PSL 2019: Amir inspires Karachi Kings to seven-run win over Multan Sultans

Waseem Ahmed 19:26 15/02/2019
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Mohammad Amir. (Image credit - @thePSLt20/Twitter)

Karachi Kings got off to the perfect start in the Pakistan Super League with a nail biting seven-run win over Multan Sultans in Dubai on Friday.

Chasing 184 for victory, Multan Sultans ran Karachi close but fell away in the final stages ultimately with their score bring restricted to 176-9.

Batting first, Karachi Kings openers Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone got off to a flying start with the pair putting on a record 157-run partnership for the first wicket.

Both the batsmen threw caution to the winds but it was Livingstone who caught the eye with a 43-ball 82 that contained six sixes and as many boundaries.

Babar, on the other hand, went past the 3,000-run mark in T20 cricket as he brought up a fine half-century. The Pakistan stalwart ultimately fell for a 59-ball 77, triggering a late Karachi collapse which saw them ultimately restricted to 183-6.

In contrast, Multan Sultans’ openers Tom Moores and Shan Masood started poorly in the chase with the first boundary not coming until towards the end of the fourth over. The former perished to Mohammad Amir as the run-rate pressure built up while the latter fell to Karachi youngster Umer Khan while attempting a big hit.

After being 59-2 at the 10-over mark, Multan upped the ante through skipper Shoaib Malik and Laurie Evans. Malik scored a staggering 33 runs in a sensational sequence of just eight deliveries during his innings to get Multan’s chase back on track.

Malik brought up a 24-ball half-century but Evans missed out on his by a whisker after he was run-out for 49 by Usman Shinwari.

However, once Malik and Andre Russell fell in the space of four deliveries, the Kings had got their noses in front once again.

Veteran Shahid Afridi and youngster Hammad Azam added a late twist with some crisp hitting but Mohammad Amir held his nerve for Karachi with a four-wicket haul to seal the win.

BRIEF SCORES

Karachi Kings: 183-6 (20 overs)

Liam Livingstone: 82 (43)

Babar Azam: 77 (59)

Multan Sultans: 176-9 (20 overs)

Shoaib Malik: 52 (28)

Laurie Evans: 49 (39)

Mohammad Amir: 4-25 (four overs)

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Shoaib Malik put on a show for the Pakistan Super League fans in Dubai with an exhilarating innings during the clash between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings on Friday.

A target of 187 was set by Karachi for the league’s youngest franchise and their skipper turned it into a pulsating chase with some clean hitting that saw him register seven boundaries in eight balls.

He started by hitting Sohail Khan for a four and a six before picking up a single to maintain strike at the end of the 13th over.

Ravi Bopara was the unassuming bowler of the 14th over when the Pakistani batsman really cut loose.

Malik dispatched the first four deliveries to the advertising boards before launching the fifth into the stands. Bopara’s expensive over ended with a double, eventually yielding 24 runs.

That surge saw Malik bring up his fifty in just 24 balls but he was eventually dismissed by Usman Khan for 52.

Despite his heroics, Multan were unable to complete the chase after needing 16 off the final over with Karachi winning by seven runs.

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Sport360 staff 19:20 15/02/2019
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Karachi Kings. Image credit - @thePSLt20/Twitter

Karachi Kings take on a Multan Sultans in their opening clash of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Friday.

Karachi will be banking on the batting prowess of star batsman Babar Azam to counter the experienced batting of Multan in the form of captain Shoaib Malik and veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Who will get off to a winning start? Catch all the live updates below.

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