15 Mar Peshawar Zalmi dispatch Karachi Kings to stay alive
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Dwayne Smith, Rikki Wessels, Saad Nasim, Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul
Karachi Kings: Eoin Morgan (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Shahid Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan Jr., Usman Khan Shinwari
Toss: Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat.
Peshawar Zalmi Innings
A must win for both the teams as Kings looked for a safe spot in the top two and Zalmi needed this win to stay alive in the tournament. Eoin Morgan led Karachi Kings in the absence of injured Imad Wasim. Two changes from Zalmi’s side as Saad Nasim joined the starting XI for the first time this season replacing Mohammad Asghar and Sameen Gul substituted Khushdil Shah. Umpire got under the drone and caught the match ball. Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal opened for Zalmi facing their national team-mate, Mohammad Amir. The opening pair failed to contribute anything in the total as Usman Khan Shinwari, on his 4th ball of the match, clean bowled Mohammad Hafeez. Length ball at the stumps, nothing complicated from the bowler, smacked middle stump dismissing Hafeez on duck. With a very slow start to the innings, the batting side stood 31/1 at the end of the powerplay.
Despite losing two more wickets in a quick succession, Kamran Akmal held the innings together and scored 75 off 51 balls when he was given a second chance after being dropped on 32 by Colin Ingram. His innings was brilliantly supported by Saad Nasim, who smashed 35 runs off 18 balls. At the strategic timeout after 15th over, Zalmi were 117/3 with the run rate of 7.35 runs per over.
In the last five overs, it was all about hitting boundaries for Peshawar Zalmi. It included an over of fearsome hitting that cost 28 runs, with Mohammad Irfan Jr. the unfortunate recipient. Skipper Darren Sammy displayed a typical cameo thumping 36 runs off only 15 balls unbeaten. An exceptional spell of Usman Khan Shinwari with the figure of 3/11 in his four overs decelerated Zalmi’s total but they managed to maintain a run rate of 11.33 runs in the death overs.
Despite a sluggish start to the innings, Peshawar Zalmi set a massive target of 182 runs for Karachi Kings to chase courtesy of a fabulous power hitting show by their opener, Kamran Akmal.
Fall of Wickets:
1-3 (Mohammad Hafeez, 1.4 over)
2-47 (Dwayne Smith, 7.2 over)
3-81 (Riki Wessels, 12.3 over)
4-118 (Kamran Akmal, 15.2 over)
5-160 (Saad Nasim, 18.1 over)
6-181 (Liam Dawson, 19.6 over)
Karachi Kings Innings
Babar Azam and Joe Denly opened the partnership for Karachi Kings, Babar on strike. Hasan Ali opened the bowling attack and got an early wicket in his second over terminating Joe Denly on duck. It was a juicy full toss outside off and Denly looked disappointed to fall like that. Babar Azam on the other end got off to a flying start and looked comfortable hitting boundaries in the start. Kings lost their second wicket in the 5th over, Wahab Riaz ended the horror game for Colin Ingram sending him off on duck followed by Wahab getting on his haunches and rubbing his moustache. After the first powerplay, Kings stood 35/2 with the run rate of 5.83 runs per over.
Skipper Eoin Morgan joined Babar Azam on crease but failed to stay for long as his national side team-mate, Liam Dawson, dismissed him on just 5 runs. As the asking rate climbed, Karachi found themselves in a dangerous situation. By the time 10th over arrived, they needed 130 runs off 60 balls.
Another exceptional spell by Liam Dawson caused three crucial dismissals for Karachi Kings including Shahid Afridi, who launched a counter attack, smashing 4 sixes in an 8-ball 26, but it only gave Peshawar a late scare. Babar Azam completed his nonchalant half century in the 15th over but his innings came to an end when he looked to go inside-out over extra cover but deceived, lost his shape and easily caught by Dawson. Peshawar Zalmi clinched a comfortable win over Karachi Kings by 44 runs.
Karachi and Peshawar remains at the same spot, 3rd and 5th respectively. Both the teams need to win their last match in order to qualify.
Fall of Wickets:
1-15 (Joe Denly, 2.3 over)
2-27 (Colin Ingram, 4.6 over)
3-40 (Eoin Morgan, 7.1 over)
4-62 (Ravi Bopara, 11.3 over)
5-92 (Shahid Afridi, 13.3 over)
6-118 (Babar Azam, 16.4 over)
7-137 (Mohammad Rizwan, 19.5 over)
8-137 (Usama Mir, 19.6 over)