Babar’s unbeaten 90 off 60 balls — including 13 fours and a six — led Karachi to 198-3 with seven balls to spare in yet another successful chase in Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league.
Defending champion Multan won all their five games in the Karachi leg of the tournament and put up another scintillating performance in the opening match of the Lahore leg against Peshawar to all but seal a place in the playoffs.
After being invited to bat, in-form Lahore Qalandars handed a 183-run target to unbeaten Multan Sultans, but the Mohammad Rizwan-led side could not live up to the situation as they were all out for 130 runs. The 20-year-old Zaman Khan claimed three wickets and gave away only 21 runs in 3.3 overs.
Led by captain Mohammad Rizwan’s (83 not out) fifth half-century this season and a whopping 71 off just 26 balls from Rilee Rossouw, Multan racked up 245-3 after Rizwan had won the toss and opted to bat first.
The event began with a documentary shedding light on the journey of cricket in Pakistan featuring a voice over by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. Paragliders also descended from the sky at one point, making a clean landing in the stadium.
Left-handed Masood made 83 off 50 balls while Rizwan’s (69) sublime form in the T20s continued as he scored his second successive half-century in Multan’s record-breaking chase of 209-5 with two balls to spare.
A packed 30,000 Gaddafi stadium — mostly supporting the local Lahore team — was enthralled by Rossouw, who hit seven fours and a six. Fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani finished with 3-19 for Sultans.
The 41-year-old scored a fighting 46-ball 69 to guide Qalandars to 180-5 after they won the toss and batted before a packed 30,000 Gaddafi stadium. Hafeez then chipped in with wickets of Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Azmat to bowl the defending champions for 138 in 19.3 overs.
A maiden four-fer in his sixth T20 match by Shahnawaz Dahani and a century second wicket partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood steered Multan Sultans to a clinical eight-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi in the 21st match of
Three wickets from Imran Khan and 44 each from Khushdil Shah and player of the match Rilee Rossouw powered Multan Sultans to a 12-run win over Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) match at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi