Patel.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have reached Karachi to watch the final along with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail, Senator Musadik Malik, Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali.