Babar Azam leads Karachi Kings to second win in PSL 6


KARACHI: Babar Azam scored match-winning 90 runs as Karachi Kings wrapped up their second win by seven wickets in Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6 against Multan Sultans. 

Babar and Joe Clarke dominated in run-chase as Kings chased 196 runs with seven balls to spare.

Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan and James Vince partnered strongly to lay down a solid foundation for Sultans to put up a good total on the scoreboard.

But, Karachi Kings’ bowlers hold Sultans’ batsmen and restricted them to 195-6 in 20 overs.

Sent into bat first, Sultans were off to a 53-runs opening partnership with Chris Lynn smashing 32 runs off just 14 balls with the help of six boundaries and a six.

Rizwan then partnered with James Vince to score 70 runs together as Multans were 123-1 in 11.1 overs. Rizwan made 43 runs off 32 balls with the help of five boundaries whereas Vince scored the highest 45 runs for Sultans.

In the end, Sohaib Maqsood supported Sultans’ inning and struck two boundaries and a six to remain not out for 34 runs.

For Kings, Arshad Iqbal bagged two wickets while Daniel Christian, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir, and Imad Wasim shared a wicket apiece.

In reply, Kings got their openers Sharjeel Khan and Babar firm at the crease with scoring 56 runs together. Sharjeel fell to Shahnawaz Dhani after scoring 27 runs off 14 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six.

Thereafter, Clarke and Babar joined hands to smash the opponent’s bowlers around the whole park. The right-handed batters scored match-winning partnership of 97 runs for Kings.

Clarke scored 54 runs with the help of three boundaries and four sixes while Babar remained not out for 90 runs. Dhani bagged two wickets while Sohail Khan took a wicket for Sultans.