Karachi Kings thrash Peshawer Zalmi with a nail biting finish
Karachi Kings are chasing 132 target set by Peshawar Zalmi led by Darren Sammy in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 match on Sunday in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Zalmi Smith added 71 runs to the total after openers Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal could not stand against Kings attack.
Kings were in need of 45 runs on 45 deliveries at a point.
As many as seven batsmen of Peshawar Zalmi failed to score a double figure today which, for the commentators, have amounted to a batting collapse.
Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi clinched two wickets each while Mills and Irfan struck tonight with one wicket each.
Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first. His decision proved disastrous Peshawar Zalmi were restricted to 131-9 by some accurate bowling and fielding by the Karachi Kings. Three of the Zalmi players were run out
Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal started Peshawar Zalmi at a brisk pace with Akmal hitting two fours and a six in the first over bowled by Imad Wasim. Akmal was removed by Muhammad Amir in the next over on his personal score of 14. Amir also removed Tamim (11) in his second over.
Only Dwayne Smith played with perfection and made a fighting unbeaten 71 runs despite watching the wickets tumble at the other end. He was also involved in three run outs in Zalmi innings as they were restricted to 131 for the loss of nine wickets. No other Zalmai batsman reached the double figure.
For Karachi, Muhammad Amir and Shahid Afridi claimed two wickets each while Muhammad Irfan (Jr) and Tymal Mills got one wicket each.
In reply, Karachi Kings reached the target for the loss of five wickets in the last over of the match. Joe Denly (29), Babar Azam (28), Colin Ingram (23), Muhammad Rizwan (19) and Ravi Bopara (17*) contributed well in Kings victory.
Chris Jordan and Ibtisam Sheikh bowled well for the Peshawar Zalmi and claimed two wickets each while Muhammad Asghar chipped in with one wicket.
Dwayne Smith on Peshawar Zalmi was named man of the match.
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