Zazai, bowlers ensure crushing Peshawar Zalmi win over hapless Karachi Kings
In Peshawar Zalmi Vs Karachi Kings | Match 24 | PSL 6 Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings 108 for 9 (Abbas Afridi 27*, Abrar 3-14, Wahab 3-34, Gul 2-13) by six wickets. There were demoralizing losses, humiliations, and whatever it was that happened to Karachi Kings today. Peshawar’s bowlers held Karachi Kings to their lowest ever PSL total before Zazai made quick work of it.
Peshawar Zalmi’s near-perfect disciplined bowling was followed by Hazratullah Zazai’s wild 26-ball 63 to win one of the most one-sided PSL matches in league history.
Only Islamabad United has struck a target faster, and even their ten-over chase against Quetta Gladiators this week appeared to be easily defeated.Zalmi had cruised to the target with nine overs remaining despite three late wickets slowing things down slightly.The poor run Karachi Kings have had since returning to the league continues, but the damage this defeat will cause may be just as significant in people’s minds as it is in the run-rate column.
The squeeze began with Wahab Riaz trapping Babar Azam in front off the third delivery, which marked the beginning of the squeeze.Contrarily, Azam’s duck demonstrated his significance to the side;His role and the rate at which he scored runs had come under forensic scrutiny over the past few games.However, with him out of the way, few Kings batsmen were able to assert themselves in an innings that was frequently punctuated by wicket falls.
When four wickets fell in seven overs in Peshawar Zalmi Vs Karachi Kings | Match 24 | PSL 6, Kings had no backup plan and may have been lifted by their own petard in some way by playing as if they were batters light.In an innings that never really got going, Imad Wasim managed just 19 out of 31.
In the end, Karachi’s former player Abrar Ahmed was selected to play for Zalmi. He took three crucial middle-order wickets, preventing the Kings from reaching 120.Their final score of 108 was their lowest in PSL history, and even that was made possible by Abbas Afridi’s lusty lower-order hitting.Zazai, on the other hand, made certain that nothing mattered in the end.
Zazai’s devastating debut Zazai is likely to become a fan favorite among T20 franchises over the course of his career, but the contempt with which he destroyed skilled Kings bowlers in his first PSL match was a sight to behold.Zazai decided he wouldn’t let the dismissal of Kamran Akmal in the second over derail his plans to win the game quickly, and Amir was the unfortunate victim at the end of his first offensive.
The first six was a little streaky, with a top edge over third man, but the three boundaries that came after in an over that leaked 21 were nothing out of the ordinary.It was followed by an over from the other Aamer Yamin, which was even more expensive.
The Afghan hit two sixes and two fours to propel him to a blitzkrieg half-century.The timing and power were both shocking, a fearsome 97-meter swipe over square leg maybe the shot of the evening.The 50 would be reached in just 17 balls, a record for both teams, and by that point, the match had already been decided as a contest.
Legspinner Abrar haunts his former franchise When legspinner Abrar was first introduced to the PSL by Karachi Kings in 2017, he appeared to be a proper mystery spin bowler who might become a valuable asset for his franchise.He was let go after a few seasons due to a lack of opportunities, but when he made his debut for Peshawar Zalmi, he showed his former team what they had missed.After a difficult first ten overs, Imad Wasim’s team was already struggling. In his first over, he controlled the Kings and only allowed two runs.
In the subsequent one, however, the 22-year-old exploded into life.With a carrom ball that Najibullah Zadran ended up holing out to long-off, he ended the partnership, and a ball that drifted back in ended Yamin’s brief time at the crease.With Wahab choosing to bowl him out sequentially, he would close down by deluding Waqas Maqsood with a googly, two balls after the hitter had crushed him for six.He would finish the day with a score of 4-0-14-3, and they did not in any way flatter him.
Where they stand
Karachi Lords were top when the association continued, however slipped to fifth, outside the capability spots.Peshawar Zalmi moved into second place alongside Lahore Qalandars by gaining 10 points.
Sameen Gul Hazratullah Zazai Babar Azam Wahab Riaz Abrar Ahmed Kings vs. Zalmi PSL Zazai, bowlers hand Karachi third consecutive defeat A near-perfect bowling performance by Peshawar Zalmi, led by three-fers from skipper Wahab Riaz and Abrar Ahmed, followed by a whirlwind 26-ball 63, helped Peshwar Zalm
After winning the toss, Zalmi captain Wahab Riaz brought Kings into the game and bowled out Babar Azam, their batting’s lifeline, in the third delivery.From that point on, nothing improved as Kings had difficulty forming a partnership.
In the third over, Sameen Gul made two consecutive deliveries, and opener Sharjeel Khan, who had helped Kings reach a respectable 33 off their powerplay, was run out by Riaz three balls later after making a 24-ball 25.
With match figures of 4-0-14-3, including crucial middle order wickets that cost Kings any chance of redemption, Abrar Ahmed was the best bowler for Zalmi.In the event that they dealt with a score past 100, it was generally because of the three robust blows from the bat of Abbas Afridi down the request.
Zazai’s blistering knock, which included as many as four sixes and eight boundaries, proved that a target of 109 was never going to be sufficient.Despite losing the other opener, Kamran Akmal, cheaply, the one-man show made sure that Zalmi had completed the majority of their task in the powerplay itself. They stole 76 from it.Zalmi scored 99 when Zazai fell after causing the most damage.
However, the three late strikes, including the opener by Imad Wasim in the ninth over, which was a double-wicket over, only slightly delayed the Kings’ inevitable third loss in a row.
Brief ratings: Abbas Afridi’s 27*, Karachi Kings 108/9 in 20 overs;Peshawar Zalmi were defeated by Abrar Ahmed (3-14), Wahab Riaz (3-34), and Sameen Gul (2-13) in 11 overs (109/4; Hazratullah Zazai 63;Imad Wasim won by six wickets (2-2).
Another crushing defeat for Karachi, who are struggling to recover, this time thanks to Zazai’s blinding innings.Rishi, on behalf of Nikhil and Harish, is signing off here.Tomorrow, we’ll continue our coverage of the PSL.
Peshawar Zalmi | Wahab Riaz: Zazai relieved pressure with his bat, leaving the opposition with no bowling options.We granted him permission to express himself because such players can be destructive to any team on a given day.We have to work hard and think about it because we have been losing wickets in waves over the past three games.Because good teams won’t let you make a comeback, the batsmen who are playing must persevere.
Man of the Match: Hazratullah Zazai (63 out of 26)I was excited to play for Peshawar when I was chosen.Mentors and chief persuaded me, and I was completely certain when I came into the ground.I performed equally well today against both pace and spin because I’m more comfortable with them.
Imad Wasim, captain of the Karachi Kings: We couldn’t have done much to hinder their performance because they bowled so tightly.They outperformed us in every way, they used powerplays, and we lost wickets in waves.
If Zazai had left earlier, we might have had a chance, but there are some positives, like Noor, who bowled brilliantly.With our backs to the wall, we have nothing to lose and must win now.There is no point in playing if we believe we cannot win, so we will give it our best shot.Let’s see what happens.
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