Peshawar Zalmi go down fighting against Karachi Kings in PSL game - GulfToday

Peshawar Zalmi go down fighting against Karachi Kings in PSL game


Karachi Kings' Umaid Asif (2L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Darren Sammy during the PSL T20 cricket match at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Friday. AFP

Despite a brave effort by aggressive batsman Liam Livingstone and captain Darren Sammy, former champion Peshawar Zalmi went down fighting as Karachi Kings emerged victorious by 10 runs in the final over in the second match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 at the National Stadium Karachi on Friday.

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Livingstone’s unbeaten 54-run knock off 29 balls went in vain as Peshawar finished 191-7 in pursuit of a daunting target of 202 runs.

Livingstone hit three sixes and two fours and kept the 2017 champions in the hunt when he added 62 runs off 31 balls with captain Darren Sammy, who finally fell for 30 off 20 balls in the last over.

SAmmyPSLSpectators carry a poster featuring an image of Darren Sammy outside the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi. AFP

With Peshawar Zalmi needing 16 runs off the final six deliveries, fast bowler Umaid Asif (2-23) took a splendid catch off his own bowling as Sammy miscued a pull shot and the tall fast bowler ran backwards to pluck a brilliant diving catch at short midwicket.

"Umaid Asif bowled an outstanding last over and that helped us clinch the game," Karachi Kings batsman Babar Azam said.

Umaid was a standout bowler in the high-scoring match but Chris Jordan (2-39) had provided the early breakthrough when he trapped Tom Banton (13) leg before wicket and then clean bowled Pakistan under-19 batsman Haider Ali (2) in his second over.

Earlier, after being put in to bat, Karachi’s emphatic total of 201-4 revolved around half centuries by No.1-ranked Twenty20 batsman Babar and captain Imad Wasim.

HassanAliPSLPeshawar Zalmi's cricketers appeal for a runout against Karachi Kings's Sharjeel Khan (R). AFP

Babar hammered seven boundaries and two sixes in scoring 78 off 56 balls while Imad made 50 off 30 deliveries as both batsmen shared a 97-run third wicket stand off only 55 balls.

Babar was dropped on 72 when Shoaib Malik spilled an easy catch in the deep before Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain was run out in the 18th over while attempting a second run.

Opening batsman Sharjeel Khan could score only 19 in his comeback match after the lefthander was banned for spot-fixing during the 2017 PSL.

Pakistan international Hasan Ali also looked rusty on his return from a back injury.

PSLSupportersSpectators carry Pakistani flags as they arrive to enter the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium, before the start of the match between Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars. AFP

Sharjeel pulled two sixes off Hasan early in the innings and the fast bowler conceded 52 runs off his four overs for the wickets of Sharjeel and Imad.

Later on Friday, Lahore Qalandars were to meet Multan Sultan at Gaddafi Stadium, which will be hosting 14 PSL matches as Pakistan’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament has returned home in its entirety after four years.


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