Peshawar Zalmi sail past Karachi Kings to clinch comfortable victory

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Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi clinched two points at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as they beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs in Match 17 of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). Imad Wasim, skipper of Karachi won the toss and elected to field first.

Veteran pacer Mohammad Amir struck the early blows as he got the big sharks Mohammad Haris and skipper Babar Azam for a duck. In came the likes of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Haseebullah Khan down the middle-order who got the derailed side back on track.

The duo blazed with the bat as they stitched a vital partnership of 82 runs from 46 balls which tilted the momentum in their favour. Soon after the dismissal of Haseebullah (50 off 29 balls), Rovman Powell joined Cadmore at the crease and the duo added another 85 runs between them which propelled the side to score a mammoth 197 runs on the flat deck in Rawalpindi. 

Powell amassed a quick 34-ball 64 whereas Cadmore remained unbeaten with a knock of 56 runs off 45 balls. Meanwhile, Kings’ Amir relished a majestic outing as he scalped a four-wicket haul with impressive bowling figures of 4/26 in his four overs.

Karachi Kings fight valiantly in run chase

In response to the total, the Kings required a solid foundation from its openers in the chase to stay on course for a win. Matthew Wade and Adam Rossington did start well as they got 40 runs between them before the latter was sent packing by Azmatullah Omarzai.

Meanwhile, Wade continued to dominate with the bat as he got the boundaries on numerous occasions. Despite his fight, the rest of the middle order toppled as the side were reduced to 81 for the loss of four wickets. As the pressure began to mount, Wade found little to no help from the batting unit and eventually succumbed. His 41-ball 53 included nine boundaries at a decent strike rate of 129.26. Skipper Imad Wasim tried to execute a rescue job with his quick 30-ball 57 but only in vain.

Azmatullah Omarzai and Mujeeb Ur Rahman kept striking the blows to wrap up the contest. Omarzai and Aamer Jamal returned a three-wicket haul each whereas Mujeeb got two wicket to his name in Peshawar’s much-needed win.

here is how Twitter buzzed during the PSL clash-

Your team is 3 for 3. You walk in under intense pressure. And you smash a 27 ball half century in your first PSL game at just 19 years of age. Take a bow Haseebullah Khan! A player with a big future… #HBLPSL8
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08:22 PM · Mar 01, 2023

Always good to see young cricketers doing well at the PSL. Haseebullah Khan earlier today: Came in at 2/3 Scored 50 off 29 balls 4 fours 3 sixes #PSL8 #KKvPZ
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11:01 PM · Mar 01, 2023

Babar Azam scoring runs and the team losing is called stat padding. Karachi kings Amir and Imad are performing. One got 4 wickets, and the other had a batting on 40. The is losing what do you call this?! #PSL8 #HBLPSL8 #PSL2023 #PSL08
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11:09 PM · Mar 01, 2023

Congratulations Peshawar Zalmi, So happy for you and Bobby of course ❤💫 #KKvPZ #PSL8

11:08 PM · Mar 01, 2023

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11:08 PM · Mar 01, 2023

Yet another Imad batting innings going in vain this #PSL8. Feel for him at this point, though if he could show this level of consistency with the ball (or namely like in the CPL) and play Fuller ahead of Cutting who knows what KK’s campaign would have been looking like rn #PSL8

11:08 PM · Mar 01, 2023

Captain, the final hope 👀🤞 #YehHaiKarachi | #PZvKK | #HBLPSL8

11:07 PM · Mar 01, 2023

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11:07 PM · Mar 01, 2023



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