Peshawar Zalmi opened their campaign with an impressive 24-run win over Islamabad United who suffered their second defeat on the trot in Dubai on Friday.
Chasing a target of 146, United's run chase lack momentum to finish on 121-9 despite a fluent 28 from Watson and a belligerent 26 in the middle by Billings.
Left arm spinner Ashgar was the destroyer in chief claiming three for 20 while Riaz snared three for 23 with Tait also impressing with figures of two for 23.
Non-striker Khalid is run out by the keeper in a comedy of errors. United 110-9, 18.2 overs.
Imran Khalid run out 4 (6b)
Tait finishes with figures of two for 24. United 110-8, 18 overs.
It's all over bar the shouting as Billings perishes with Asghar taking another superb catch. United 103-8, 16.3 overs.
Sam Billings c Asghar b Riaz 26 (20b 1x4 1x6)
Asghar takes a superb catch at point as Russell hammers Riaz powerfully. United 103-7, 16.2 overs.
Andre Russell c Asghar b Riaz 12 (12b 0x4 1x6)
Billings flicks a full toss on the off from Junaid for an extraordinary six over midwicket. United 103-6, 16 overs.
Russell lives upto his billing by slapping Tait over backward point for a six. United 76-6, 13 overs.
Tait strikes with the United procession continuing as Zaidi nicks one behind. United 70-6, 12.3 overs.
Ashar Zaidi c Kamran Akmal b Tait 2 (7b)
Misbah cannot perform another rescue act as Asghar claims another one. United 66-5, 11 overs.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Mohammad Hafeez b Mohammad Asghar 12 (12b 2x4)
Riaz gets Watson who cuts straight to point after having hit a boundary earlier in the over. United 55-4, 8.5 overs.
Misbah makes his intentions clear by sweeping Asghar for a boundary first ball.
Asghar strikes again as Amin hits straight to mid-off. United 37-3, 5.4 overs.
Umar Amin c Junaid Khan b Mohammad Asghar 4 (6b)
Zalmi gets another one as Azam goes for a duck.United 30-2, 3.3 overs.
Babar Azam c Hafeez b Asghar 0 (8b)
Watson gets going hitting three boundaries off Junaid. United 26-1, 2 overs.
Tait strikes castling Sharjeel after being hammered for two boundaries. United 9-1, 0.5 overs.
Sharjeel Khan b Tait 8 (3b 2x4)
Peshawar Zalmi notched the highest total of the PSL so far of 145-7 helped by a composed half century by Tamim Iqbal (51) and cameos form Afridi, Yousuf and Sammy in a spendid team effort.
Russell claimed three for 41 but Ajmal (4-0-19-1) and Rumman Raees (4-0-14-1) were the pick of spinners.
Ajmal's direct hit accounts for Sammy after a bit of hesitation with Riaz. Zalmi 142-7, 19.4 overs.
Darren Sammy run out 10 (4b 0x4 1x6)
Sammy has smashed a half tracker from Zaidi into the crowd at midwicket.
Russell's hat-trick ball strays down the leg side and is glanced to boundary by Riaz.
Russell is on a hat-trick after Tamim hits straight to Watson. Zalmi 125-6, 18.2 overs.
Tamim Iqbal c Watson b Russell 51 (51b 3x4 1x6)
Afridi has miscued Russell who takes a skier which has gone miles up in the air. Zalmi 125-5, 18.1 overs.
Shahid Afridi c & b Russell 16 (12b 1x4 1x6)
Tamim completes a run-a-ball half century while Raees completes an excellent spell of returning figures of 4-0-14-1. Zalmi 124-4, 18 overs.
Tamim slams two consecutive boundaries through the covers off Watson while Afridi clubs him over long-off for a six. Zalmi 119-4, 17 overs.
Afridi opens his account by lofting Russell to the midwicket fence. Zalmi 96-4, 15 overs.
Russell strikes rattling the stumps of Yousuf. Zalmi 88-4, 14.1 overs.
Shahid Yousuf b Russell 16 (16b 1x4)
Tamim finally gets going giving Zaidi the charge to slam a boundary down the ground followed by a six over long-on. Zalmi 72-3, 11 overs.
Yousuf sweeps Ajmal first boundary to fine leg for a boundary.
Ajmal has the last laugh as Akmal goes across and is trapped leg before. Zalmi 43-3. 7.5 overs.
Kamran Akmal lbw b Saeed Ajmal 8 (8b 1x4)
Kamran Akmal finally gets cracking rocking back and slamming Ajmal through the covers for a boundary.
Watson takes a good catch at midwicket to send back Malan. Zalmi 33-2, 5.2 overs.
Ajmal into the attack in the third over and nearly gets a wicket off the first delivery as Malan slashes him past Watson at slip for a boundary. Zalmi 23-1, 3 overs.
Billings takes a brilliant diving catch in mid air to dismiss Hafeez who edges Watson. Zalmi 18-1, 1.5 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez c Billings b Watson 11 (9b 2x4)
Hafeez whips Watson off his pads for a delightful boundary.
Hafeez hits the first boundary with a classic drive through the covers and Peshawar Zalmi on their way. Zalmi 12-0, 1 over.
Shahid Afridi calls right and Peshawar Zalmi will bat first.
Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afirid's Peshawar Zalmi will explode into action in Match 3 of HBL PSL against Islamabad United under lights at Dubai International Stadium.
Peshawar Zalmi: Aamer Yamin, Abdur Rehman, J Allenby, Hasan Ali, Israrullah, CJ Jordan, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, DJ Malan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hafeez, Musadiq Ahmed, DJG Sammy, Shahid Afridi, Shahid Yousuf, Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz
Islamabad United: Amad Butt, Ashar Zaidi, Babar Azam, S Badree, SW Billings, BJ Haddin, Hussain Talat, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, AD Russell, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Amin, SR Watson
Kings reign supreme
Karachi Kings riding on an enterprising 109-run stand between Shakib Al Hasan (51) and Lendl Simmons (62 not out) romped to a seven-wicket wicket over Lahore Qalandars in Match 2 of HBL PSL in Dubai on Friday.
Chasing a modest target of 126, Kings were home with more than four overs to spare replying with 131-3 in 15.5 overs.
Kings skipper Malik slams a massive straight six off Delport to level the scores and another six for the winning hit.
Shakib's wonderful knock comes to an end hammering Delport down the throat of Cooper. Kings 113-3, 13.3 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan c Cooper b Delport 51 (34b 3x4 3x6)
Simmons completes a 36-ball 50 while Shakib reaches a 32-ball 50 in style by slamming Khan for a six over midwicket as Kings race to the target.
Zohaib bowls a good comeback over but drops a return catch off Simmons. Kings 78-2, 9 overs.
Simmons is on fire blasting a couple of boundaries and a six off Bravo. Kings 77-2, 8 overs.
Simmons has blasted a boundary and massive six off a free-hit for a no-ball off Cooper to power Kings to 57-2, 6 overs.
Shakib cracks two consecutive boundaries off Bravo upper cutting a width ball and then delicately edging past the keeper. Kings 43-2, 5 overs.
Shakib goes one better slog sweeping Gohar into the second tier at midwicket for the first maximum of the innings followed by another over long-on. Kings 31-2, 4 overs.
Simmons gets cracking lofting Gohar over his head and then cutting to third man for consecutive boundaries.
Bravo drops a sitter from Shakib (1) who miscues Haq. Kings 10-2, 3 overs.
Vince is trapped plumb in front attempting to sweep Gohar. Kings 5-2, 2 overs.
James Vince lbw b Zafar Gohar 3 (7b)
Haq draws first blood as Anwar falls to the leg trap. Kings 1-1, 0.4 overs.
Karachi Kings have restricted Lahore Qalandars to 124-8 with Amir taking a hat-trick to finish with figures of 3-27.
Tanvir castles Rizwan who plays on. Qaland 124-8, 19.5 overs.
Mohammad Rizwan b Sohail Tanvir 37 (31b 3x4 1x6)
Cooper is trapped leg before as Amir takes the first hat-trick of PSL. Qalnd 117-7, 18.4 overs.
Kevin Cooper lbw b Mohammad Amir 0 (1b)
Amir is on a hat-trick as Zohaib scoops it to the keeper. Qalan 117-6, 18.3 overs.
Zohaib Khan c Saifullah Bangash b Mohammad Amir 0 (1b)
Amir strikes rattling the stumps of Bravo. Qalan 117-5, 18.2 overs.
Dwayne Bravo b Mohammad Amir 14 (14b 1x4)
Amir is back and Rizwan drills him through the covers for a boundary to bring up the 100 of the innings. Qalan 107-4, 17 overs.
Rizwan charges down the track and lofts Wasim over long-on for a six. Qalan 98-4, 16 overs.
Bravo gets cracking by slashing Shakib over covers for a boundary. Qalan 89-4, 15 overs.
Maqsood is gone with Bopara pouching a mishit. Qalan 80-4, 14 overs.
Rizwan gets going by sweeping Wasim for a boundary. Qalan 63-3, 11 overs.
Outstanding fielding by Ifthikar accounts for Delport who fails to ground his crease after backing up. Qaland 56-3, 9.4 overs.
Cameron Delport run out 17 (22b 1x4)
Maqsood virtually flicks Wasim powerfully almost with his bottom hand over long on for a thundering six. Qalan 55-2, 9 overs.
Shakib strikes after being hammered for a boundary first ball by Delport with Azhar giving him the charge and playing the wrong line. Qalan 37-2, 5 overs.
Azhar Ali b Shakib Al Hasan 18 (16b 3x4)
Azhar is on his way cracking a couple of boundaries off Amir. Qalan 30-1, 4 overs.
Azhar slaps Amir over the infield on the off for a boundary. Qalan 11-1, 2 overs.
Malik has struck in the first over as Gayle perishes after slamming a boundary. Qalandars 6-1, 0.4 overs.
Chris Gayle c Vince b Shoaib Malik 6 (4b 1x4)
Karachi Kings led by Shoaib Malik have won the toss and opted to put Azhar Ali-led Lahore Qalandars in to bat first in Dubai on Friday.
Karachi Kings: Nauman Anwar, LMP Simmons, JM Vince, Shoaib Malik, Shakib Al Hasan, RS Bopara, Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Saifullah Bangash, Mohammad Amir, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Usama Mir, Mir Hamza, TM Dilshan, Fawad Alam
Lahore Qalandars: Azhar Ali, CH Gayle, CS Delport, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, DJ Bravo, Naved Yasin, KK Cooper, Zafar Gohar, Zohaib Khan, Zia-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Yasir Shah, Mustafizur Rahman, Abdul Razzaq, Ehsan Adil, Adnan Rasool, Hammad Azam