Karachi Kings did not have the most ideal start to PSL 2017 as they could only manage 118/7 runs against Peshawar Zalmi in a game played in Dubai on Friday.
Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision proved to fruitful for the Men in Yellow as they took four early wickets of Karachi Kings.
Mohammad Hafeez opened the bowling for Zalmis and got rid of dangerous Shahzeb Hasan on the third delivery of his first over.
Babar Azam, the emerging star of Pakistan, also failed with the bat as he became victim of Darren Sammy’s breathtaking catch in the slip cordon. The experienced duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Gayle also could not show much of fight and made 5 and 2 runs respectively.
The Kings were in deep trouble at 12/4 when Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara anchored the inning. Slowly and gradually they kept scoring and contributed 59 runs together.
When they came to a position from where they could push the scoring rate up, Ravi Bopara lost his wicket while trying to go after Mohammad Asghar. He scored 33 runs on 40 balls.
Keiron Pollard looked dangerous from the word go as he started off the proceeding with a six off Asghar.
Former Karachi Kings’ skipper, Shoaib Malik had a 24 runs partnership with the West Indian allrounder before edging Wahab Riaz to Kamran Akmal at an individual score of 44 runs off 36 balls with the help of three 4’s and a six.
Imad Wasim replaced Malik. but did not bother scorers and got out on a duck. Mohammad Amir came to crease but Pollard took the charge of scoring. He struck 27 runs off 14 balls with two 4’s and two 6’s in his inning.
With the courtesy of Pollard’s cameo and Malik-Bopara partnership, Karachi Kings reached 118 runs in their quota of 20 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz took two wickets each, whereas, Chris Jordan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Asghar struck once in the inning.