Amir, Imad heroics in vain as Zalmi beat Kings in PSL 8

Amir, Imad’s heroics were in vain as the Kings were supposed to chase a massive 198, but they fell 24 runs short since they could only muster 173/8 in their 20 overs, despite outstanding half-centuries from Imad Wasim and Matthew Wade. Wade and Adam Rossington, the Kings’ new opening duo, contributed 40 runs for the first wicket earlier in the run chase, giving them a good start. But, in his first over, Azmatullah Omarzai removed Rossington, who had quickly amassed 15 runs off only eight deliveries, undermining Kings’ promising start.

Amir, Imad’s heroics in vain

The Kings dropped to 95/5 in the 12th over when Rossington was dismissed, and Wade, who was clinging on with a valiant half-century, was also dismissed. Wade used nine boundaries to score 53 off 41 deliveries. After that, Kings captain Imad and Cutting made an effort to lead the run chase with a quick 17-run partnership, but Omarzai dismissed Cutting to give Zalmi control.

Imad heroics in vain as Zalmi beat Kings in PSL 8
Amir, Imad’s heroics in vain

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Cutting has a 15-ball scoring potential. The Kings then promptly lost two more wickets, dropping to 122/8 in the 16th over as a result. Imad, the captain of the Kings, battled bravely until the very end, but his team finished 24 runs short, negating the value of his efforts. Imad led the Kings in scoring with an undefeated 57 runs off only 30 pitches while slamming 10 boundaries and a six.

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With three wickets apiece, Aamer Jamal and Omarzai were the top two bowlers for the Zalmi, while Mujeeb Ur Rehman claimed two victims. When given the opportunity to bat first, Zalmi had a terrible start, losing three important wickets in the space of three overs: Mohammad Haris (0), Babar Azam (0), and Saim Ayub (1), thanks to a scorching opening delivery from Mohammad Amir.

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While their team was in serious difficulty, Haseebullah, a rookie wicketkeeper-batsman, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore formed a tough fourth-wicket combination and orchestrated an incredible comeback by scoring 82 runs. The main striker of the vital combination, Haseebullah, reached his half-century in only 27 balls, but Tabraiz Shamsi cut short his celebrations by getting him out in his second over, giving the Kings a much-needed breakthrough.

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The youthful left-handed hitter blasted four boundaries and three sixes while scoring 50 runs off of 29 pitches. Rovman Powell quickly calmed down after being dismissed, continued his team’s resurgence with clean hitting, and helped Zalmi to a high total with a 29-ball fifty. Powell led the Zalmi in scoring with a quick 34-ball 64 before being bowled out by Amir in the 19th over.

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During his amazing innings, he hit four sixes and six boundaries. In the meanwhile, Kohler-Cadmore maintained his composure in the face of Powell and Haseebullah’s aggressive strokes and went on to hit an anchoring 56-run knock in 45 deliveries, laced up with five boundaries and three sixes. Amir, a left-arm pacer, led the Kings’ bowling assault with 4/26, while Shamsi had a strikeout.

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