The biggest rivalry of PSL history happened last night as Lahore Qalandars came in front of Karachi Kings. Both the teams are still fighting to find a spot in the playoffs of the HBL PSL 6. If Karachi had lost the match against Lahore last night the equation should have been simplified but nothing happened like that it’s still complex.
The competition right now is between Lahore, Multan, and Karachi for the playoffs. Multan is now the only team to have two matches left all other teams except Peshawar has one match left each as Peshawar had already played all of their matches.
Karachi Kings won the toss and elected to bat first after watching the big scoring game match 26 between Islamabad and Peshawar.
Karachi Kings made 2 changes while Lahore made only 1. Karachi brought in Danish Aziz and Muhammad Illyas. Lahore tried Agha Salman and benched Zeeshan Ashraf.
Complete XI of Qalandars was Sohail Akhtar, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk, Tim David, Rashid Khan, James Faulkner, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Ahmed Daniyal.
Karachi’s XI was Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Martin Guptil, Danish Aziz, Chadwick Walton, Najeebullah Zadran, Abbad Afridi, Muhammad Amir, Noor Ahmed, and Muhammad Illyas.
Babar Azam’s Dropped Catches
Sharjeel Khan started the innings with a boundary to Shaheen Shah on the very first ball. Sharjeel was timing the ball so well in the powerplay he smashed Shaheen for a six too. In Shaheen’s second over he lofted the ball towards the leg side but found Tim David at the boundary line who took his catch.
Karachi was the first team to survive James Faulkner and not giving him any wicket in his powerplay overs. They survived him quite brilliantly. Haris Rauf came to ball the 5th over of the powerplay, he bowled two dots to Babar Azam and Babar lofted the next ball into the sky. Zaid was the fielder behind the ball to take the catch of Babar but he dropped a sitter.
Martin Guptil Getting His Form Back
Before tonight’s match, Martin Guptil’s highest score in PSL 6 was only 11 but he suddenly started to find some good timing. He smashed his first HBL PSL six to Haris Rauf in the same Over in which Babar was dropped. He kept going after this six and hit a total of 3 sixes in his innings.
Ahmed Daniyal bowled the 13th over and Babar Azam hooks him towards deep gully but Haris Rauf dropped him again. After that drop, Martin Guptil hit Ahmed for a six but on the very next ball Ahmed cleaned him up with a beautiful delivery on the stumps.
Guptil played a knock of 43 runs in 30 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours. At the time of his wicket, Karachi was 109 with a loss of 2 wickets. The stage was now set for Babar and company to start the fireworks against Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi With A Brilliant End To The Innings
After Martin Guptil, Najeebullah Zadran came out to bat who is a left-hander. Skipper Sohail Akhtar called Muhammad Hafeez straightly. We all know how much good is Hafeez against the left-handers and kept his legacy going. He got the wicket of Zadran on the very first ball as Ben Dunk took the catch behind the Stumps.
After Zadran’s wicket, Babar Azam’s catch dropped again at a point. This was the 5th chance missed in total to dismiss Babar Azam. After that Rashid Khan bowled out Chadwick Walton and in the same over Babar Azam lost his wicket too as Muhammad Hafeez took his catch comfortably this time.
After losing 3 quick wickets Imad and Danish Aziz took the responsibilities. Imad lead from the front and took Karachi to 176 runs with his quick 30 runs while Danish Aziz scored 16 of 10 deliveries. Rashid was the best bowler with 2 wickets for 25 runs.
Lahore Looked Good In The Poweplay
Fakhar Zaman started the innings on a high note and smashed two sixes to Imad in the first over. Sohail Akhtar was timing the ball beautifully as he smashed 4 boundaries in his innings. Illyas got his wicket early the review from him saved him. But again Illyas was the man who got his wicket and in the same manner as LBW.
Muhammad Hafeez hit Illyas for a six on the very first ball that he faced. Lahore managed a good score in the powerplay with a loss of only 1 wicket. Imad introduced himself in the attack after 8 overs and he bowled Fakhar Zaman in no time.
Imad Along with Noor Ahmed bowled their spells together. Imad also used Danish Aziz with Noor as Lahore was struggling against the spinner. Muhammad Hafeez who is usually too good against spinner was unable to control the googly and flippers and Noor Ahmed. On the last ball of Noor Ahmed’s spell, Hafeez lost his wicket. Before him, Noor also dismissed Ben Dunk.
David And Faulkner Fought For Qalandars
After Muhammad Hafeez’s wicket, Lahore Qalandars was 83 with a loss of 5 wickets. There was still a long way to go to win the match and there were no set batsmen on the crease now. Tim David was joined by Aussie all-rounder James Faulkner.
Faulkner charged Muhammad Illyas hit him 2 consecutive sixes and then Tim David hit him for a six too on the juicy full toss. Faulkner’s first six was 79 meters while the next one was 83 meters. Tim David hit Illyas on a wider ball two consecutive times the first time it was a dot ball but the next time Danish Aziz took the catch and Tim David returned to the pavilion.
Faulkner hit and Rashid Khan were having the charge on the crease but Faulkner lost his wicket. 3 sixes were required of the last 3 balls. Rashid swings his bat for a six followed by a boundary at the leg side. In this way, Karachi managed to get a victory by 7 runs and kept their hopes alive for the playoffs.
Changes In Points Table
Lahore Qalandars stayed at number 3 followed by Multan while Karachi Kings are still at number 5. Karachi and Lahore have now only match left while Multan have 2 matches as mentioned earlier.
Check complete HBL PSL 6 points table here.
|Karachi Kings||176/5(20 Overs)|
|Babar Azam||54(44)||Rashid Khan||25/2 (4 Overs)
|Martin Guptil||43(31)||Muhammad Hafeez||4/1 (1 Over)|
|Lahore Qalandars||169/7(20 Overs)|
|Muhammad Hafeez||36(36)||Noor Ahmad||19/2 (4 Overs)|
|Tim David||34(14)||Muhammad Illyas||41/2 (4 Over)|
|Toss||Karachi Won, Elected Bat|
|3rd Umpire||Aleem Dar|
|Match Refree||Muhammad Anees|