An all-round performance from Peshawar Zalmi guides them to a comfortable six-wicket win over Karachi Kings in match 26 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021. Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz led from the front with figures of 3 for 34, while 22-year-old leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed was at his impressive best, finishing with 3 for 14 from his four overs.
With this win, Zalmi move to second in the PSL 20201 points table with 10 points from nine matches, the Kings are in fifth place with six points from eight matches and have now lost all their three matches since PSL resumed. Chasing 109 to win, despite losing Kamran Akmal in the second over, Zalmi got off to a flying start. Hazratullah, the left-handed Afghanistan international known for his big-hitting was a treat to watch as he took the charge to the Kings’ bowlers and scored his maiden HBL PSL half-century off just 17 balls – joint fastest in the PSL history.
Hazratullah contributed 84 off 39 for the second-wicket with Haider Ali (16) which helped Zalmi chased down the target for the loss of four wickets with 54 balls spare. Hazratullah top-scored with 63 off 26 smashing eight fours and four sixes. For Kings, captain Imad Wasim picked two wickets for two runs, which included a double-wicket maiden over – ninth over of the innings.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Kings got off to an awful start as they lost Babar Azam for a first-ball duck, Martin Guptill (4), Chadwick Walton (0) inside the powerplay and were left reeling at 37 for four in the seventh over with the departure of Sharjeel Khan (25). At this stage Afghanistan left-hander Najibullah Zadran, who scored unbeaten 71 for Kings last night was joined by Imad Wasim.
The pair stitched 30 off 43 for the fifth wicket – the best partnership in the innings. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for Kings and at one point it seemed the defending champions would not even reach the 100-run mark. That the Kings managed to play out the 20 overs was largely due to emerging all-rounder Mohammad Abbas Afridi who top-scored with an unbeaten 18-ball 27. Afridi struck three sixes and a four as Kings ended up with 108 for nine – their lowest in the PSL history.
Karachi Kings 109 for 9 in 20 overs (Abbas Afridi 27*, Sharjeel Khan 25; Abrar Ahmed 3 for 14) lost to Peshawar Zalmi 109 for 4 in 11 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 63, Haider Ali 16; Noor Ahmad 1 for 24) by six wickets
Player of the match: Hazratullah Zazai
(With inputs from PSL media release)
(Image courtesy: PCB)