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Cricket players of Islamabad United celebrates their victory at the end of the Pakistan Super League final match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on March 25, 2018.
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In pictures: Islamabad United win PSL with Karachi back on the cricket map

The PSL final is seen as a major step towards reviving international cricket in the country.
Updated Mar 26, 2018 10:04pm

The stands of Karachi's National Stadium roared with the chants of a packed crowd as international cricket returned to the metropolis after a nine-year break with the Pakistan Super League final on Sunday.

The PSL final — in which Islamabad United beat title holders Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets — is a major step towards reviving international cricket, that was suspended in 2009 following attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

Islamabad, who won the inaugural PSL champions titles in 2016, rode on a brisk 26-ball 52 by Luke Ronchi spiced with five sixes and four boundaries which anchored his team's successful chase of 149-run target in 16.5 overs.

Ronchi also finished as top run-getter with 435 runs in 11 matches. Asif Ali smashed three sixes in his 26 not out.

Shadab Khan celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Darren Sammy. —AFP
Shadab Khan celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Darren Sammy. —AFP

J P Duminy eyes the ball during the PSL final match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United. —AFP
J P Duminy eyes the ball during the PSL final match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United. —AFP

Liam Dawson is clean bowled by Mohammad Sami during the PSL final match in Karachi. —AFP
Liam Dawson is clean bowled by Mohammad Sami during the PSL final match in Karachi. —AFP

Cricket fans waves Chinese flag during the PSL final match at the National Cricket Stadium. —AFP
Cricket fans waves Chinese flag during the PSL final match at the National Cricket Stadium. —AFP

Liam Dawson of Zalmi walks back after clean bowled by Mohammad Sami of United. —AFP
Liam Dawson of Zalmi walks back after clean bowled by Mohammad Sami of United. —AFP

Islamabad United players celebrate their victory. —AFP
Islamabad United players celebrate their victory. —AFP

Umaid Asif of Peshawar Zalmi celebrates after dismissing Walton of Islamabad United. —AFP
Umaid Asif of Peshawar Zalmi celebrates after dismissing Walton of Islamabad United. —AFP

Wahab Riaz of Peshawar Zalmi plays a shot during the PSL final match. —AFP
Wahab Riaz of Peshawar Zalmi plays a shot during the PSL final match. —AFP

Chris Jordan of Peshawar Zalmi takes catch to dismiss Shadab Khan of Islamabad United. —AFP