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Lahore Qalandars seal emphatic win in Super Over

Sunil Narine bowled a terrific Super Over
Sunil Narine bowled a terrific Super Over

Lahore Qalandars 163-8 (Salman 50) beat
Karachi Kings 163-5 (Azam 61) by Super Over
24th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Sunil Narine bowled a terrific Super Over in which Lahore Qalandars defended 12 runs and sealed a thrilling victory over Karachi Kings in the 24th game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

This is the second game that has been decided by Super Over this season and the first time Lahore Qalandars have won back to back games in the history of PSL.

Fakhar Zaman and Brendon McCullum batted first in the Super Over against Mohammad Amir and in the first delivery, the former was run out. McCullum managed just one boundary in it as Lahore Qalandars set a target of 12 for Karachi to achieve in the Super Over.

In response, Lendl Simmons and Colin Ingram struggled to read Narine and with 10 needed off the final delivery, Shahid Afridi smashed a six but only for his Karachi to end on the losing side.

Earlier, it was fifties from Simmons (55) and Babar Azam (61) played a pivotal role in Karachi posting 163 for five in the 20 overs. Sohail Khan (3-34) played a pivotal role in not allowing Karachi to build on the 72 run stand for the second wicket.

Anton Devcich (24) gave a quick start for Lahore in the chase of 164 but Zaman (28) and Asgha Salman (50) were going at a strike-rate of close to 100 that put pressure on the middle order and the fact that McCullum (15) too struggled to get going, it looked like Lahore were on their way for another defeat.

However, Sohail Akhtar (15 not out) hit a six and a four in the final over to ease the pressure and when three runs were needed off the final delivery, Usman Khan (2-37) bowled a no ball that was taken at long on but the batsmen had failed to complete the run leaving Lahore two runs needed off the final delivery.

Akthar managed just a single in the final delivery with his partner Gulraiz Sadaf (2) run out at the non striker end looking for the second run leading the game into the Super Over.

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