Lahore Qalandar Vs Karachi King | Match 26 | PSL 7, Hafeez’s 24-ball 33 was the closest a Qalandars player came to steering the chase as Karachi Kings won for the first time in nine games. Karachi Kings defeated Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs with 149 runs out (Babar 39, Zaman 4-16, Rashid 4-17). It wasn’t quite worth the wait, but if Karachi Kings were only going to win one game this season, it would probably have been this one, away from their rivals.
| Karachi Kings 149 all out (Babar 39, Zaman 4-16, Rashid 4-17) beat Lahore Qalandars 127 for 9 (Hafeez 33, Hamza 4-27) by 22 runs |
It wasn’t quite worth the wait, but if Karachi Kings are to win just one game this season, this one, away to arch-rivals Lahore, is the one they’d likely have opted for. An exquisite bowling spell from Mir Hamza – with wickets both at the top of the order and the death, saw the Kings close out a low-scoring game, beating Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs. It seemed at the halfway mark that 149 wouldn’t nearly be enough against this Qalandars side, but an off-color home side never quite got into it, and Hamza’s 4 for 27, as well as Chris Jordan‘s miserliness at the death, ensured the Kings had their first win in nine games.
Mir Hamza stars as Karachi Kings break losing streak
Hafeez’s 24-ball 33 was the closest a Qalandars player came to steering the chase as Kings had their first win in nine games
The Kings defeated Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs thanks to Mir Hamza’s superb bowling, which included wickets at the top of the order and at stumps.At the halfway point, it appeared that 149 would not be nearly enough against this Qalandars team. However, the home team never quite got going, and Chris Jordan’s miserliness at the end and Hamza’s 4 for 27 made the Kings win for the first time in nine games.
The Qalandars’ pursuit seemed to be less intense from the start, and Fakhar Zaman’s dismissal in the first over set the tone for what would come next.Shaheen Afridi’s team scored just six boundaries and a six in the first 16 overs of their conservative innings, with wickets falling frequently to keep raising the asking rate.Mohammad Hafeez’s 24-ball 33 was the closest a Qalandars player came to steering the chase, but the Kings’ uncharacteristically disciplined bowling effort kept the Qalandars out of the match.
In an effort to pull off a last-minute heist, Harry Brook and David Wiese put on 55 runs for the sixth wicket, but they had done too much.Jordan’s forensically accurate final over slammed the door shut in the Qalandars’ faces as they limped to 127 as Hamza returned to end the game. He removed both men within three balls.
The Kings’ innings were not significantly different from those of several previous games.The top team put forth an uninspired, sluggish effort that never really threatened to achieve a total that would normally be considered challenging.While Zaman Khan sliced through the top order to put the Qalandars on top, Babar Azam held the innings together without doing much more than that.The Kings appeared headed for yet another humiliating defeat when Rashid Khan ripped through the lower ranks and left them with 116 for eight.
Even though even that could only be said with the benefit of hindsight, the Kings were able to reach something resembling competitive thanks to a crucial cameo from Lewis Gregory, who scored a 16-ball 27.The home team dropped their guard, possibly believing the bowlers had done their job, and it appeared at the time that his carefree little knock was delaying the inevitable Qalandars win.Babar’s team, on the other hand, carried the momentum with them at the end of the innings and never looked back.
Although Karachi’s victory over Lahore may not be significant in the grand scheme of things, it always counts for something.
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