PSL 2021: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi assist Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi; Quetta Gladiators declare first win

PSL 2021: Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi assist Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi; Quetta Gladiators declare first win

Karachi: Quetta Gladiators lastly notched their first win within the Pakistan Tremendous League by beating Multan Sultans by 22 runs on Wednesday.

Within the early recreation, Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi’s century stand lifted defending champion Karachi Kings to a six-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi.

The win lifted Karachi to the highest of the desk with eight factors from 5 video games. Peshawar are second with six factors.

However Quetta’s victory after 4 straight losses ended a 13-match streak of groups efficiently chasing down the targets for the reason that match started on 20 February.

Quetta misplaced the toss for the fifth time in a row and posted 176-7 on the again of rookie opening batsman Usman Khan’s 81 off 50 balls.

Multan misplaced their final six wickets off 20 deliveries earlier than ultimately getting bowled out for 154 in 19.3 overs.

Zahid Mahmood was denied a hat trick when Ben Reducing dropped a sitter of Imran Tahir at lengthy off after the legspinner had captain Mohammad Rizwan (66) and Sohail Khan (8) caught within the deep off successive deliveries within the 18th over.

Afghanistan legspinner Qais Ahmed (3-21) had earlier claimed wickets in his first three overs which pegged again Multan’s run-chase.

Multan and Quetta each are languishing on the backside of the six-team occasion with two factors every after enjoying half of their league video games.

Earlier, Babar made an unbeaten 77 and Nabi scored 67 off 35 balls as they shared a 118-run fourth-wicket standoff 61 balls in Karachi’s sturdy chase of 191-4 in 19.3 overs.

After being put in to bat, Peshawar recovered from 3-34 to succeed in 188-5 with Ravi Bopara scoring an unbeaten 58 and Amad Butt making a fast 27 off solely seven deliveries.

“The way in which Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi performed, it was implausible to see,” Karachi captain Imad Wasim mentioned. “You simply have to be affected person on this floor and in the event you settle in, you possibly can rating numerous runs.”

Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi stitched a match-winning 118-run stand for the fourth wicket. Image credit: Twitter/@KarachiKingsARY

Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi stitched a match-winning 118-run stand for the fourth wicket. Picture credit score: Twitter/@KarachiKingsARY

Quick bowler Daniel Christian bowled the most costly over ever bowled in PSL historical past when he conceded 32 runs within the final over of the innings as Butt smashed two sixes and three boundaries whereas conceding six wides.

Peshawar’s scratchy fielding additionally helped Karachi as Butt dropped a sitter from Nabi at deep midwicket when the Afghanistan batsman was on 20. Nabi lastly fell within the seventeenth over off Saqib Mahmood (2-41) after hitting eight fours and 4 sixes.

“In fact that was a really essential catch, we must always have gotten that catch,” stand-in Peshawar captain Shoaib Malik mentioned as he led his aspect after common skipper Wahab Riaz was dominated out of the sport with again spasms. “In high-scoring video games, whoever fields nicely has an edge in shut video games.”

Babar accomplished his third half century this season off 35 balls with a six off Butt over midwicket earlier than Christian completed off the sport with a flicked boundary.

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