In order to make a return in Pakistan Super League season 8, Karachi Kings launched a vicious spin assault on Sunday, defeating table-toppers Multan Sultans by a score of 66 runs. Before spinners wreaked havoc on the visitors’ batting order to dismiss Sultans for a pitiful 101, Tayyab Tahir scored a superb fifty on his debut to help the Karachi Kings reach a manageable 168-run total.
Imad Wasim, the captain, and the seasoned Shoaib Malik both took two wickets to further tighten their team’s control of the game. Tabraiz Shamsi and Shoaib Malik combined for six wickets. In his first game of the year, wrist spinner Shamsi showed what he is capable of as he went through the middle order of the Sultans, taking the vital wickets of David Miller, Khishdil Shah, and Usama Mir.
Karachi Kings Avenge Sultans in 2nd PSL
The Sultans’ two stalwarts in the batting order, Rillee Rossouw and Mohammad Rizwan were upset by 42-year-old Malik, who also removed Abbas Afridi to finish off the Sultans. Before to that, Tahir scored 65 runs off 46 balls and put up a tenacious 107-run stand with Matthew Wade to help the Karachi Kings reach 167/3 in their 20 overs of batting.
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Wade, on the other hand, solidly maintained the crease with a 47-ball 46 to anchor the innings alongside Tahir after dangerman James Vince was dismissed early after hitting 27 from 12 balls off Anwar Ali in the fourth over. Tahir’s first PSL innings included eight brilliant boundaries and a maximum, and he helped the Karachi Kings reach 141 in the 17th over when Ihsanullah caught him lbw.
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Wade quickly followed suit and, while trying his famous shot on his subsequent over but entirely missing the ball, succumbed to the right arm fast. In order to regain some of the momenta that had moved in the favour of the Sultans in the last five overs of the first innings, captain Imad played a wonderful cameo of 14 from 6 balls and squeezed 12 from the final 4 balls of the innings.
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In response, Sultans got off to a strong start with openers Shan Masood and Rizwan scoring 41 runs before seamer Akif Javed dismissed the former on 25 to give the home team their first wicket in the fifth over. After the first dismissal, Multan lost control of the chase since none of their batters reached the 30s. Rizwan led the team in scoring with a shaky 29 from 25 balls until Malik removed him with a brilliant point catch from Tahir in the 11th over.
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The Sultans’ hitters looked helpless against an unstoppable Karachi Kings‘ bowling assault following Rizwan’s removal, and the visitors were eventually bowled out for a meager 101 in the 17th over after some brief response from Usama Mir (10) and Anwar Ali (12). In his first PSL game, South African spinner Shamsi won player of the match honors for his spectacular display with the ball.
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