PSL 4 2019: Karachi Kings beat Multan by 7 runs
DUBAI (92 News) – Karachi Kings beats Multan Sultans by seven runs in Friday’s first Pakistan Super League (PSL) match.
Karachi Kings set a 184 run target for Multan Sultans. The Multan Sultans were chasing a 184-run target set by the Kings.
The opening duo of Babar Azam and Liam Livingston put up a Kings record 157 for the opening partnership. However, the opening partnership was the sole highlight of the innings as Kings batsmen fell in quick succession.
Liam Livingston was the first to depart being dismissed after exceptional innings of 82. The next wicket to fall was Colin Ingarm (1), followed by Babar Azam on 77. Chris Green picked up his third wicket when skipper Imad Wasim was sent back to the pavilion for 4 runs.
Junaid Khan picked up the wickets of Sikander Raza (4) and Mohammad Rizwan (1).
Earlier, Karachi Kings won the toss and elected to bat first against Multan Sultans in their first match in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Dubai International Stadium.
After losing the toss, Multan Sultans captain Shoaib Malik said: “I wanted to do the same but the toss is not in your hands. Russell arrived yesterday and we have a quite a few big players and PSL is growing every year and I think it is a great sign for our cricket. Andre Russell, Tom Moores, Laurie Evans and Chris Green are our four foreign players.”
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim said: “We are gonna bat first. We are gelling together nicely, we had a practice game and had a good couple of days here. Liam Livingstone, Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara and colin Ingramare the four foreign players for us.”
Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza, Awais Zia, Usama Mir, Aaron Summers, Sohail Khan, Iftekhar Ahmed, Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Aamir Yamin (S), Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone, Jahid Ali, Umer Khan
Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, James Vince, Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicolas Pooran, Mohammad Abbas, Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Illyas, M Junaid, Daniel Christian (G), Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakil Ansar, Hammad Azam, Chris Green
However, two matches are scheduled to be played today. In the first match Karachi Kings will take on Multan Sultans at 4:30pm (PST), while in the second match, Peshawar Zalmi will face Quetta Gladiators at 9:00pm.
SECOND MATCH TODAY
The second match today will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators at 9:00pm.
Islamabad thump Lahore in PSL4 opener
Earlier in the opening match of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai, Asif Ali justified his reputation of a big hitter as he smashed a whirlwind 19-ball 36 with three sixes and two boundaries to guide defending champions Islamabad United to a five wicket win as Pakistan Super League kicked off in Dubai on Thursday.
The 27-year-old, son of an Ironsmith from Faisalabad, wielded his bat like a hammer as Islamabad United chased down 172-run target with four balls to spare, with Faheem Ashraf sending the ball sailing over mid-wicket for the winning six.
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman had lifted Lahore to 171-8 with a polished 44-ball 65 studded with three sixes and six boundaries while fellow opener Sohail Akhtar made 30-ball 37.
Left-arm paceman Rahat li turned from hero to villian as Lahore Qalandars — having finished last in all three editions of the PSL — were brought back in the game with four wickets in his three overs for just 13 runs. But Asif smashed Rahat for two sixes in the 18th over to spoil his figures and snatched victory for Islamabad.
Hussian Talat made 30-ball 37 with three fours and a six but Islamabad were in a spot of bother, needing 103 in the last ten overs. But Asif put them on the winning ways with some clean hitting.
Islamabad captain Mohammad Sami praised Asif’s hitting prowess.