PSL-6: Karachi Kings secure much-needed victory to remain in league

 PSL-6: Karachi Kings secure much-needed victory to remain in league

Karachi Kings defeated opponent Lahore Qalandars by seven runs

Abu Dhabi, 18 June: Karachi Kings defeated opponent Lahore Qalandars by seven runs to stay in the running for the playoffs in match number 27 of the Pakistan Super League(PSL) sixth edition.

Karachi kings had set a 177-run target for Lahore after electing to bat first at the toss.

Lahore openers Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman took their team to 38 runs, before the Lahore skipper was dismissed by Mohammad Ilyas from the last ball of the fifth over.

After the five-over mark, the Kings put pressure on the Qalandars with dot balls that culminated in the wicket of Zaman. The left-hander was stumped for 19 by Imad Wasim in the ninth over when he tried to step out of the crease to attack the Kings’ captain.

In the 10th over, a run out sent Agha Salman to the dugout and put the Qalandars three down.

Lahore then lost their fourth wicket after Babar Azam took a sharp catch off Noor Ahmed’s bowling from the last ball of the 12th over.

Ahmed was given the ball again in the 14th over, and he dismissed Mohammad Hafeez to put Lahore five down. Hafeez departed after making 36 from 36 balls.

At the 16th over point, Lahore required 64 runs from 24 balls. But then, Tim David and James Faulkner hit Abbas Afridi and Ilyas for some boundaries to keep their team in the game.

The two built a partnership of 58 runs from 24 balls.

The duo’s charge ended when Afridi dismissed David to tilt the game back in Karachi’s favour. He had departed after making a 14-ball 43.

Mohammad Amir was asked to bowl the second last over of the game and gave away only 7 runs. The over was crucial as it restricted Lahore to a point where they needed 20 runs from the last 6 balls.

The runs were enough for Ilyas, who bowled the final over in defence of the total, and Qalandars lost the game by seven runs. They ended with 169/7 in their 20 overs.

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