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Karachi Kings win toss, put Peshawar Zalmi into bat


RAWALPIDI: Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim has won the toss and elected to field first against Peshawar Zalmi in the 15 th match of the Pakistan Super League 2020 here at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Monday.



Karachi Kings record 6-wkt win over Peshawar Zalmi

RAWALPINDI: Prolific batsman Babar Azam along with Alex Hales guided Karachi Kings to their second consecutive victory, and third overall, in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League here at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Monday night.

Hitting the winning boundary, Babar remained not out on 70 which he made from 59 balls with ten fours.

Chasing 152, Karachi Kings completed their six-wicket victory with 11 balls remaining.

They have now earned six points from their five matches whereas the Zalmi have five points from their six matches.

Earlier, allrounder Shoaib Malik's fighting knock of 68 helped Peshawar Zalmi post 151 for eight after being put into bat by the Kings.

Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim won the toss and opted to field first.

Wahab Riaz is captaining Zalmi as Darren Sammy chose to rest today. The team made three changes, while the Kings made one.

Karachi Kings:
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, AD Hales, CS Delport, CAK Walton (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (captain), CJ Jordan, Umer Khan, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir

Peshawar Zalmi:
Kamran Akmal (wk), T Banton, Haider Ali, LS Livingstone, Shoaib Malik, L Gregory, CR Brathwaite, Wahab Riaz (captain), Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali

Peshawar Zalmi are playing their sixth match while today's match will be the fifth for Karachi Kings.

Both teams are playing against each other for the second time as they already faced earlier on February 21 at Karachi in which the Kings emerged victorious by 10 runs.
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Kings won by 6 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)


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Mohammad Amir and Babar Azam combine to trounce Peshawar Zalmi


Karachi Kings 152 for 4 (Azam 70*, Hales 49) beat Peshawar Zalmi 151 for 8 (Malik 68, Amir 4-25) by six wickets

The game was preceded by a cryptically morose tweet from the usually convivial Daren Sammy, implying there might be trouble in the paradise that is the relationship between Peshawar Zalmi and their tremendously popular captain. The intrigue intensified when Wahab Riaz showed up to accompany Imad Wasim at the toss, making it clear Sammy wasn't injured, "just resting". But three hours later, the despondency will have spread to the entire camp as they suffered a thrashing at the hands of a resurgent Karachi Kings, with Mohammad Amir's 4 for 25 - and two wickets in the first over - consigning Peshawar to a chastening six-wicket defeat.

Peshawar were on the backfoot from the first ball, literally. Tom Banton was slow with his footwork to an Amir inswinger from over the wicket. The ball thudded into his pads, and a review found it would hit the stumps. Amir would add Haider Ali's wicket to his account two balls later, and Aamer Yamin got rid of Kamran Akmal to leave Peshawar reeling at 10 for 3.

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They'd manage a revival of sorts, but their glacial pace in the Powerplay meant they were always behind the par score on what looked like a belter of a surface. Shoaib Malik held the innings together, and indeed ensured they got to the 151 they scrambled to by the end with a vital 55-ball 68, but the power hitting that Peshawar required to put up an intimidating total proved beyond him. It was left in parts to Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone, but Karachi had two overs of Amir towards the end, and he continued where he'd left off, sending Gregory and Carlos Brathwaite back to the pavilion, while Chris Jordan's priceless consistency in the death ensured Peshawar would not have momentum at the change of innings.

Sharjeel Khan fell to Hasan Ali in the first over of the chase, but any expectations Peshawar may have harboured were ruthlessly crushed with a superb partnership between Alex Hales and Babar Azam, who combined power hitting and sensible batting to forge a 101-run partnership that all but killed the game. There was still time for a mini-wobble and some panic when Peshawar struck twice in an over and Azam survived a devilishly close lbw call. But the three-time finalists had left themselves far too much to do by that point, and in the end, just helplessly watched as Karachi cantered to a win.

The partnership

A partnership may simply be a term for an accumulation of runs these days, but what Azam and Hales struck up at the start of the Karachi innings was a partnership in more ways than one. The pair have diametrically opposing styles but devastatingly similar end products, and the nuances were on display at Pindi Stadium. Azam's innings took time, and even when he got to his half-century, it took 44 balls. But he remained in full control of both the match situation and the Peshawar bowlers. He would stay for the winning runs, through the little tremor in the middle overs and guide them through it, ending the game in the only way that was fitting, with a majestic late cut past backward point for four.

But he was allowed to be that serene thanks to Hales' more destructive approach, evident when he carted Hasan for four boundaries in his second over, alleviating any concerns the game could end up becoming one of those horrible, low-scoring contests that chasing sides find so difficult to win. It robbed Peshawar of momentum despite their taking an early wicket, and when the Englishman smashed Wahab Riaz for six over backward square in the fifth over, Karachi were galloping. They never looked back, and if they had, they'd find Peshawar were no longer in sight.

Star of the day

Amir is a phenomenal T20 bowler, but let's be honest, nobody cares how good Amir is. You don't go to stadiums to watch Amir be fantastic, you go in the hope of seeing him produce the sort of magical spells he conjures up frustratingly infrequently, the ones that take you back a decade, to a teenage boy with long hair and a face that hadn't seen a razor. That is what the Pindi crowd was treated right from the first over, with Amir charging in, that rhythmic action so pitch-perfect you could set it to music. The ball was delivered with a proud seam - none of that scrambled seam nonsense, and no fingers were rolled over it - and it was full. It moved in the air, it came back into the right-hander. It befuddled Banton. Amir was playing some of his old stuff, and the crowd were on their feet.

Two balls later, Haider was on the receiving end, and Amir managed to top what had happened first ball. He raced in, he pitched it full, landing the ball around off stump. No amount of alert footwork would have kept it out, not that we'd ever know, since Haider didn't try any. The ball would achieve that famous banana swing, and rattle the stumps behind Haider, the sound of timber a nostalgic throwback to a time that, when it comes to Amir, seems long gone. The Amir of 2009-10, of that Asia Cup game in 2016, that Champions Trophy final in 2017, was back for a fleeting opening spell, and a fortuitous Pindi crowd was mesmerised.

Where the teams stand

Three wins in five take Karachi to six points along with Quetta Gladiators. They sit third, just behind the defending champions on net run rate, while Peshawar fall to fifth, having one just two matches in six.
Lahore Qalandars 37-1 at end of 5 overs in match against Quetta Gladiators

March 03, 2020


Quetta Gladiators have won the toss and invited Lahore Qalandars to bat first in their Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 match at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Tuesday.

Lahore Qalandars are 37-1 at the end of five overs in their Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 match against Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Tuesday.

Earlier, Gladiators won the toss and chose to field first.

The Gladiators are placed second in the points table while the home team is placed last, having lost all matches in the tournament so far.


Quetta Gladiators:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), JJ Roy, SR Watson, Ahsan Ali, Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, BCJ Cutting, Anwar Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah

Lahore Qalandars:
Sohail Akhtar (c), Fakhar Zaman, CA Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, BR Dunk, Muhammad Faizan, SR Patel, S Prasanna, Dilbar Hussain, Salman Irshad, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Dunk leads Qalandars to 209 against Gladiators

By BR Web Desk on March 3, 2020

Match 16 is being played at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.


Gladiators have won the toss and elected to field first in the match 16 of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Tuesday.


Quetta Gladiators playing XI:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Naseem Shah, Ben Cutting, Azam Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali

Lahore Qalandars playing XI

Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, Mohammad Faizan, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna, Salman Irshad, Shaheen Afridi, Dilbar Hussain
Multan Rated Among World’s Best Cricketing Stadiums by Former English Coach

Multan Sultans have received overwhelming support from the home supporters as more than 80,000 fans turned out to support their team during their three home matches held at Multan Cricket Stadium.

Multan Sultans made the most out of the support and won all three matches against Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, and Quetta Gladiators.

Andy Flower, Multan Sultans’ head coach, seemed delighted by the love and support showered by the fans.

Our stay in Multan has been a memorable one, thanks to the warmth and hospitality of the people of Multan. The support of the crowd was phenomenal in all three games and I hope that the home fans are proud of the performances that we put up before them.

Andy Flower went on to say that Multan Cricket Stadium is among the best cricketing venues around the world.

The atmosphere in the stadium was electric throughout all the matches and the fans showed great passion and love for the game. I would definitely rate this venue as one of the best ones in the world and look forward to coming back with Multan soon

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Dunk slams 43-ball 93 to put Lahore Qalandars on the board
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  • The Report by Danyal Rasool

Well, don't adjust your device or reach for thicker reading glasses, because what you're about to read actually did happen.

Lahore Qalandars beat - no, walloped - defending champions Quetta Gladiators by 37 runs to storm to their first win of the tournament. It came thanks to a blitzkrieg of big hitting from Ben Dunk and Samit Patel, whose 155-run partnership saw Lahore surge to 209 after what appeared another disastrous start from the bottom-placed team.

A stunning 115 runs were added in the final seven overs, including 80 off four overs from the start of the 14th over as the wheels came off the Quetta bowling completely. Powerless in the face of the onslaught, they could only watch as Dunk broke the record for most sixes in a PSL innings, with 10 in his 43-ball 93, while Patel's 41-ball 70 gave him stellar support from the other end.

Lahore bank heavily on Chris Lynn and Fakhar Zaman to get them off to a powerful start, but when that didn't happen in a subdued Powerplay for the openers, things looked bleak for them. They became gloomier still when the two fell in quick succession, the worries compounded when Mohammad Hafeez was felled first ball by a reflex catch at first lip from Shane Watson. Going at barely above a run a ball in the first ten and little batting to follow Patel and Dunk, the English-Aussie duo took responsibility, and carried the innings through to the final over, the 155 they amassed the second highest partnership in the league's history.

It stunned Quetta, who needed equally incongruous contributions from their key men, but when Jason Roy and Shane Watson fell relatively early, there was no coming back. Wickets fell in regular succession as Lahore simply let Quetta give away their wickets in the face of mounting pressure from the asking rate.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Anwar Ali all fell that way as the bowlers cashed in, with Salman Irshad bagging career-best T20 figures of 4 for 29. He found more swing than usual with a remodelled action, and was responsible for putting paid for Azam Khan's innings before it had really begun, as well as Ben Cutting's resistance which threatened to bring the flickering game back to life briefly.

Cutting had been fighting what looked like an insurmountable battle all on his own. All he could do, however, was bring the margin of defeat down. No matter what damage he inflicted, it simply couldn't compensate for the carnage that Lahore had wreaked in their final overs, and there was simply no recovering from it for Sarfaraz's men.

Those seven overs

The final seven overs in the first innings cost 19, 27, 14, 17, 10, 11 and 17. That, really, is the story of the match. Quetta had a firm grasp of the game at the 13-over mark, having inserted Lahore in to bat. Lynn, Fakhar and Hafeez were gone, and Lahore were 94 for 3, needing a big finish to remain competitive in the second innings. But the floodgates opened when Dunk smashed Anwar Ali for six off the second ball of the 14th, and were blown right off in the madness that followed.

Mohammad Nawaz was launched for four sixes off as many deliveries in the following over, and from thereon, it appeared the bowling side had run out of ideas. Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah were put under pressure, conceding 10 and 12 respectively off the first two balls of their overs, and an unstoppable Dunk appeared able to hit sixes at will. Two more would come in the final over, and by the time Patel and Dunk holed out in the final over, Lahore had coasted past 200, and well past what Quetta would be able to hunt down.

The lone hand

In any normal game, Cutting lower down the order would have done enough to ensure he had taken his side over the line. But chasing 210 with all the usual suspects back in the pavilion, it was left to the Australian allrounder to help his side get over the line. He had managed it against Islamabad United last week, but an asking rate of 55 off five - the requirement that day - was a piece of pie when compared to the Herculean task that faced him today.

Soon after he walked out, Quetta required 94 off 36, and while Dunk had Patel for company, number nine Fawad Ahmed doesn't quite have the Englishman's batting prowess. This was an impossible task with two batsmen of your choice, but with Cutting forced to farm the strike and score nearly three a ball, it would inevitably be found wanting. That didn't mean he didn't provide entertainment along the way, smashing Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Faizan for 27 in two overs as he brought up a half-century in 25 balls. Given it was Lahore at the other end, the feeling the game might not yet be done lingered for longer than it otherwise would have, but when the Australian holed out to cow corner in the 18th over, it was evident even Lahore couldn't fluff this up.

Where the teams stand

Lahore post their first points on the board, though they're still bottom of the table with two points in four games. Quetta slip one position to third behind Karachi Kings on net run rate, with three wins from six matches.


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