Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings, In the first game of the Pakistan Super League 8 on Wednesday night at the Pindi Cricket Complex, Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings. As they were down three for two runs, it appeared unlikely that they would even win this game. But, a great comeback from the middle order and a methodical bowling performance allowed them to win by 24 runs.
When Mohammad Amir had destroyed the whole top-order in 2.2 overs, it was the courageous half-century by Haseebullah Khan, a PSL rookie, that gave the Peshawar Zalmi team hope that they might mount a comeback. By successfully building on the foundation that inning laid, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Rovman Powell helped Peshawar Zalmi reach 197 with their respective fifty-plus scores.
Powell, Haseeb, and Tom strike as Peshawar Zalmi outplays Karachi
Haseebullah played a key part in aiding Peshawar Zalmi’s comeback as the wicketkeeper from Pishin stitched 82 runs for the third wicket with Kohler-Cadmore. His brilliant 50 off 29 was laced with four fours and three sixes, two of which were scored off the same Imad Wasim over. Peshawar Zalmi had 84 runs on the board when Haseebullah was out in the 10th over against Tabraiz Shamsi.
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After that, Powell scored 64 off 34 with the aid of six fours and four sixes, with Kohler-Cadmore still contributing with a score of 56 not out of 45. Powell was named player of the game for his impressive performance as the foreign partnership scored 85 runs in total. Karachi’s performance in the run chase was subpar. Even though Matthew Wade made 53 off of 41 and stayed in the middle until the 12th over, the opener was unable to get assistance from the other end.
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In his first PSL encounter, Adam Rossington hit 15 off of eight before being dismissed by Azmatullah Omarzai in the fourth over. Omarzai claimed three wickets for 28 runs. After Wade was bowled by Mujeeb ur Rehman, Karachi was down 40 for one and had half of their batting lineup back in the pavilion for 95. Imad battled back, scoring 57 runs in 30 balls while hitting up to 10 fours and a six, but it was already too late for Karachi.
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With the quick dismissals of Aamer Yamin and Tabraiz Shamsi, Aamir Jamal concluded with three for 43. An Imad assault in the 18th over, during which he was beaten for five fours, made his numbers worse. Peshawar Zalmi has already defeated Karachi twice this season after losing to them in a nail-biting match by two runs earlier in the competition.
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