Peshawar Zalmi inflict another defeat on Karachi Kings
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Karachi Kings Friday once again failed to put brakes on their losing run as they were defeated by Peshawar Zalmi by nine runs in match number 11 of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 being played at the National Stadium, Karachi.
Chasing a target of 174-run, Babar Azam’s side could manage 164-6 in 20 overs. Only the notable innings for Karachi was of Babar who remained undefeated for his 90 runs off 63 balls that also included a six and 12 boundaries. However, he could not get any substantial support from the other end as the wickets continued to fall and the asking run-rate continued to rise to leave it 29 runs needed in the last over. However, Karachi could get only 20 off last over.
Babar’s opening partner Sharjeel Khan and one down player Sahibzada Farhan could not open the score. Ian Cockbain (31 off 19 balls) gave Kings some hope but after the end of the 74-run third-wicket partnership, no other Karachi batsman could help the cause of the team.
For Zalmi, M Umar took 3-22 while Usman Qadir, Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat picked one wicket apiece. Wahab Riaz and Hussain Talat were the costliest bowlers as they gave away 43 runs each in their four overs quota.
Wahab Riaz’s side was asked to bat first after Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Early in their innings, Zalmi looked set to post a huge total in the powerplay but once Umaid Asif removed the dangerous Hazratullah Zazai in the sixth over, the run rate slowed down. Peshawar’s batting faced another setback after Asif removed Kamran Akmal in the 10th over.
Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik looked all set to capitalise on the start given by the openers but Aamir Yamin removed Ali to put a dent in Peshawar’s batting.
When Ali’s wicket fell, Zalmi were 103/3 with seven overs left in the innings.
However, a 59-run partnership between Malik and Australian Ben Cutting helped Zalmi recover. It was Umaid Asif, once again, who broke the partnership by dismissing Cutting in the last over of the Zalmi innings.
Peshawar ended their innings for 173/4 courtesy of Malik’s 52 from 28.