HBL PSL 8: Karachi Kings crush Lahore Qalandars by 67 runs
Karachi Kings steamrolled Lahore Qalandars to record their biggest win in the HBL Pakistan Super League history – by 67 runs – at the National Bank Cricket Arena on Sunday evening.
Chasing an imposing 186, Lahore Qalandars, playing their second match after defeating Multan Sultans in the opener, were all out for 118 in 17.3 overs. This is Karachi Kings’ first win in four matches this edition.
Karachi Kings 185/5 (20 ov)
Lahore Qalandars 118/10 (17.3 ov)
Karachi Kings won by 67 runs.
Karachi Kings’ decision to open with overseas openers in Matthew Wade and James Vince paid dividends as the pair posted the side’s highest Powerplay score of this edition – 61 for none. Wade and Vince had set a perfect platform for their side to post a towering total before their 71-run partnership came to a halt because of a run out at the start of the eighth over with Wade falling short in his bid to take the second run. The Australian wicketkeeper-batter made 36 off 24.
A 32-run partnership between Vince and Haider Ali (18 off 16) followed that denied the visiting bowlers further inroads. A flurry of wickets reduced Karachi Kings to 124 for four from 102 for one with Haider, Shoaib Malik (10 off seven) and Vince (46 off 36) walking back to the pavilion.
Lahore Qalandars, however, failed to make the most of this turnaround and Imad Wasim, the Karachi Kings skipper, once again displayed the explosive side of his batsmanship with a splendid 35 not out off 19, studded with two sixes and as many fours. He was duly supported by Ben Cutting, 20 off 19, as the pair added 52 off 35 and lifted the home side to 185 for five.
Lahore Qalandars had a decent beginning to the run chase with Fakhar Zaman and Mirza Tahir Baig racing their side to 40, before the former was bowled by Aamer Yamin at 4.2 overs mark. Muhammad Irfan Khan took a marvellous catch at backward point in the next over off Mohammad Amir to restrict Shai Hope’s stay to just two balls, off which he scored one, as the problems now compounded for the Qalandars.
A 41-run partnership between Tahir and Kamran Ghulam (23 off 22) followed, but the pair failed to keep up with the scoring rate. One after the other, both batters were sent back to the pavilion by Akif Javed in the 13th over and when Kamran, the last of the two, was caught, Lahore Qalandars required 99 off only 44.
That proved to be the turning point of the match and from there on, no Lahore Qalandars batter could put up resistance. Akif finished with four for 28. Aamer and Cutting took two wickets each.
Lahore has a chance to avenge the defeat when the two teams meet in Lahore on 12 March – the last match of the league stage.
Karachi Kings Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Matthew Wade - 7.1 ov), 2-102 (Haider Ali - 11.1 ov), 3-120 (Shoaib Malik - 12.6 ov), 4-124 (James Vince - 13.2 ov), 5-176 (Ben Cutting - 19.1 ov)
Lahore Qalandars Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Shai Hope - 5.3 ov), 2-86 (Tahir Baig - 12.2 ov), 3-87 (Kamran Ghulam - 12.4 ov), 4-91 (Hussain Talat - 13.5 ov), 5-106 (David Wiese - 15.6 ov), 6-118 (Sikandar Raza - 16.5 ov), 7-118 (Shaheen Afridi - 16.6 ov), 8-118 (Liam Dawson - 17.1 ov), 9-118 (Fakhar Zaman - 17.3 ov)
Karachi Kings: James Vince, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Khan, Matthew Wade(WK), Imad Wasim(C), Ben Cutting, Akif Javed, Mohammad Amir, Imran Tahir, Aamer Yamin
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Tahir Baig, Shai Hope(WK), Kamran Ghulam, Sikandar Raza, Hussain Talat, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Shaheen Afridi(C), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2023 14:00
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Toss: Lahore Qalandars won the toss & elected to field
Officials Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) Alex Wharf (England) Ruchira Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka TV)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
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