16-year-old Noor Ahmad leads Karachi Kings to nail-biting win
In Karachi Kings Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 27 | PSL 6 Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars 169 for 7 (Hafeez 36, David 34, Ahmad 2-19) by seven runs. There was almost a repeat of Lahore Qalandars’ stunning victory over Karachi Kings earlier this season, but this time, the Kings held on – just, keeping their playoff hopes alive with a 7-run victory over their biggest rivals. Karachi Kings were given a scare at the end by James Faulkner and Tim
That was largely due to the phenomenal bowling of Afghanistan teenager Noor Ahmad, whose figures of 4-0-19-2 halted Lahore’s chase when the game was still in doubt.
But that didn’t mean the game was over; at the end, the Qalandars came close to winning thanks to an astonishing attack from Tim David and James Faulkner.However, the Kings regained control when they camped out, and despite a brief fright in the final over from Rashid Khan, the Kings finally found themselves in a situation that no one could escape.
The Kings had won the toss and decided to bat, perhaps encouraged by the way Islamabad United had scored 247 in the first innings in the previous match.The Kings never quite picked up the pace when it was needed, but crucially, they never decelerated either.
The innings started off a little shakily and stuttering throughout.Qalandars were particularly degenerate in the field, dropping Babar Azam no less than multiple times, and regardless of whether Lords’ star player wasn’t near his best, his 44-ball 54 aided form a stage that agreed with his position to 176.
At the other end, Martin Guptill was more fluid, and the two of them played together for an 88-run partnership that made sure Kings wouldn’t have to worry about losing any wickets as they tried to make a comeback.
Fakhar Zaman hit a couple of sixes off Imad Wasim in the first over of Lahore’s chase, but the wheels soon fell off.Before Noor could begin to strangle the batters, Mohammad Ilyas got rid of Sohail Akhtar early in In Karachi Kings Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 27 | PSL 6.
When he finished his stint, the asking rate had reached beyond 16; however, David and Faulkner were able to blaze their way to a 24-ball partnership that added 58 runs and left Qalandars needing 27 runs off two due to lapses in concentration with the ball.However, David was holed out to long-off by Abbas Afridi, and Qalandars finally lost the fight.
Noor Ahmad’s teenage dream It is impossible not to be awestruck by the magnitude of Noor Ahmad’s talent, which is contained within the frame of a small, unassuming boy who is 16 years old.
The Qalandars were trailing when the Afghan teenager came on in the seventh over, but he overcame their deficit to win the game.In the first over, he played with Mohammad Hafeez, who made his debut before Noor was born. He kept him honest with a quirky, unplayable mix of flippers, googlies, and standard left-arm legspin.However, the wickets column did not begin to reflect the rewards for his skill until the end of his third over.Azam attempted to play with the turn when Ben Dunk, who had been defeated by a tremendous turn off the previous ball, was taken at first slip.
The clincher fell off the last bundle of his spell, however, when Hafeez was at last managed the killer blow.Hafeez attempted to turn him inside out under cover, but the delivery was pushed through, and Hafeez was unable to get a good height on it.At extra cover, it would go right to Imad Wasim, and Noor got his second, giving up just 19 points in his spell.
Azam’s enchanted innings
It’ll be some time before Azam can whine about fortune not leaning toward him.The cricket gods paid him back, and then a lot more, after he was deemed lbw against Peshawar Zalmi because the ball might have missed the leg stump.Dunk grassed an outside edge off Azam’s bat in the second over, but lady luck was only just starting to work.In the fourth over, he barely made it through Faulkner’s lbw shout because he couldn’t quite find his rhythm.
Not that he wouldn’t have chances in the future.With a sharp bouncer, Haris Rauf rushed onto him and skied toward midwicket, where substitute fielder Zaid Alam messed up a routine high catch.After a collision with Guptill in the ninth over, he was left stranded in the middle of the crease, but Rashid ended the run-out opportunity.
Soon, Rauf went from being irritated by the bowler to being the one who was responsible for getting him out of the game once more by getting an absolute sitter at third man off the bowling of Ahmed Daniyal.Daniyal’s agony was not over, but Rashid gave Babar another chance at life by pointing him down.
The Qalandars almost seemed to have forgotten that just because he was from Lahore did not mean that he was on their side.Hafeez at long last put paid to the scratchiest of innings from Pakistan’s chief hitter, clutching one at point as Azam at last succumbed to a forgettable 44-ball 54.
The Karachi squeeze For the first three overs of the Qalandars chase, elimination beckoned after the Kings’ shoddy batting effort was followed by a sloppy start with the ball.Wasim, Mohammad Amir, and Ilyas all took a beating in the first three overs, which resulted in the loss of 34 runs.
However, Amir’s second over changed the momentum by combining yorkers and changes of pace to slow things down.From there, Ilyas carried the momentum, taking his maiden wicket and defeating Akhtar while also putting Qalandars on the back foot.Noor did most of the rest in the middle overs, but the task for the 16-year-old would have been much more difficult if he hadn’t stopped a top Qalandars order that seemed impossible to stop.
Currently, Karachi Kings are eight points behind Multan Sultans, who are fourth, in net run rate.After suffering their third defeat in a row, the Lahore Qalandars remain tied for third place with ten points.
Noor Ahmad Noor Ahmad Tim David Babar Azam James Faulkner Rashid Khan Martin Guptill Mohammad Hafeez Kings vs. Qalandars PSL Karachi still have a chance to win the tournament.Their chances would have been severely harmed had they lost, but they did not.They got a good total of 170 on a great wicket, so the bowlers did a great job for them.
In order to keep their chances alive, Lahore would want to fix their batting problems, and Karachi would want to squeeze in yet another victory.That concludes the day; we will return with additional cricketing action.
Wasim Imad: We probably fell 20 runs short.It was an incredible wicket.The bowlers did an excellent job.They went along with the plans.You should reach your peak at the right time.We still have one game to play.In the event that we win it and qualify, who can say for sure.We have a game to play, so we will play at full strength.
The winner of the match was Noor Ahmad:I’m extremely happy.We all played to our fullest potential and tried to win the game.
To Sohail Akhtar: After six to seven overs, our batting has been poor.Additionally, there were a few errors on the field.Noor bowled admirably.Imad also bowled well.The spin overs were extremely tight.We will meet to discuss the batting.Good bowling has taken place.Our middle unit performed better than in previous games.
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