Side register seven-wicket win on Saturday
Babar Azam’s outstanding batting performance helped Karachi Kings in securing a seven-wicket win over Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
At the National Stadium in Karachi, Kings’ captain Imad Wasim won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Sultans managed to post a competitive total of 195-6 in their allotted 20 overs. James Vince, captain Mohammad Rizwan and Chris Lynn scored 45, 43 and 32 respectively.
For the defending champions, young right-arm pacer Arshad Iqbal was the pick of the bowlers as he registered figures of 2-36.
In reply, Kings chased down the target in the penultimate over of the match at the expense of three wickets only.
Opener Babar played a match-winning knock of an unbeaten 90 off just 60 which included 13 fours and one six.
He was well-supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Joe Clarke who scored 54 off 26 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
For the losing team, young right-arm pacer Shahnawaz Dhani was the pick of the bowlers he claimed two wickets.
For his outstanding batting performance, Babar was named player-of-the-match.
So that’s it from us for the coverage of the first match. We will join you again for the second match. Till then. It’s goodbye.
And that’s it. It’s another win for the Kings and for the team chasing as well. Brilliant batting from Babar Azam and Joe Clarke.
Big wicket but Kings remain on top.
OUT! Dhani gets another one. But it seems like it is a little too late.
Clarke departs after scoring 54.
KK 153-2 (14.4)
Brilliant innings from the right-hander.
Fantastic half-century from Clarke as well. First in the PSL history. Top innings once again.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 27, 2021
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At the end half-way stage, Kings need just 96 off 60 with nine wickets in hand.
KK 103-1 (10)
An impressive knock from the right-hander.
Big wicket for the Sultans.
OUT! Dhani has done it again for @MultanSultans as he removes dangerous @SharjeelLeo14 .— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 27, 2021
KK 56-1 (4.5)
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Kings are going strong in the first powerplay.
KK 46-0 (4)
We are back for the second innings of the match.
So the Kings now need 196 runs to win the match. We will join you soon for the second-half.
That’s a brilliant end from the Kings’ bowlers. Sultans will feel like they are at least 20 runs short after the start they had.
Ah. Another disappointing day for the veteran right-hander with the bat in hand.
That remains a mystery as we are going towards the final few deliveries of the innings.
A big wicket for the Kings.
So with three overs to go, Sultans are still in hunt of the total in excess of 200.
MS 173-4 (17)
Things are getting a little better for the Kings.
Another big wicket for Kings and the youngster.
Big wicket for the Kings.
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The million-dollar question is, can they really change the trend?
Great beginning from the Sultans today.
Rizwan is continuing his good form but the wicketkeeper-batsman had some luck in the beginning.
Things are not looking good for the Kings. Seems like they are in for a big chase.
Big wicket for Sultans but it seems like the damage is already done.
The right-hander is in some mood today.
Here are the playing XI of both teams for this fixture:
TOSS: The news from the centre is Imad Wasim has won the toss and opted to bowl first.
It’s Karachi Kings taking on Multan Sultans.
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