Wahab Riaz-led unit secured comfortable six-wicket win
Outstanding bowling performance backed by some aggressive batting from opener Hazratullah Zazai helped Peshawar Zalmi in thrashing Karachi Kings in match 24 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
In Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Wahab Riaz won the toss and elected to bowl first.
His decision proved a correct one as Karachi Kings kept losing wickets at regular intervals and only managed to post 108 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Young Abbas Afridi finished the innings with the top score of 27 off 18 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.
For the winning team, captain Wahab and young spinner Abrar Ahmed claimed three wickets each.
In reply, Peshawar never really looked in any sort of trouble and chased down the target in just 11 overs at the expense of just four wickets.
The star of the show was opening Zazai who finished the match with the top score of 63 off just 26 balls which included eight fours and four sixes.
While doing so, the left-hander also equalled the record of the fastest half-century in the history of PSL off just 17 balls.
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That’s it. A comfortable win for Peshawar Zalmi, who are now pretty much in the playoffs.
OUT! Another one. Some reckless batting from Peshawar Zalmi. Haider Ali departs after scoring 16.
PZ 100-4 (9 overs)
OUT! Another one for Imad. Malik departs without scoring.
PZ 99-3 (8.4 overs)
OUT! A bit too late for Karachi Kings as Imad Wasim removes Zazai, who went back to the pavilion after scoring 63 off just 26 balls.
PZ 99-2 (8.2 overs)
And with that, Zazai completes his half-century off just 17 balls. He equals Kamran Akmal’s record of the fastest fifty in the history of PSL.
Twenty-two off the over. Yamin and Karachi Kings, both are struggling against Zazai. Zalmi cruising towards the target.
PZ 58-1 (4 overs)
Twenty-one runs off the over. Amir is clearly frustrated and Zalmi are well on their way to achieving the target.
PZ 36-1 (3 overs)
OUT! Brilliant from Aamer Yamin as he removes dangerous Kamran Akmal.
PZ 15-1 (2 overs)
We are back with the second innings.
We will join you again for the second half.
That’s an extremely disappointing batting performance from Karachi Kings and they are now facing another defeat.
At the end of the innings:
108-9 (20 overs)
RUN OUT! Amir departs, courtesy sloppy running.
KK 89-9 (19.1 overs)
OUT! Abrar gets another one. His third of the day.
KK 86-8 (17.4 overs)
OUT! Another one for Wahab Riaz. Imad Wasim departs after scoring just 17.
KK 73-7 (16.1 overs)
OUT! Another one for Abrar. Yamin departs without scoring.
KK 67-6 (14 overs)
OUT! Big wicket for young Abrar who removes Zardran.
KK 67-5 (13.4 overs)
At the half-way stage:
KK 58-4 (10 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. This time it’s Sharjeel Khan who went back to the pavilion after scoring 25.
KK 37-4 (6.3 overs)
OUT! Another one for the youngster. Walton departs without scoring.
KK 12-3 (3 overs)
OUT! Sameen Gul strikes big for Zalmi as he removes dangerous Martin Guptill.
KK 12-2 (2.5 overs)
OUT! Big wicket for Peshawar Zalmi as Wahab Riaz removes in-form Babar Azam.
KK 1-1 (0.3 over)
We are getting underway.
Let’s take a look at Peshawar Zalmi’s playing XI tonight.
Karachi Kings playing XI for their fixture against Peshawar Zalmi.
TOSS: The news from the centre is that Peshawar Zalmi have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
It is Karachi Kings who will face Peshawar Zalmi.
Hello and welcome to the live blog for match 24 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.