PSL 2021: Babar Azam’s unbeaten 60-ball 90 anchors Karachi Kings to seven-wicket win over Multan Sultans
Karachi: Babar Azam hit his second successive half-century within the Pakistan Tremendous League and anchored Karachi Kings to a seven-wicket win over Multan Sultans on Saturday.
Babar’s unbeaten 90 off 60 balls — together with 13 fours and a six — led Karachi to 198-3 with seven balls to spare in yet one more profitable chase in Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league.
All 9 league matches on this season’s PSL have been gained by the groups chasing, together with 4 profitable chases of 190-plus runs.
Multan had earlier spoiled a blistering begin and had been restricted to 195-6 as Karachi skipper Imad Wasim adopted a well-recognized script of captains placing the opposition into bat after successful the toss.
“Credit score goes to the bowlers first,” Wasim stated. “The way in which we completed on the finish was incredible. We saved nearly 15-20 runs on the loss of life.”
Englishman Joe Clarke (54 off 26 balls) took the sport away from Multan by combining in an electrifying stand of 97 runs with Babar.
Clarke smashed 4 sixes in opposition to spinners Shahid Afridi and Khushdil Shah and likewise hit three boundaries in his sturdy half century earlier than he was caught at quick superb leg whereas making an attempt to ramp a gradual bouncer from Shanawaz Dhani (2-28).
Babar led Karachi to their second win in three video games with a six and two fours in succession in opposition to quick bowler Sohail Khan within the penultimate over.
Earlier, Multan did not money in on Chris Lynn’s sturdy begin (32 off 14 balls) and had been cruising alongside at 72-1 within the first six overs of batting powerplay.
James Vince (45) and skipper Mohammad Rizwan (43) each fell in successive overs of quick bowler Arshad Iqbal (2-36) as Multan slipped to 133-3 within the 14th over.
Karachi got here again strongly within the final 5 overs with their quick bowlers leaking just one boundary. Left-arm quick bowler Mohammad Amir, who earlier began with a maiden over, bowled seven broad balls in his subsequent three overs however bought the dangerman Shahid Afridi (3) within the nineteenth over to complete with 1-34.
After their third loss, Multan slipped to fifth within the six-team occasion with a solitary win in opposition to Lahore Qalandars, who’re resulting from meet Islamabad United in Saturday’s different league match.
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