Babar, bowlers make Karachi Kings PSL 5 champions


Karachi: Babar Azam batted brilliantly and remained not out for 63 runs as Karachi Kings defeated Lahore Qalandars by five wickets to lift PSL 5 Trophy here at National Stadium on Tuesday. 

Babar struck seven boundaries during his stay at the crease while he partnered with Chadwick Walton to score a match-winning partnership of 61 runs. Walton made the second-highest 22 runs from Kings.

Earlier, Kings’ bowlers held Lahore Qalandars tight as they managed to post just 134-7. While batting first, Qalandars were off to a steady start with openers Tamim Iqbal and Fakhar Zaman scoring 68 runs together. But, wickets of both the openers in quick successions put the batting side under pressure.

Tamim Iqbal was off to a good start but his knock of 35 runs off 38 balls slowed down Qalandars’ score. Fakhar was caught off Umaid Asif after scoring 27 with the help of four boundaries.

Sohail Akhtar and David Wiese scored 14 runs each and both couldn’t stay for long at the crease. Shaheen Shah Afridi expressed his batting skill with a six off Mohammad Amir in last over of the inning. The left-handed batsman scored 12 runs.

For Kings, Waqas Maqsood, Amir, and Arshad Iqbal took two wickets each while Imad Wasim picked up one.

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