Peshawar Zalmi kept their nerves to defend 13 runs in the last over through Darren Sammy to edge out Karachi Kings by a mere three runs in the Pakistan Super League match in Sharjah on Thursday.
Zalmi had rode on a brilliant half-century by opener Mohammad Hafeez as they made 182-4 before Karachi Kings managed 179 in the allotted 20 overs.
It could have been anybody’s game in the last over with Ravi Bopara (33-ball 67) hit a six and took two off the first two balls before he holed out in the deep, leaving the tail to make the remaining five off the last three balls.
But Sammy saw one more single off the fourth and then had Usama Mir run out of the fifth delivery. Mohammad Amir failed to connect a shot, leaving Karachi fans disappointed.
Peshawar Zalmi were anchored by a brilliant and confident 93-run opening stand to post a challenging 182-4 in their 50 overs.
Even the change of venue did not work for Karachi as they succumbed to their third defeat in four games and will now fight for survival with Lahore Qalandars on Friday in a match which determines who go out of the play-offs.
It was another spirited performance by Shahid Afridi led team who won the toss and batted like champions. Hafeez struck a 35-ball 59 with three sixes and seven boundaries and was matched shot for shot by Bangladeshi Tamim iqbal who knocked 35-ball 37 with three boundaries.
The two were so dominating that the first ten overs yielded 86 and set the tone for latter order batsmen who scored 56 in the last five. Kamran Akmal hit a 20-ball 30 with two sixes and as many fours. Darren Sammy (18 not out) hit two sixes while Afridi (17 not out) hit a six and four to take 18 off the final Sohail Tanvir over.
Karachi bowlers field to take wickets to stop the flow of runs, with Ravi Bopara the only to show some bite with 2-31.
Kings were never in the hunt as they lost wickets at regular interval with half the side gone for just 48. Lendl Simmons made nine, Nauman Anwar 14 and Imad Wasim failed to score. Wasim was run out in a sloppy manner, walking in the backyard as a throw from mid-off hit the stumps directly.
Shoaib Malik (eight) and Shakib Al hasan (one) also departed without showing any hints of fight which left it to Vince and Bopara to add 61 for the sixth wicket and then Bopara-Tanvir stand yielded 61 in quick time.
But it was left to last over where Sammy won the day for his team.