Another Bopara knock goes in vain as Peshawar steal last ball win
Peshawar Zalmi 182-4 (Hafeez 59) beat
Karachi Kings 179-9 (Bopara 67) by three runs
10th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
Ravi Bopara's blistering knock of 67 went in vain as Peshawar Zalmi managed to edge out the Karachi Kings by just three runs while defending a total of 182 runs in the 10th match of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.
Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and decided to bat first. Mohammad Hafeez (59) started the innings briskly with six fours and a six in the powerplay to take Peshawar Zalmi to 48 for naught.
Hafeez continued his onslaught as he reached his fifty off 29 deliveries while Tamim Iqbal (37) was cautious in his approach at the other end.
However, it was the golden arm of Bopara (2-31) who once again brought Karachi Kings into the game dismissing both the openers in his successive overs. The Zalmis reached 126 for two in 15 overs.
Cameos from Darren Sammy (18 not out) and Shahid Afridi (17 not out) pushed Peshawar Zalmi to 182 for four in the 20 overs.
Chasing over nine per over, Karachi Kings lost three wickets in the final two overs of the powerplay and found themselves in trouble at 33 for three.
The innings sunk further for the Karachi Kings as they lost Shoaib Malik (8) and Shakib Al Hasan (1) in successive overs with the score reading 49 for five at the end of ninth over.
James Vince (44) propelled the Karachi innings at one end and along with Bopara (67), he added 61 runs for the sixth wicket.
Shaun Tait (1-45) returned back in the 15th over to castle Vince and Karachi Kings needed 72 runs from the final five overs.
That's when Bopara and Sohail Tanvir (23) smashed six fours and three sixes including a 26-run 18th over from Tait to bring down the target to 22 runs from final 12 deliveries.
After failing to connect three deliveries, Tanvir managed a six in the fifth ball of the penultimate over.
Bopara managed to score eight runs in the first two deliveries, but holed out to long-on in the third delivery from Darren Sammy (1-9) as Karachi Kings fell short of the target by four runs.
Hafeez was awarded the man of the match for his fifty which set the game for the Zalmis.
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