Karachi snatch Super Over victory to reach final
Karachi Kings are through to the final of Pakistan Super League 2020 after a nail-biting finish against Multan Sultans which the former won in the Super Over in Karachi.
Multan put 141/7 on board after being put into batting first in the Qualifier. Ravi Bopara made the top score with 40 runs from 31 deliveries. Sohail Tanvir’s (25* off 13) late blasts guided them to a fighting total.
Karachi bowlers and fielders struck early blows, reducing Sultans to 40/4 in 6.3 overs. Englishman Bopara took them out of the hole. Shahid Afridi made run-a-ball 12 runs with the bat.
Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, seemed to be putting Karachi in the final quite easily. The right-hander scored 53-ball 65 runs including 5 fours and 2 sixes. He and Chadwick Walton (2) departed in the same over (17th) bowled by Sohail Tanvir.
A sudden collapse brought down Karachi to requiring 7 runs off the last over with three wickets remaining. Mohammad Ilyas sent back Mohammad Amir in the second ball of the over. It was down to 5 off the final ball with skipper Imad Wasim on strike. Imad hit the last ball for a boundary to take the game to Super Over.
Sherfane Rutherford’s a four and a six helped Kings post 13/2 in the Super Over bowled by Tanvir. Pakistani veteran Amir was lethal in defending the total against Bopara and Rilee Rossouw, giving away 9 runs for no wickets to seal a Super Over win.
Multan Sultans 141/7 in 20 overs (Bopara 40, Tanvir 25*; Arshad Iqbal 2/21, Waqas Mahmood 2/26)
Karachi Kings 141/8 in 20 overs (Babar 65, Imad 27*; Tanvir 3/25, Imran Tahir 1/22)
Karachi Kings won the Super Over
Man of the Match: Babar Azam