SHARJAH: Despite a fiery innings by England all-rounder Ravi Bopara, Peshawar Zalmi successfully defended the massive target of 183, beating Karachi Kings by mere 3 runs here at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Bopara hit 4 sixes and 5 fours in his 33-ball 67 but got out in the last over to leave his side at the touching distance, just 5 runs behind the target. However, tailenders failed to cross the line and Kings fell just 3 run short of the target.
Besides Bopara, JM Vince made 44 and Sohail Tanvir 23 for Kings to keep their team’s hope alive after being restricted to 109 for 6 in the 15th over.
Wahab Riaz took two wickets while Tait, Asghar, Afridi and Sammy shared a wicket each for Peshawar Zalmi.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafiz made a breezy half-century to help his side post a challenging 183 run target for Karachi Kings in the tenth match of inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The Zalmi opener made 59 off 35 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes while his opening partner Tamim Iqbal made 37, Kamran Akmal 30, captain Shahid Afridi 16 and Darren Sammy 14 to help their side reach 182 for the loss of 4 wickets in full 20 overs.
Ravi Bopara picked two wickets and Mohammad Amir and Sohail Tanvir shared a wicket each for the Kings.
Karachi Kings have made a slow start to the PSL, they’ve lost two of their first three games. On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi has won two out of three.
Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, DJ Malan, Shahid Afridi (c), DJG Sammy, Shahid Yousuf, Wahab Riaz, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Asghar, SW Tait
Karachi Kings: LMP Simmons, Nauman Anwar, JM Vince, Shakib Al Hasan, Shoaib Malik (c), RS Bopara, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir, Saifullah Bangash, Usama Mir
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