Though Islamabad bowlers later struck, the efforts were not enough as Dwayne Smith and Mohammad Hafeez helped Zalmi reach 176-6 in 20 overs.
The first match of the third edition of PSL will be seeing the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi, locking horns with the debutants of this season, Multan Sultans. He dismissed both openers of United, Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi, apart from two middle-order batsmen.
While Islamabad United will be playing their first match of the season, Peshawar come into the game having lost their first match by seven wickets to newcomers Multan Sultans.
And the decision to stage the three final matches of the PSL at home, in Lahore and Karachi, could pave the way for the entire tournament to be staged in Pakistan next year.
PSL 2018: Peshawar Zalmi to take on Karachi Kings
Speaking at the opening ceremony of PSL's third edition in Dubai, Sethi said that PSL was growing every year and would grow further in the upcoming years. Armed with some seasoned performers in the shape of Andre Russell and JP Duminy and the precocious talent of Shadab Khan and Sahibzada Farhan with some fancy all-round talent of Faheem Ashraf, Islamabad will remain the front-runners for the title in a quiet sort of a way.
A year ago the PSL spot-fixing scandal led to at least six Pakistani players being suspended while two of them, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, were immediately suspended and sent back home from Dubai.
Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal started Peshawar Zalmi at a brisk pace with Akmal hitting two fours and a six in the first over bowled by Imad Wasim. A five-ball duck from Brendon McCullum set them back but Zaman found an ideal partner in the form of Umar Akmal. They knew that they had to keep wickets in hand and the asking rate was not much of a bother.
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