Zazai hits 17-ball 50 as Zalmi thrash Kings
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Peshawar Zalmi debutant Hazratullah Zazai hit a 17-ball, the third joint fastest in the PSL, to help his team crush Karachi Kings in match 24 of the Pakistan Super League 6 in Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Despite losing opener Kamran Akmal early in their chase of 109, Zazai put Karachi Kings bowlers to the sword as Zalmi cruised to a six-wicket win in just 11 overs.
Akmal was dismissed by Aamir Yamin in the second over for 9 when he tried to drive him towards mid-off but instead, the ball hit his stumps.
Zalmi's Hazratullah Zazai continued hitting the Kings bowlers all over the ground. Zazai was bowled by Imad Wasim when he had scored 66 runs off just 26 balls. The Afghan batsman hit eight boundaries and four sixes in his innings.
There was mini-collapse in Zalm innings as Imad removed Zazai and Shoaib Malik on two consecutive balls in a maiden ninth over. Haider Ali, who made run a ball 16 runs, also went back to the pavilion when he was stumped by Chadwick Walton off Noor Ahmad delivery on the first ball of next over.
However, Zalmi reached the target without any further damage.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz led his bowlers to restrict defending champions Karachi Kings to 108 runs.
Wahab dismissed in-form batsman Babar Azam for a duck from the third ball of the first over. And in the third over, Sameen Gul took the wickets Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton from two consecutive balls to put Kings at 12/3.
Sharjeel Khan's hitting in the next few overs helped Kings improve their score and give the side hope. But Wahab dismissed the explosive batsman for 25 in his second over of the game after Sharjeel tried to hit him for a six at square leg.
At the end of the 10 overs, the Kings were 58/4 with Imad Wasim and Najibullah Zadran at the crease. The two struggled to take off against the Zalmi bowlers and the pressure eventually piled up on the batsman. In the 14th over, debutant Abrar Ahmed dismissed Zadran and Aamer Yamin to push Kings to 67/6.
Wahab brought himself into the attack in the 16th over and dismissed Kings captain Imad who was looking to use the last five overs to attack the Zalmi bowlers. The Zalmi skipper then gave debutant Abrar the bowl once again and the spinner did not disappoint his captain as he dismissed Waqas Maqsood to put the Kings eight down.
In the 18th over, a lacklustre running by Mohammad Amir put the Kings nine down. The Kings were looking to get dismissed under 100 runs but a late cameo by Abbas Afridi took the team to 108. The tailender ended the innings as the highest run-getter for his team in the match with 27 runs to his name.
For Zalmi, skipper Wahab, and debutant Abrar took three wickets each and Sameen Gul ended the innings with two scalps to his name.
Earlier, Zalmi had opted to field first after winning the toss against the Kings.