Karachi win Pakistan’s biggest rivalry
Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets in the final of the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi. So Karachi got their maiden title beating their biggest rival Lahore.
Lahore won the toss and elected to bat on Tuesday (November 17). They managed to score just 134 runs in 20 overs with the loss of 7 wickets.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal had the highest score for the team. Tamim, who scored 18 and 30 runs in the previous two matches, scored 35 runs on the day, his highest in this year’s PSL. He faced 38 balls and hit 4 fours and a six. Another opener Fakhar Zaman scored 27 runs off 24 balls.
After the departure of the two openers with 68 runs in scorecard, the rest could not do much of an advantage. 14 runs came from the bat of captain Sohail Akhtar and the hero of the second qualifier David Wiese. Waqas Maqsood, Umaid Asif and Arshad Iqbal took two wickets each for Karachi.
Chasing the small target, Karachi lost their first wicket early as Sharjeel Khan got out for 13 runs. Then Alex Hales (11) also failed to score big runs. However, in-form Babar Azam continued to fight in this match as well.
Chadwick Walton gave him good company. They both made 61-run partnership which gave Karachi the winning way. Walton scored 22 runs off 27 balls. On the other hand, Babar picked-up another half-century and was at the crease till the end. He scored an unbeaten 63-run innings off 49 balls with 7 fours.
Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain took 2 wickets each for Lahore. Babar was adjusted man of the match for his outstanding innings.
Toss: Lahore Qalandars
Lahore Qalandars: 134/7 (20 overs)
Tamim 35, Fakhar 27, Wiese 14
Waqas 18/2, Umaid 18/2, Arshad 26/2
Karachi Kings: 135/5 (18.4 overs)
Babar 63*, Walton 22, Sharjeel 13
Rauf 30/2, Dilbar 28/2
Result: Karachi Kings won by 5 wickets
Player of the tournament: Babar Azam