Babar Azam, Mohammad Nabi and Abbas Afridi make it 13 in 13 for the chasing side
Dan Christian ended Peshawar Zalmi’s chase with Karachi Kings scoring 191 for 4 (Azam 77, Nabi 67, Saqib 2-41), beating Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets (Bopara 58*, Rutherford 46, Abbas Afridi 2-27, Ilyas 2-38) early in the second innings. It finally seemed like a team that batted first would win a PSL 2021 match.
However, the Karachi Kings prevailed comfortably at the National Stadium thanks to frequent dropped catches from the Peshawar Zalmi fielders and individual fifties from Babar Azam (77*) and Mohammad Nabi (67) in Karachi Kings Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 13 | PSL 6 .The Kings briefly move up to first place on the PSL 2021 points table thanks to the victory.Additionally, it extends the streak of chasing teams winning 13 consecutive games.
In the seventh over of the chase, when Nabi joined Azam, the Kings were 43 for 3 in their pursuit of 189.They added 118 runs in less than ten overs, however, making full use of the opportunities provided by the Zalmi fielders.Dan Christian, who had conceded 32 in the final over of the first innings, the most expensive over in PSL history, played an unbeaten cameo of 16 to reach the winning runs after Nabi’s dismissal in the 17th over.
This marked the end of the Australian’s comeback after conceding the most expensive over in PSL history.A misfield for four put the game to bed, which was a fitting way to end it.
However, the Zalmi played without their regular captain Wahab Riaz, who was out with a back injury, as well as Imam Ul Haq and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. However, there were some positives for the Zalmi.At one point in the first innings, they were also struggling at 69 for 4, but Ravi Bopara’s 40-ball 58 and Sherfane Rutherford’s 32-ball 46 helped them get to 188 for 5 and put the game beyond reach.
Abbas Afridi gives the Kings an early boost With Imam out of the team, Zalmi had Kamran Akmal and Tom Kohler-Cadmore as his new starting duo.
Together, they made a good start by adding 30 runs for the first wicket.Abbas Afridi, who made his PSL debut and was Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker at the previous U-19 World Cup, made the breakthrough in the fifth over.Abbas, the nephew of former Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul, bowled a short ball that the batsman hit straight to third man after repeatedly challenging Akmal in his first over.Abbas removed Kohler-Cadmore for 10 four balls later when the Englishman mistimed a flick to Sharjeel Khan at midwicket.
When stand-in captain Shoaib Malik was caught lbw, the youngster Mohammad Ilyas hit the first ball of his match.After the Zalmi were reduced to 34 for 3, Bopara and Haider Ali attempted to form a partnership.The pair faced off against Imad Wasim for a 16-run eighth over, despite Abbas’s silence.However, Christian caught Ali deep behind square on the leg side in the tenth over, breaking the stand.
Bopara and Rutherford shine for Zalmi At 69 for 4, the Zalmi were in serious trouble. However, their two international players, Bopara and Rutherford, changed the complexion of the innings.Rutherford immediately hit top gear, whereas Bopara began slowly.In the 11th over, he hit Arshad Iqbal for a six and a four, and in the 12th, he and Christian whipped Christian for another double-digit score.
The Zalmi reached their fifty-hand partnership in just 40 balls shortly after they had reached three digits.The Zalmi scored 79 in the final five overs, setting off the fireworks.The 17th over was ended by Rutherford’s sixes off Ilyas in succession.After that, Bopara scored a boundary in the 18th to reach his fifty off 38 balls.Zalmi had reached 150 when Rutherford went down for 46 in the following over, a respectable score considering where they were in the powerplay.
However, incoming batsman Amad Butt struck 27 in a 32-run over to give the score of 150 odd a significant boost.After Christian had to re-bowl the final delivery due to five wides, the hard-hitting all-rounder hit a six to end the over, bringing his total to 27 off seven and Zalmi’s score to 188 for 5. The hard-hitting all-rounder hit three fours off the first three legal deliveries in Karachi Kings Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 13 | PSL 6.
A collapse of the Kings’ top order The Zalmi had picked up some steam after a successful first innings, and when the second innings started, they struck first with the wicket of Sharjeel.Sharjeel found Mohammad Irfan at short fine leg while trying to pull Mohammad Imran.Irfan then got among the wickets when he got a length ball to Joe Clarke to point across, just for Clarke to jab a catch to the wicketkeeper.
Azam continued to hit his shots despite the quick two wickets.He scored back-to-back fours on Irfan’s loose balls before hitting Saqib Mahmood for a four down the field to keep the scoreboard going.However, when inept Colin Ingram mistimed a pull for a leg side catch, he saw a third batting partner return.The Kings were 43 for 3 at that point and in serious trouble.
Nabi and Azam make the most of opportunities Zalmi had already dropped a catch early, and Mahmood dropped a catch at mid-off early in Ingram’s innings.However, Ingram did not take advantage of that chance.However, when Nabi and Azam received the same, they made full use of it.
With a boundary from Butt and a six from Umaid Asif to start aggressively, Nabi had shown early signs of being in perfect form with the bat.With his personal score at 20, he was bowled out by Butt at deep midwicket in the 11th over.Not only did that missed opportunity score four, but Nabi also hit the next ball for six to move to 30 and bring the over’s run total to 21.
When Butt took the ball in the 14th, he faced the full brunt of his error after dropping Nabi at the boundary.To reach his 28-ball fifty, Nabi hit him for consecutive fours and a six in three balls, and he finished the over with another four to score 18 runs.Azam picked up Asif’s slower ball very early in the 15th over and sent it into the crowd.The total was reduced to a reachable 63 in five overs after the two launched an assault in the middle of the over.
Butt’s nightmare in the second inning wasn’t over, though.When the pressure began to shift from the Kings to the Zalmi in the 16th, he missed five wides with a slower ball.Then, with a six, Azam smoked him deep in the middle for his fifty.He then made the hundred partnership by finding the gap at midwicket.After that, he got another six thanks to a drop by Imam, a substitute fielder, who dropped a catch after backpedaling close to the boundary.The most expensive run by a Zalmi bowler was 56 in Butt’s four overs, and his 25th over brought the required run rate down to less than 10 with four overs remaining.
At that point, the Kings were rampaging toward victory and the shoulders of the Zalmi had fallen.Even though Nabi fell for his 35-ball 67 in the 17th, the defending champions were not under any pressure.Christian had a chance to make up for the 32 runs he had conceded in the first innings of the 20th with a brief burst with the bat, but Azam kept hitting boundaries.Even though Azam scored the most points with 77, Nabi won Player of the Match in Karachi Kings Vs Peshawar Zalmi | Match 13 | PSL 6.
Karachi Kings ended their three-match winning streak and returned to the top of the table with a six-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi, giving them two crucial points. Babar AzamMohammad Nabi13 teams are chasing victories in this year’s Pakistan Super League, and the streak was unbroken on Wednesday, March 3, when the Kings won for the third time thanks to half-centuries from Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi.
Kings did not have it easy, however, as they lost Sharjeel Khan with the first ball of the innings in the rather steep chase for 189 runs.Kings were reduced to 43 for 3 and desperately in need of a partnership when Colin Ingram and Joe Clarke both fell cheaply, unable to revive the innings.When Babar and Nabi combined for a 118-run stand, they brought their experience to the forefront and snatched Zalmi’s momentum back.The pair took their time getting comfortable and played their innings well, but in their stand that won the match, they destroyed Peshawar.Babar was unbeaten on 77 off 47 balls and led his team over the line in the final over with three balls remaining after Nabi was run out for a 67 off 35 balls.
Kings conceded slightly more runs than they would have liked earlier when they chose to bowl, especially Dan Christian, who gave up 32 runs in the final over, the most expensive over in PSL history.That was the difference between finishing 188 and 160 odd. Zalmi achieved a strong finish thanks to Amad Butt’s two sixes and three fours in seven balls played.After the day’s top order failed to get going, they needed it.After being reduced to 69 for 4 at one point, Ravi Bopara revived their innings with an unbeaten 40-ball 58, and Sherfane Rutherford kept him company with a useful 46 off 32 balls.After only bowling two overs and giving up 13 runs, Christian bowled a mammoth over and ended up with 1-45 in three overs.
Brief ratings: Peshawar Zalmi scored 188/5 in 20 overs thanks to Ravi Bopara (58), Sherfane Rutherford (46), and Amad Butt (27).Abbas Afridi 2-27) lost to Karachi Kings 191/4 in 19.3 overs (Babar Azam 77*, Mohammad Nabi 67; Mohammad Ilyas 2-38)by six wickets (Saqib Mahmood 2-41).
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Captain of the winning team: The manner in which Babar and Nabi played was fabulous.On this wicket, you can score runs if you are prepared.They have sufficient variants, and Christian gave us a strong start.It can happen to any bowler (On releasing 32 runs off the last finished).It was encouraging to see how Babar ended in the end.We had everything under control until the final five to six overs.Amad played very well, and sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition.
Mohammad Nabi was named the match’s MVP.It was a very successful partnership.It was a good pitch for batting.It’s simple to chase, and you need a partner like Babar for these kinds of pursuits.It all depends on the circumstance and team directives regarding when to switch gears.
Captain of Peshawar Zalmi, Shoaib Malik: After taking three wickets, we were confident.However, these are excellent batting surfaces, and you can’t afford to let batsmen settle. As a result, we had to take additional wickets to halt the run flow.That was a crucial catch that no one wants to miss, but we missed Nabi’s opportunity on number 20.However, these things happen in this game, and as batsmen, you also need luck.In close games, the team that holds its nerve has a better chance of winning, so we need to improve our fielding.
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