PSL 2019: Hasan Ali and Imam-ul-Haq star in Peshawar Zalmi's win over Karachi Kings

Waseem Ahmed 23:56 21/02/2019
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Fine win for Peshawar Zalmi. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Peshawar Zalmi made it two wins on the trot in the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a convincing 44-run victory over Karachi Kings at Sharjah.

After posting 153-8 with the bat, Peshawar restricted Karachi to 109-9 in their 20 overs to hand Imad Wasim’s men their second straight loss in the competition.

Batting first, Peshawar Zalmi’s innings got off to a poor start with Kamran Akmal falling for a duck. Peshawar looked to be on the road to recovery with a promising stand between Imam-ul-Haq and Umar Amin before Sikandar Raza struck twice in one over with his part time off-spin.

Amin was the first one to fall to Raza after being deceived by the flight before Wayne Madsen was cleaned bowled for a duck.

Kieron Pollard’s poor PSL continued with the West Indies all-rounder falling for a duck after seeing his stumps cleaned up by Karachi skipper Imad Wasim.

Peshawar managed to overcome that poor start with Imam and Liam Dawson stitching together a 76-run stand for the fifth wicket before the latter fell for a well-made 43 (33).

Imam followed Dawson back to the pavilion soon after but not before registering a 38-ball half-century. Peshawar skipper Darren Sammy added some handy late runs with an entertaining cameo of 24 (10) to take his side to a challenging total of 153-8 in their 20 overs.

While Sammy had provided Zalmi with the perfect finish with the bat by striking a last-ball six, Hasan Ali gave them a roaring start with the ball by dismissing Liam Livingstone off the very first delivery of Karachi’s innings.

The Pakistan pacer then showed brilliant athleticism to run-out the dangerous Babar Azam off his own bowling before Wahab Riaz had Ben Dunk caught behind by Akmal.

Colin Ingram recovered from a nasty blow to his head after being struck by a Wahab Riaz bouncer but the South Africa’s innings was cut short by an excellent run-out effected by Imam.

Raza was given a couple of lives early on but when his 14-run knock was ended by Umaid Asid, Karachi were well on their knees.

Imad and Mohammad Rizwan battled for Karachi without making any significant indent on the Peshawar total but the game was up once Hasan Ali returned to pick up three wickets in the penultimate over.

BRIEF SCORES

Peshawar Zalmi: 153-8 (20 overs)

Imam-ul-Haq: 56 (43)

Sikandar Raza: 2-23 (four overs)

Karachi Kings: 109-9 (20 overs)

Hasan Ali: 4-15 (four overs)

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