Karachi Kings have defeated Lahore Qalandars by 27 runs. They batted brilliantly in the first half of the game after being put into bat by Dwayne Bravo, courtsey some extraordinarily poor fielding by Lahore, who dropped around 10 chances during the 20 overs. Qalandars started off brilliantly with Chris Gayle and Cameron Delport thrashing the Karachi bowlers to all parts of the ground. They were 98 for 1 when Delport departed after scoring 55 runs off just 39 balls. And there was no looking back for Karachi from there on. Gayle was gone next ball. Bravo left 2 balls later.
Umar Akmal and Rizwan put up 23 runs together but then Ravi Bopara got 3 wickets in an over. Though Hammad Azam was gien an LBW where he had hit the ball but since Aleem Dar s decision was that mattered, he had to go. Next over Ravi Bopara got Umar Akmal as well and finished his spell with 6 wickets. He had also scored 71 runs off just 43 balls and really turned the game around from a position where Kings looked out of the sorts; first while batting and then while bowling.
In the end, Qalandars only managed to score 151 runs off their allotted 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets, despite having put up a brilliant 98-run opening partnership. It was a poor performance by Lahore and they are now, deservingly, at the bottom of the table.
Bopara was declared the Man of the Match for his spectacular performance.
Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi have managed to bag another comfortable win as they beat Islamabad United by 7 wickets. Tamim Iqbal was the star of the match, remaining not out up until the end of match and scoring an incredible 80 runs on just 58 balls. Tamim was seen thrashing the ball over the place, with 3 impressive sixes to his name.
Islamabad United on Friday started off well against Peshawar Zalmi with a stable start provided by Shane Watson and Sharjeel Khan. Watson scored 19 runs off 20 balls while Sharjeel bagged 28 off the 22 balls that he played. Islamabad looked good but Peshawar got the important breakthroughs that they needed after that stable opening partnership. Islamabad United scored a handsome total of 152/6. The game intially poised nicely for an exciting contest, but with Zalmis in masterly form, they managed to make it look all to simple and in the end, glided effortlessly towards victory at the loss of only 3 wickets all thanks to the bowling efforts of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Asghar coupled with the skillful batting technique of Tamim Iqbal.
Sep 28, 2016 0
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