Darren Sammy and Liam Livingstone nearly got Peshawar Zalmi over the road last night. thanks to brilliant bowling from Umaid Asif within the final over which made sure that Karachi Kings persisted for a tremendous 10-run win at the National Stadium, Karachi yesterday. the whole credit of Kings’ victory goes to the superb 97-run partnership between Babar Azam and Imad Wasim. They got together after Cameron Delport fell within the ninth from Mohsin and aced up Kings innings. It took a superb piece of hustle when Tom Banton ran Azam out and broke the substitute the 18th over. By then, the Kings had 170 on the board and Iftikhar Ahmed smashed a four with two sixes in only three balls.
Chris Jordan struck a pair of early blows within the chase, getting Banton lbw and yorking Haider Ali three balls later. Kamran Akmal made this stick with 43 in 26 balls before handing the pitch over to Livingstone within the 10th over. Zalmi needed to attain two runs a ball at that stage, but Livingstone and Sammy somehow maintained with the run rate. then , only needing 16 to win off the ultimate over, with Sammy on strike, Zalmi’s boundaries dried up as Asif kept the batsmen off balance with a gaggle of slower balls and cutters bowled into the pitch.
The turning point of the match was when Asif produced a phenomenal effort in the last over and dismissed Sammy.
On strike for the second to the last ball, needing a few of sixes to win, Livingstone flubbed a knee-high full toss gently into the covers for one to effectively seal victory for the Kings. Star of the day Azam played a special knock to steer the Kings’ recovery after that they had been sent in to bat. He was fluent through the off side, with seven boundaries and two sixes, including perhaps the shot of the day, a blazing six over extra cover off Hasan Ali within the 15th over.
When Wasim began to speed up alongside him, Azam was happy to rotate the strike and would almost have carried on reaching three-figures. Karachi Kings has moved level with Quetta Gladiators at the highest of the table on two points after two games.