Shoaib Malik featured for Peshawar Zalmi with an unbeaten 52 and picked up an imperative wicket as well.
Shoaib Malik and Ben Cutting upped the ante with a quickfire 5- run partnership and ensured that the Peshawar Zalmi ended up with a decent score. Malik, in particular hit five fours and two sixes, in his unbeaten innings of 52 from 28 balls while Sherfane Rutherford’s six in the last overtook the total past 170. Umaid Asif was the pick of the bowlers from the Karachi Kings as the former picked up three wickets and conceded 36 in his spell.
Shoaib Malik and Ben Cutting increased the bet with a quickfire 5- partnership and ensured that the Peshawar Zalmi finished up with a conventional score. Malik, in specific hit five fours and two sixes, in his unbeaten innings of 52 from 28 balls whereas Sherfane Rutherford’s six within the final overwhelmed the overall past 170. Umaid Asif was the choose of the bowlers from the Karachi Lords as the previous picked up three wickets and conceded 36 in his spell.
Babar Azam’s unbeaten 90 couldn’t take Karachi over the line
In reply, the Karachi Kings found early hindrance in the chase of 174 with the wicket of Sharjeel Khan in just the third ball of the innings. Sahibzada Farhan was dismissed for a duck as well leaving the Karachi side at two wickets for three runs. Ian Cockbrain and skipper Babar Azam stitched a good partnership in the middle until Usman Qadir picked up the former for 31. Azam was running out of partners with Mohammad Nabi and Aamer Yamin contributing for a limited period of time.
At 128 for 6, the onus was on Babar to take the side home and he managed to hit some lusty blows towards the end and increased his strike rate significantly after reaching his half-century. However, the Peshawar side kept increasing the required rate with some excellent tactical bowling in the last few overs and the game looked over before the penultimate over for the Karachi side. Babar ended up staying unbeaten on 90 off 63 balls while Mohammad Umar and Salman Irshad economic spells turned out to be game-changing.