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Morgan helps Peshawar Zalmi bounce back with convincing seven-wicket win

Eoin Morgan scored unbeaten 80 off 57 deliveries
Eoin Morgan scored unbeaten 80 off 57 deliveries
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Peshawar Zalmi 119-3 (Morgan 80no) beat
Karachi Kings 118-7 (Malik 44) by seven wickets
Third match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

After Mohammad Hafeez led bowling attack restricted Karachi Kings to 118 for seven, Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 80 to complete the chase in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand for Peshawar Zalmi in the third match of Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and opted to field first. Mohammad Hafeez (2-7) struck in his first two overs to remove Shahzaib Hasan (0) and Chris Gayle (2) early while Babar Azam (1) and Kumar Sangakkara (5) too failed as Karachi ended the powerplay at 28 for four.

Consolidation from Ravi Bopara (33) and Shoaib Malik (44) helped them reach 70 for four by the 15th over. The 59-run ended when Bopara holed out to long off but Kieron Pollard (27 not out) struck two sixes in the 16th over to inject some momentum.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, a 14-ball cameo from Pollard helped them post 118 for seven in the 20 overs. Hafeez and Wahab Riaz (2-23) picked two wickets apiece for Peshawar Zalmi.

In the chase, Mohammad Amir (1-22) got the better of Hafeez (0) yet again and started with a maiden wicket first over while Sohail Khan (1-20) had Kamran Akmal (0) chip one to mid on. Peshawar Zalmi were two for two at that stage.

Dawid Malan (22) tried to consolidate the innings but any hopes of Karachi Kings making a comeback was completely shut by Morgan (80 not out) with his unbeaten 57-ball knock which had eight boundaries and three sixes.

The eventually completed the chase in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand and Morgan was chosen as player of the match.

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