Peshawar Zalmi take second place following victory over Karachi Kings -PSL 2021

Peshawar Zalmi VS Karachi Kings

Peshawar Zalmi

At Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Peshawar Zalmi bowlers and Hazratullah Zazai led their team to a comprehensive six-wicket win against defending champions Karachi Kings in match 24 of the Pakistan Super League 6.

The Kings set Zalmi a target of 109, and the team reached the target with 54 balls to spare.

The chase began with Zalmi losing Kamran Akmal to Aamir Yamin in the second over for 9 when he attempted to drive him towards mid-off but the ball hit his stumps instead.

Kings had a chance to make it a tough run chase for Peshawar after the early wicket.

Haider Ali and Hazratullah Zazai, on the other hand, hit the Kings bowlers so hard, they were left defenseless.

Having reached his half-century off 17 balls, Zazai joined Kamran Akmal and Islamabad United’s Asif Ali in holding the record for the fastest half-century.

Zalmi were looking strong and could have defeated the Kings by nine wickets, but the Karachi bowlers took the last two wickets to reduce the margin.

It looked as if Zazai would end the game unbeaten with a score of 63, but Imad Wasim dismissed the Afghan spinner in the ninth over for 63. Shoaib Malik was also dismissed by the Kings’ captain after he attempted to hit him for a six to bring his team closer to victory.

The game was already out of Karachi’s hands when Noor Ahmed dismissed Haider Ali to push them four down.

Ahmed bowled a wide that went for a four to give Peshawar Zalmi the victory.

Peshawar has moved up to the second spot on the points table, while the Kings have fallen to number five.

Peshawar Zalmi innings

Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz led his bowlers to restrict Kings to 108 runs in the first innings.

Riaz, who opened the bowling for his side, dismissed in-form batsman Babar Azam in the first over for a duck to set the tone for the team.

During the third over, Sameen Gul took the wickets of Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton to leave the Kings at 12/3.

Sharjeel Khan’s hitting in the next few overs helped the Kings improve their score and gave them hope. In his second over of the game, Wahab dismissed the explosive batsman for 25 after Sharjeel tried to hit him for a six at square leg.

With Imad Wasim and Najibullah Zadran at the crease, the Kings were 58/4 after 10 overs.

The two batsmen struggled to take off against the Zalmi bowlers, and the pressure eventually piled up on them.

The debutant Abrar Ahmed dismissed Zadran and Yamin in the 14th over to push the Kings to 67/6.

Wahab came into the attack in the 16th over to dismiss the Kings’ captain Wasim, who was looking to attack the Zalmi bowlers in the last five overs.

Zalmi skipper then handed debutant Abrar the ball once again, and the spinner did not disappoint his captain, dismissing Waqas Maqsood to reduce the Kings to eight runs.

A lacklustre run from Mohammad Amir in the 18th over left the Kings nine down.

Abbas Afridi’s unbeaten cameo took them to 108 runs as they were looking to be dismissed under 100 runs. As the highest run-getter for his team in the match, the tailender finished the innings with 27 runs.

Zalmi’s skipper Wahab, debutant Abrar, and Sameen Gul finished with three wickets each.

Earlier, Zalmi had opted to field first after winning the toss against the Kings.

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