Karachi Kings defeat Lahore Qalandars to stop their losing skid in PSL 2022
LAHORE: After defeating Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs on Friday, Karachi Kings earned their first win in the present Pakistan Super League (PSL) seventh edition.
In chasing a 150-run goal in PSL 7, the Qalandars could only manage 127 for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs, with Mohammad Hafeez scoring the most runs (33).
After eight straight losses — the highest by any team in a single edition — this was Karachi Kings’ first victory in the ongoing competition.
In order to protect 150 runs against a superb Lahore batting line-up, Karachi spinners had to go above and beyond. That is exactly what they did.
With their superb bowling, Chris Jordan, Imad Wasim, and Mir Hamza enabled them successfully defend the 150-run goal.
From the start, the Karachi bowlers created pressure by delivering tight lines and lengths, which resulted in early wickets.
With Lahore’s score of four runs on the board, left-arm bowler Mir Hamza dismissed the in-form Fakhar Zaman for one. Six runs later, Abdullah was dismissed by Hamza, who had been outstanding with the new ball.
Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Ghulam put up a 42-run partnership until Imad Wasim dismissed the latter for 13 runs.
The game appeared to be out of reach for Lahore with the removal of Phil Salt and Hafeez. Qalandars were reintroduced to the game by Harry Brook and David Wiese.
Harry made 26 runs, while Wiese was bowled for 31 runs by Hamza in the 19th over, just as he was starting to look threatening.
Lahore needed 25 runs in the penultimate over, and Jordan bowled beautifully, giving up only two runs and picking up two wickets as Karachi eventually secured their first win of the season.
When it came to bowling for Karachi, all of the bowlers were cost-effective. In their four over stints, Hamza took 2-27, Jordan 2-23, and Imad 1-23.
The Qalandars knocked out the Kings for 149 runs in 19.5 overs after being requested to bat first. Star leggie Rashid Khan and youthful bowler Zaman Khan both took four wickets.
Karachi’s innings got off to a shaky start as opener Joe Clarke was dismissed with 12 runs on the board.
Sharjeel Khan followed him 12 runs later when Shaheen Shah trapped him lbw, as Babar Azam sought to keep the innings together.
Rashid Khan dismissed Babar for 39 runs on the first ball of the 11th over when he got him stumped to the outside of the off-stump delivery. Qasim Akram scored 26 runs in 18 balls.
Lewis Gregory’s 28 runs helped Kings establish a total that was adequate for them to defend and halt their losing skid. Mohammad Nabi and Imad Wasim both failed to play a big knock, being dismissed for eight runs apiece.
In terms of bowling, teenage bowler Zaman Khan continued to impress, picking up four wickets for 16 runs in 3.5 overs. Rashid Khan got four for 17 in four overs, and his line and length were on point once more. Shaheen was also effective with the new ball, as seen by his one scalp.
Lahore Qalandars: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Kamran Ghulam Mohammad Hafeez, Harry Brook, Phil Salt (wk), Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (c), Joe Clarke, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Nabi, Rohail Nazir (wk), Qasim Akram, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Usman Shinwari, Mir Hamza