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Brad Hodge blitz boosts Peshawar Zalmi to top of table

Brad Hodge blitz boosts Peshawar Zalmi to top of table
Brad Hodge scored unbeaten 85 off just 45 deliveries.
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Peshawar Zalmi 158-5 (Hodge 85no) beat
Karachi Kings 152-7 (Simmons 49) by five wickets
19th Match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai
Scorecard

A blistering knock of 85 runs from just 45 balls from Brad Hodge gave Peshawar Zalmi a five-wicket win against Karachi Kings in the 19th match of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai and also took the team to the pole position of the points table.

Karachi Kings won the toss and opted to bat first in a must win game. Lendl Simmons (49) and Shahzaib Hasan (18) got Karachi off to a decent start with an opening stand of 41 runs.

By the end of the powerplay, Karachi posted 42 for one. A tight over from Shahid Afridi (1-27) added pressure and Peshawar reaped the rewards in the next over as Riki Wessels (3) was run out responding to a call of two runs from Simmons.

Simmons struck two sixes and two fours in the next three overs but was castled by Afridi in the 11th over one run short of his fifty.  

Two overs later, Shoaib Malik (15) attempted to go big over fine leg but was caught in the deep off Aamer Yamin (1-21). Karachi Kings were 97 for four at the stage.

With wickets falling regularly in the remainder of the innings, Karachi Kings were restricted to 152 for seven in the 20 overs.

The second innings began under overcast conditions with a rain threat looming large. Peshawar Zalmi lost both their openers early and were restricted to 32 for two in the powerplay as a slight drizzle began at the ground.

Karachi kept the pressure and conceded just 25 runs in the next four overs leaving Peshawar to score 96 runs from the final 10 overs.

After losing Jim Allenby (31) and Afridi (5), Peshawar Zalmi only managed 69 runs in the 12 overs with four wickets down needing 83 runs off the final eight overs. 

Hodge (85 not out), who got himself off to a start struck three boundaries in the next two overs to ease the pressure.

The turning point in the match was the 16th over where Hodge plundered 23 runs off Usama Mir (1-47).

Kamran Akmal (8) was run out but Hodge continued to take the bowlers apart, hitting three more sixes in the next two overs.

With just one run needed for victory, Darren Sammy (11 not out) struck a massive six over midwicket to seal a five-wicket win.

Hodge was unbeaten on 85 after hitting six boundaries and as many sixes and picked the man of the match award for his superlative knock.  

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