All-round Bopara batters Lahore Qalandars
Karachi Kings 178-5 (Bopara 71no) beat
Lahore Qalandars 151-8 (Bopara 6-16) by 27 runs
12th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
Ravi Bopara scored an unbeaten 71 with the bat and followed it with an unbelievable six-wicket haul from his four overs to take Karachi Kings to a 27-run victory against the Lahore Qalandars in the 12th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.
Bopara (71 not out) was promoted to number four after the openers Nauman Anwar (35) and Shoaib Malik (27) gave the team a steady start.
After a 33-run stand for the third wicket between Bopara and Malik, Karachi Kings lost two quick wickets including that of Shakib Al Hasan (9).
With the score reading at 111 for four from 15 overs, Bopara went on a rampage reaching his fifty off 36 deliveries and further smashed Dwayne Bravo (0-47) for 20 runs in the penultimate over.
After scoring 67 runs in the final five overs, Karachi Kings went on to post 178 for five in their 20 overs.
Zafar Gohar (2-26) and Zohaib Khan (2-35) managed to escape the Bopara onslaught and were the pick of the Lahore Qalandars bowlers.
In the chase, Chris Gayle (37) finally managed to get going in the tournament as he and Cameron Delport took the Lahore Qalandars to 90 for naught after 10 overs.
Delport reached his fifty off 27 deliveries but fell in the same over to Usama Mir (1-33). What followed it was completely a Bopara (6-16) show as he announced his arrival with the ball by dismissing Gayle and Dwayne Bravo (0) in the 12th over.
Lahore Qalandars needed 59 runs from the final five overs and Bopara sealed the game for the Karachi Kings with three wickets in the 16th over to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan (12), Hammad Azam (0) and Naved Yasin (0) and completed his five-wicket haul.
The Lahore Qalandars eventually fell short of the target by 29 runs and without any surprise Bopara was named the man of the match.
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