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Karachi Kings overcome Shahid Afridi brilliance to win by nine runs

Shahid Afridi's 54-run knock off 28 deliveries went in vain
Shahid Afridi's 54-run knock off 28 deliveries went in vain
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Shoaib Malik led from the front with an unbeaten fifty
Shoaib Malik led from the front with an unbeaten fifty
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Karachi Kings 174-4 (Malik 51no) beat
Peshawar Zalmi 165 (Afridi 54) by nine runs
13th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

Usama Mir bowled a brilliant final over including the key wicket of Shahid Afridi as Karachi Kings held their nerve to a nine-run win over Peshawar Zalmi in the 13th match of Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

Earlier it was Darren Sammy led Peshawar Zalmi that won the toss and opted to field first. Babar Azam (46) smashed six boundaries and a six in the first five overs as Karachi Kings ended the powerplay strong at 47 for naught.

Kumar Sangakkara (28) on the other hand plundered three consecutive boundaries in the seventh over to kick start his innings. The duo added 72 runs for the first wicket before Shakib Al Hasan (1-14) had Azam caught at long on.

Chris Gayle (11) came to bat at three but ended with another failure as he and Sangakkara were removed in successive overs bowled by Iftikhar Ahmed (2-8).

A 20-ball cameo from Ravi Bopara (30) and a blistering unbeaten half-century from Shoaib Malik (51 not out) ensured Karachi Kings ended their innings at 174 for four.

After a quiet first two overs in the chase where Peshawar Zalmi scored just 11 runs, Tamim Iqbal (16) and Kamran Akmal (14) plundered 16 runs in the third over to take the total to 27 for naught.

Sohail Khan (3-28) turned things around in the fourth over when he removed both the openers and in the next over Imad Wasim (1-24) had Iftikhar Ahmed (1) caught behind.

Sohail continued to apply pressure with a maiden sixth over and the pressure got the better of Eoin Morgan (3), who holed out to long on off Malik (1-6).

The wickets continued to tumble for the Zalmis as Usman Khan (3-32) struck in consecutive overs to send Shakib (18) and Sohaib Maqsood (5) packing to leave them reeling at 69 for six.

Afridi (54) along with skipper Sammy (34) added a vital 70-run stand for the seventh wicket which came off just 39 deliveries to bring Peshawar back into contention.

But Sohail returned back in the 18th over to get rid of Sammy and in the final two overs, Peshawar Zalmi needed 35 runs.

The penultimate over saw Afridi scoring a boundary while Hasan Ali (10) plundering a six and a four to bring down the target to 18 runs off the final over bowled by Mir (2-28).

Afridi completed a 27-ball fifty with a six in the third ball of the over but Mir had him caught at deep square leg in the next delivery and also had Hasan dismissed to secure a nine-run win for Karachi Kings.

Malik was awarded the player of the match for his unbeaten half-century earlier in the game.

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