Karachi Kings’ players celebrate after the dismissal of Lahore Qalandars' Kamran Ghulam in Lahore. AFP
On the same wicket where Multan had earlier racked up 245-3, Karachi pinned down Lahore to 127-9 after getting bowled out for 149 in 19.5 overs.
Left-arm fast bowler Mir Hamza took the heart out of Lahore’s chase with 4-27 that included key wickets of Fakhar Zaman (1) off his first ball and then shut down the chase by removing Harry Brook (26) and David Wiese (31) in the death overs.
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"We were 10-15 runs short, but we got the key wicket of Fakhar Zaman early and it helped us,” Karachi captain Babar Azam said.
Earlier, young fast bowler Zaman Khan (4-16) and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (4-17) struck with regular intervals and restricted Karachi to what appeared to be a below-par total.
Karachi Kings’ Mir Hamza (left) celebrates with teammates during the Pakistan Super League in Lahore. AFP
Rashid entertained a capacity crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium in his second last PSL game this season when he had Pakistan under-19 captain Qasim Akram (26) clean bowled and followed it up by having top-scorer Babar (39) stumped in successive overs.
Rashid, who will not be playing in the PSL playoffs next week because of national duty, clean bowled Imad Wasim and Chris Jordan off successive deliveries before Zaman wrapped up the innings by claiming the last two wickets.
Lahore have 10 points from eight games and have already qualified for the playoffs while Babar’s Karachi have two points and are sure to finish at the bottom of the table with their last league game against Quetta on Sunday.Associated Press
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