Karachi Kings down lacklustre Lahore Qalandars to clinch maiden PSL title
Profitable facet restricted Sohail Akhtar-led unit to 134/7 after being requested to area first
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Babar Azam powered Karachi Kings to their maiden Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) title as the house facet beat lacklustre Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets on Tuesday at Nationwide Stadium, Karachi.
Whereas chasing a modest goal of 135, Kings had been dealt an early blow as they misplaced left-hand opener Sharjeel for 13 within the fourth over.
Babar seemed in beautiful type as he dispatched Qalandars’ bowlers for few trendy boundaries within the powerplay. England’s Alex Hales (11) was additionally wanting snug on the crease earlier than his stumps had been castled by pacer Dilbar Hussain, with Kings on 49.
Babar continued to surge in direction of the goal as he mixed with wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton for a 61-run partnership. Dilbar got here again to choose his second wicket as he eliminated Walton for 22,
With Karachi nonetheless needing 11 from the final three overs, Haris Rauf struck on again to again deliveries to take away Iftikhar Ahmed(4) and Sherfane Rutherford (0).
Regardless of the late hiccup, Babar’s unbeaten 63 from 49 balls, was sufficient to take Karachi over the end line.
Earlier, Karachi Kings restricted Lahore Qalandars to 134/7 after being requested to area first.
Tamim Iqbal discovered it tough to time the ball early on, whereas Fakhar Zaman tried to play his pictures from the get go. The opening duo may solely handle 68 runs within the first 10 overs courtesy of disciplined bowling by Karachi bowlers. Umaid Asif was lastly rewarded within the 11th over as he dismissed each openers, Tamim (35) and Fakhar (27), as they tried to speed up the innings.
Kings captain Imad Wasim then returned to inflict additional harm on Qalandars as he eliminated the in-form all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez for simply two runs.
Lahore saved shedding wickets at common intervals as pacer Arshad Iqbal picked the necessary scalps of Ben Dunk (11) and Samit Patel (5).
Sohail Akhtar hoped to play a captain’s knock within the last however was solely capable of muster 14 runs. Just a few large hits from all-rounder David Wiese and tailender Shaheen Afridi helped Qalandars attain a preventing complete.