Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars to end winless streak


Karachi Kings finally got their first win in the ongoing Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) seventh edition after they defeated Lahore Qalandars by 22 runs on Friday

Chasing a 150-run target in match 26 of PSL 7, the Qalandars could just make 127 for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs, with the most being scored by Mohammad Hafeez (33).

This was Karachi Kings’ first victory in the ongoing tournament after they suffered eight consecutive losses — most by any team in a single edition.

Earlier, after being invited to field first, the Qalandars bowled out Kings for 149 runs in 19.5 over, courtesy of four wickets each from star leggie Rashid Khan and young pacer Zaman Khan.

Karachi didn’t get a good start to their innings as opener Joe Clarke was removed with 12 runs on the board.

Twelve runs later Sharjeel Khan also followed him when Shaheen Shah got him lbw, while Babar Azam tried to hold the innings together.

Qasim Akram scored 26 runs in 18 balls, while Babar was once again removed by Rashid Khan for 39 runs on the first ball of the 11th over as he got him stumped to the outside the off-stump delivery.

Mohammad Nabi and Imad Wasim failed to play a huge knock getting out for eight runs each, while Lewis Gregory’s 28 runs helped Kings reach a total which they can at least try to defend break their losing streak.

In terms of bowling, the young pacer Zaman Khan continued to show his skills as he picked four wickets for giving away 16 in 3.5 overs. Rashid Khan took four for 17 in four overs and was once again on-target with his line and length. Shaheen was also good with the new ball as he took one scalp.


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