Side register five wickets in first Eliminator
Hazratullah Zazai’s brilliant innings was the difference on the night as Peshawar Zalmi knocked defending champions Karachi Kings out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 edition after securing a five-wicket win in the first Eliminator in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
After being asked to bat first, Kings managed to post a competitive total of 175 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Opening batsman Babar Azam finished the innings with the top score of 53 off 45 balls with the help of six fours.
He was well-supported by Thisara Perera who scored a brisk 37 at the back end of the innings off just 18 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.
For Peshawar, captain Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Umaid Asif claimed two wickets each.
In reply, Zalmi were off to a brisk start, courtesy sublime batting from Zazai.
The left-hander played a remarkable knock and finished the match with the top score of 77 off just 38 balls with the help of 10 fours and five sixes.
After his departure, fourth-wicket partnership of 52 between Shoaib Malik and Khalid Usman settled nerves for Zalmi and eventually helped the team in getting over the line in the last over at the expense of five wickets.
So that’s it from us. It was a very entertaining match where Zalmi proved too good for Karachi Kings. Hope you enjoyed our coverage and we will join you later today for the second Eliminator.
At the end of the innings:
PZ 176-5 (19.5 overs)
OUT! Amir removes Malik to keep Kings alive.
PZ 163-5 (18.2 overs)
OUT! Ilyas gets a big one as he removes Khalid Usman.
PZ 155-4 (17.2 overs)
OUT! Perera gets a huge one as Zazai went back to the pavilion after scoring 77.
PZ 103-3 (11.3 overs)
At the half-way stage:
OUT! Perera removes Imam who had a struggling outing for Zalmi. He went back to the pavilion after scoring 11 off 17.
PZ 92-2 (10 overs)
With that six, Zazai completes his second half-century in the PSL and second against Karachi Kings as well, that too off just 23 balls.
OUT! Noor Ahmed gets a big one as dangerous Kamran Akmal departs after scoring 13.
PZ 49-1 (4.4 overs)
We are back with the second innings.
So that’s a very good batting performance from Karachi Kings. We will join you again shortly for the second-half.
At the end of the innings:
KK 175-7 (20 overs)
OUT! Imran gets his first wicket of the day. Imad Wasim departs after scoring 16.
KK 165-7 (19.2 overs)
OUT! Another big one for Zalmi as Wahab Riaz removes dangerous Walton.
KK 142-6 (17.4 overs)
OUT! Umaid gets a big one as he removes set Thisara Perera, who went back to the pavilion after scoring 37 off just 18.
KK 134-4 (16.4 overs)
OUT! Wahab Riaz gets a huge one as set Babar Azam departs after scoring 53.
KK 101-4 (14.3 overs)
OUT! Big wicket for Zalmi and Irfan as he removes dangerous Danish Aziz, who went back to the pavilion after scoring 13.
KK 73-3 (11.3 overs)
OUT! Umaid Asif gets a big one as he removes dangerous Martin Guptill.
KK 42-2 (6.3 overs)
OUT! Finally a wicket for Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel departs after scoring 26.
KK 41-1 (5.5 overs)
A good start for the defending champions.
KK 22-0 (3 overs)
We are all set to begin as Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam are out in the middle to open for Karachi Kings whereas Wahab Riaz will open the bowling for Peshawar Zalmi.
Playing XI of Karachi Kings:
Playing XI of Peshawar Zalmi:
TOSS: The news from the centre is that Wahab Riaz has won the toss and Peshawar Zalmi will be bowling first.
The winner of this match will face Islamabad United in the second Eliminator tomorrow whereas the loser will go home.
It is Peshawar Zalmi who will take on Karachi Kings in the first Eliminator.
Welcome to the live blog for match 32 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.