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PSL 2018: Tamim Iqbal to miss Eliminator against Karachi

Tamim has played six games in the tournament thus far and has scored 161 runs at an average of 32.20

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Tamim Iqbal has carved a reputation for being one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket. The Bangladeshi cricketer has been in prime form in the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy also featuring India and hosts Sri Lanka. The 29-year old is currently representing the Peshawar Zalmi in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

He played five games for the franchise and then traveled Sri Lanka for national duties in the T20 triangular series. Nevertheless, he came back for Peshawar Zalmi’s eliminator against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators.  He took the Darren Sammy-led team off to a healthy start with a decent knock of 27 runs off 29 balls, which included five boundaries.

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Injured knee for Tamim

However, the franchise has been jolted with a body blow as the swashbuckling batsman will now be unavailable for today’s eliminator against the Karachi Kings owing to a knee injury. As per reports in Dawn News, the opener will go to Bangkok for medical assessment of his injured knee. However, he can still return for the Final at Karachi, provided the Zalmi qualifies for the game on Sunday.

Tamim has played six games in the tournament thus far and has scored 161 runs at an average of 32.20. His top score of 39 runs came against the Zalmi’s victorious campaign against the Misbah-ul-Haq led Islamabad United. Peshawar Zalmi had an erratic run in the league stage having won five out of their ten games.

However, they somehow managed to finish in the top four. They played their first eliminator against the Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium and emerged victoriously. Anwar Ali of the Gladiators bashed left-arm spinner Liam Dawson to the cleaners in the final over. However, the Zalmi managed to brush them aside by one run and progressed to the second qualifier.

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