26 Feb Peshawar Zalmi lose out to Karachi Kings in a low-scoring thriller
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Asghar , Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz ,Ibtisam Shiekh, Chris Jordan.
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Babar Azam, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Tymal Mills, Colin Ingram, Joe Denly.
Toss: Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and chose to bat.
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
Imad Wasim opened the bowling against Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal. Kamran started the innings in a typical aggressive manner hitting two fours and a six in the first over. But Peshawar Zalmi got shaky when Mohammad Amir opened his spell and dismissed the vital partnership of Akmal & Iqbal.
Kamran tried to play towards mid-on but the ball bent in to beat the inside edge and smashed into the pad. Tamim tried to turn the ball to the leg side and the wicketkeeper dived forward to complete an excellent catch.
Ex Zalmi player, Shahid Afridi took the third wicket, terminated Mohammad Hafeez who tried to put a little constancy on the field but failed to do so. He managed to score only 7 runs off 16 deliveries. By the time 10th over ended, Peshawar Zalmi were 54/4 with the run rate of 5.40 runs per over.
A bit of misunderstanding between the batsmen on crease caused two run outs including the skipper Darren Sammy who looked furious after the dismissal. After that, it was all downfall for Peshawar Zalmi. Nobody managed to stay on the pitch for long except for Dwayne Smith who came one down, scored 71 on 51 deliveries.
By the end of 17th over, Zalmi’s score was 94 with the loss of 8 wickets. Despite a very slow start, Peshawar Zalmi left the crease with a target of 132 runs for Karachi Kings to chase, all thanks to Dwayne Smith.
Fall of Wickets:
1-16 (Kamran Akmal, 1.4 over)
2-27 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.1 over)
3-38 (Mohammad Hafeez, 6.6 over)
4-53 (Haris Sohail, 9.4 over)
5-59 (Ibtisam Sheikh, 11.3 over)
6-69 (Darren Sammy, 13.4 over)
7-77 (Umaid Asif, 14.5 over)
8-79 (Chris Jordan, 15.4 over)
9-110 (Wahab Riaz, 18.3 over)
Karachi Kings Innings
Khurram Manzoor and Joe Denly got off to a flying start for Karachi Kings. Both looked comfortable playing shots, hitting boundaries against Jordan & Asif. But in the third over, Khurram Manzoor was found in shock after his beautiful strike at short third man got caught spectacularly by the young man, Ibtisam Sheikh.
After the end of the first powerplay, Karachi Kings were 24/1. Babar Azam and Joe Denly gave Kings exactly what they needed. Played calm shots, proceeded the total to 54 runs by the end of 8th over with easy singles and a few boundaries.
The second wicket went down for Kings in the 9th over when Babar Azam, drove straight to Sammy who took a sharp catch at cover. The match looked quite easy for Karachi Kings to win when in the 11th over, they required 54 runs off 55 balls. Sammy kicked the turf in frustration as his side missed two big chances, a catch and a run out.
The 132-run target was taken a little easy by Karachi Kings but they found themselves in a bit of a dangerous situation when 5 runs were needed in the last over. Two singles on the first two balls, then the drama hit on the third ball. Asghar nicely tossed up the ball, Rizwan looked for the glory hit but failed to get to the pitch of the ball and ended up hitting it straight down Jordan’s throat at long-off. In came the skipper, Imad Wasim, who struck a gigantic six on the first ball that led his side towards their second consecutive win in the HBL PSL season 3.
Defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi didn’t bowl badly, but the target was not quite enough to defend.
Fall of Wickets:
1-17 (Khurram Manzoor, 1.6 over)
2-58 (Babar Azam, 8.3 over)
3-87 (Joe Denly, 12.2 over)
4-99 (Colin Ingram, 14.4 over)
5-129 (Mohammad Rizwan, 19.3 over)