LIVE: Kings tame Sultans to jump up to the second position

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Karachi Kings won the game against Multan Sultans convincingly by 63 runs and jumped up to the second spot at the points table with 9 points to their name in 6 matches.

Joe Denly, Babar Azam and Colin Ingram were incredible with the bat, whereas, Shahid Afridi led the bowling attack with three wickets for 18 runs in four overs.

Multan Sultans inning

Over 19.4 – Multan Sultans 125/9 (Tanvir 34*, Irfan 6)

(19.4) OUT! Mohammad Irfan gets run out, he was looking to get a single, but failed to make it to the crease.

(19.2) FOUR! Perfect yorker from Shinwari, the tall Irfan managed an under-edge that raced away for a boundary to third-man.

Shinwari bowls the last over.

Over 19 – Multan Sultans 121/9 (Tanvir 34*, Irfan 2*)

(18.4) SIX! It was a maximum off a free hit, it was full and fast, Tanvir went down the ground for a flat hit.

Mohammad Irfan Jr. bowls

Over 18 – Multan Sultans 110/9 (Tanvir 24*, Irfan 2*)

(17.1) SIX! Tanvir went to his favourite area, mid-wicket, off a slower one from Amir on his off stump.

Mohammad Amir bowls

Over 17 – Multan Sultans 101/9 (Tanvir 15*, Irfan 2*)

(16.1) OUT! Sharp from Joe Denly at short mid-wicket, quick and short from Irfan, Junaid looked to play towards mid-wicket but there was no timing, Denly took a good catch. He scored 1 run off 2 balls.

Mohammad Irfan Jr. comes on to bowl

Over 16 – Multan Sultans 99/8 (Tanvir 15*, Junaid 1*)

Junaid Khan is the new man in

(15.4) OUT! Brilliant yorker from Amir around the wicket, too good for Imran Tahir. He scored 2 runs off 9 deliveries.

Over 15 – Multan Sultans 97/7 (Tanvir 14*, Tahir 2*)

(14.3) SIX! Full outside off, Tanvir heaved it over mid-wicket for a huge six.

Denly continues

Over 14 – Multan Sultans 90/7 (Tanvir 7*, Tahir 2*)

Shahid Afridi bowls

Over 13 – Multan Sultans 87/7 (Tanvir 6*, Tahir 1*)

(12.5) OUT! Sohail Tanvir looked to steal a run by nudging the ball just at short third-man, Babar picked it up and returned it swiftly to Rizwan who removed bails in a flash to get rid of Hardus Viljoen.

(12.2) SIX! Flighted ball and it was there to be hit, Sohail Tanvir came down the wicket and struck it over long-on.

Joe Denly comes on to bowl

Over 12 – Multan Sultans 79/6 (Viljoen 1*, Tanvir 0*)

(11.2) OUT! Shoaib Malik came down the track and looked to go down the ground, he missed his googly that hit the stumps. He scored 6 runs off 8 balls.

Shahid Afridi continues

Over 11 – Multan Sultans 79/5 (Malik 6*, Viljoen 1*)

Imad continues

Over 10 – Multan Sultans 77/5 (Malik 5*, Viljoen 0*)

(9.5) OUT! Fuller and faster, it was not there to be cut, the ball hit his pad then bat and the ball rolled to stumps to dismiss the youngsters. He scored 13 from 11 balls.

(9.4) SIX! Full from Afridi, Saif Badar stayed in his crease, he just lofted it from there for the straight hit.

(9.2) FOUR! Too much air from Shahid Afridi, Badar took a long stride for a boundary over mid-wicket.

Shahid Afridi continues

Over 9 – Multan Sultans 66/4 (Malik 5*, Saif 3*)

Imad Wasim continues

Over 8 – Multan Sultans 62/4 (Malik 3*, Saif 1*)

(7.2) OUT! Brilliant from Afridi, he goes wider to the crease, it pitched around middle and leg stump and spun to knock off Pollard’s off stump, almost unplayable for the big man. He scored 3 runs off 6 deliveries.

Shahid Afridi into the attack

Over 7 – Multan Sultans 57/3 (Malik 0*, Pollard 3*)

(6.2) OUT! Shehzad came down the wicket looking for a big one, Imad pulled the length a bit and it turned just enough to beat the batsman, an easy stumping for Mohammad Rizwan. He scored 24 runs off 17 balls.

Imad Wasim comes on to bowl

Over 6 – Multan Sultans 53/2 (Shehzad 24*, Malik 0*)

Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.

(5.4) OUT! Short from Shinwari just at the right line, he looked to pull it over mid-wicket but got a top-edge, Babar Azam took a simple. He scored 11 runs on 7 balls.

(5.2) FOUR! Shinwari went full and Maqsood went over the top of extra-cover for a boundary.

(5.1) SIX! Short-ish in length, Sohaib Maqsood just picked it from the middle stump and deposited it over square-leg for a nassive one.

Shinwari continues

Over 5 – Multan Sultans 42/1 (Shehzad 23*, Maqsood 1*)

Sohaib Maqsood is the new batsman.

(4.3) OUT! Sangakkara was looking to go down the ground, he came down the wicket but could edge it to Mohammad Rizwan. He scored 18 off 13 deliveries.

(4.1) FOUR! Irfan bowls outside off, Sangakkara got on one knee and caressed through the gap at point.

Mohammad Irfan Jr. bowls

Over 4 – Multan Sultans 37/0 (Sangakkara 14*, Shehzad 23*)

(3.6) FOUR! Short again from Amir and once again a top-edge got Shehzad a boundary to third-man.

(3.4) SIX! Short from Amir, Shehzad swung the bat for a glory shot somewhere at the leg-side, but top-edged for a six at third-man.

Mohammad Amir continues

Over 3 – Multan Sultans 24/0 (Sangakkara 13*, Shehzad 11*)

(2.6) SIX! Short-ish in length at off-stump, not a bad delivery by any mean, he danced down the track and lifted that length for a six down the ground.

Usman Shinwari into the attack

Over 2 – Multan Sultans 16/0 (Sangakkara 6*, Shehzad 10*)

Mohammad Amir bowls the new ball from the other end.

Over 1 – Multan Sultans 14/0 (Sangakkara 5*, Shehzad 9*)

(0.5) SIX! It was not that full, but Shehzad danced down the wicket and took it on a full, lofted it to long-off for a big one.

(0.2) FOUR! over Sangakkara smashed it over long on

Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara are the openers for Multan Sultans, Imad Wasim takes the new ball.

Karachi Kings inning

Over 20 – Karachi Kings 188/3 (Ingram 29*, Bopara 4*)

(19.6) SIX! Perfect end to the inning, Ingram launched a full delivery from Sohail Tanvir down the ground.

Sohail Tanvir bowls the last over of the inning

Over 19 – Karachi Kings 177/3 (Ingram 22*, Bopara 1*)

(18.4) SIX! Fuller at off-stump, Ingram launched it straight to long-on region for a maximum.

(18.3) OUT! Short from Viljoen, Babar launched it to mid-wicket region, where Ahmed Shehzad grabbed a well-judged catch just inside the boundary. Babar played a marvellous inning of 58 runs on 39 deliveries.

(18.2) FOUR! Similar delivery, similar shot and same result, another four for Babar Azam.

(18.1) FOUR! Short-ish at off-stump, Babar drove it powerfully for four through covers.

Hardus Viljoen bowls

Over 18 – Karachi Kings 156/2 (Babar 50*, Ingram 17*)

(17.5) SIX! Pitched at middle and leg stump, it was slower, that moved away, he launched it over wide long-on for another massive one.

(17.4) SIX! Pollard gave a freebie to Ingram on his pads, it was slower in pace, with the fine-leg in, he just flicked it away for maximum.

Kieron Pollard continues

Colin Ingram is the new batsman.

Over 17 – Karachi Kings 139/2 (Babar 43*)

(16.6) OUT! Shorter and Slower from Viljoen, he pulled it well but could not time it perfectly and found Imran Tahir at deep fine-leg. He scored 78 runs off 55 balls.

(16.4) FOUR! Gift from Viljoen, fast full-toss at Babar’s pads, he just helped it away to fine-leg for another boundary.

(16.1) FOUR! Short-ish outside off, Babar threw his bat at it, a boundary over point.

Hardus Viljoen bowls

Over 16 – Karachi Kings 128/1 (Denly 78*, Babar 38*)

Kieron Pollard into the attack

Over 15 – Karachi Kings 121/1 (Denly 77*, Babar 32*)

(14.6) FOUR! It is a leg-bye, poor delivery from Junaid.

(14.5) FOUR! Denly looked to go over mid-wicket, but managed an inside edge.

(14.3) FOUR! Babar just used Junaid Khan’s pacer, short-ish at off-stump, he crafted it through the gully region for a boundary.

Junaid Khan comes back into the attack

Over 14 – Karachi Kings 106/1 (Denly 71*, Babar 26*)

(13.1) SIX! Flighted from Tahir, Babar came down the wicket and lofted it powerfully down the wicket for a mighty one.

Imran Tahir continues

Over 13 – Karachi Kings 95/1 (Denly 70*, Babar 17*)

(12.6) FOUR! Full from Viljoen, he caressed the breakthrough point for another four.

(12.4) FOUR! Full outside off, Denly looked to reach, he managed an under edge that went racing to third-man beating Sangakkara behind the stumps for another boundary.

Hardus Viljoen continues

Over 12 – Karachi Kings 85/1 (Denly 60*, Babar 17*)

(11.2) FOUR! Shorter from Irfan, he cut it through point for a glorious boundary.

Mohammad Irfan comes on to bowl.

Over 11 – Karachi Kings 76/1 (Denly 58*, Babar 10*)

(10.4) SIX! Short at almost the middle stump, Denly walked down the wicket and backed away a bit to make some room and deposited in the stands in front of square-leg.

Hardus Viljoen into the attack

Over 10 – Karachi Kings 68/1 (Denly 51*, Babar 9*)

(9.2) FOUR! Different length, but the same result, beautiful shot from Denly to wide of long-on for another boundary.

(9.1) FOUR! Tahir drops it short, Denly rocked back and struck it in the gap at mid-wicket.

Imran Tahir continues

Over 9 – Karachi Kings 56/1 (Denly 41*, Babar 7*)

(8.5) SIX! Full from Junaid Khan around the stumps, Denly walked down the wicket and lofted it straight for a flat six.

(8.3) FOUR! Misfield from Shoaib Malik, it was a shorter one from Junaid, Denly backed away and played it towards cover, where Malik missed a simple ball coming towards him.

Junaid Khan continues

Over 8 – Karachi Kings 43/1 (Denly 29*, Babar 6*)

Imran Tahir into the attack

Over 7 – Karachi Kings 39/1 (Denly 27*, Babar 4*)

(6.6) FOUR! It was short from Junaid, he backed away and smashed it over point for a boundary.

Junaid Khan comes into the attack for the first time today.

Over 6 – Karachi Kings 32/1 (Denly 22*, Babar 2*)

Mohammad Irfan continues

Over 5 – Karachi Kings 30/1 (Denly 21*, Babar 1*)

(4.5) FOUR! Denly absolutely dismissed it from his presence, short from Tanvir, he smashed it in front of the square leg, it travelled like a tracer bullet to the boundary.

Sohail Tanvir continues

Over 4 – Karachi Kings 22/1 (Denly 15*, Babar 0*)

Babar Azam is the new batsman.

(3.4) OUT! Lendl Simmons was struggling in the middle, to release some pressure he looked to take on the tall Irfan, but a good length delivery from him had the extra bounce that did the trick, he looked to smash it out of the park but only managed a top-edge. He scored 4 runs off 13 deliveries.

Mohammad Irfan continues

Over 3 – Karachi Kings 19/0 (Simmons 3*, Denly 14*)

(2.3) FOUR! Sohail Tanvir gets on Denly’s pads, it was an easy picking for the right-handed batsman, he just tickled it for a boundary at fine-leg.

Sohail Tanvir continues

Over 2 – Karachi Kings 9/0 (Simmons 2*, Denly 7*)

(1.5) FOUR! Short at off stump, he pulled it over mid-wicket for the first boundary of the match.

Mohammad Irfan bowls

Over 1 – Karachi Kings 1/0 (Simmons 0*, Denly 0*)

Joe Denly and Lendl Simmons are to open the inning for Karachi Kings, Sohail Tanvir bowls the new ball.

Team line-ups

Lendl Simmons joins Karachi Kings team.

Karachi Kings: Lendl Simmons, Joe Denly, Colin Ingram, Babar Azam, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Irfan Jr.

Multan Sultans: Ahmed Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Hardus Viljoen, Junaid Khan, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan

TOSS

Shoaib Malik won the toss and elected to bowl first against Karachi Kings.

The table toppers during the first leg of Pakistan Super League 2018, Karachi Kings lost two consecutive matches and lost their domination at the points table. However, they will be looking to get their winning momentum back against arguably the most inspiring side of the team tournament, Multan Sultans.

Karachi Kings will be hoping their batting line to fire. Their bowling line has been impressive in the likes of Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Shahid Afridi and Imad Wasim. Whereas, they batting has not been their strength so far.

On the other hand, Multan Sultans have a strong top-heavy batting line with Ahmed Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik featuring the top four numbers in the batting order.

The contest between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans is likely to be a fight between Karachi Kings’ bowling against Multan Sultans’ batting.

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