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Denly, Azam bring Karachi back to winning ways

Babar Azam scored 58 runs for Karachi Kings
Babar Azam scored 58 runs for Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings 188-3 (Denly 78) beat
Multan Sultans 125 (Afridi 3-18) by 63 runs
22nd game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Joe Denly and Babar Azam slammed half-centuries as Karachi Kings returned back to winning ways with 63 run triumph over Multan Sultans in the 22nd game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Multan Sultans won the toss and decided to bowl first. Denly (78) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped by Ahmed Shehzad in the second over but Multan managed to remove Lendl Simmons (4) after his 13-ball vigil with Mohammad Irfan (1-21) being the wicket-taker.

Karachi had a moderate powerplay of 32 for one and by the eighth over, they had just 43 on the board. Denly decided to up the ante three boundaries and a six in the next two overs to complete a 33-ball fifty and singlehandedly help them cross the 100-run mark in the 14th over.

Azam (58) too joined the onslaught with three boundaries and a six with his fifty coming in 35 deliveries. Even though Hardus Viljoen (2-49) managed to remove both the set batsmen in quick succession, Colin Ingram (29 not out) hit four sixes in eight deliveries to lift the score to 188 for three in the 20 overs.

Multan never looked comfortable in the chase with only Shehzad (24) and Sohail Tanvir (34 not out) crossing the 20-run mark as they were bowled out for 125 in 19.4 overs.

Shahid Afridi (3-18) and Mohammad Irfan (2-18) were the pick of the Karachi bowlers. Afridi's bowling heroics saw him claim the man of the match as Karachi move to third in the table with Multan slipping to fourth.

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