PSL 2019

PSL 2019 Match 30: Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings (Post-Match)

PSL 2019 Match 30: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Post Match

 

In the 30th match of PSL – Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings, Kamran and Imam put up a century stand as Peshawar’s pace bowling attack proves too hot to handle for the Kings.

Match Report

This was the last match of the group phase in this year’s PSL. Both the teams, Peshawar and Karachi, had already qualified but Peshawar had the opportunity to top the group by winning this match.

1st Innings: The Dynamic Duo

Peshawar was asked to bat first and boy did they make the most of it. Having started off cautiously, both, Kamran and Imam, absolutely murdered the Karachi bowling line up. Kamran brought up their half-centuries as both the batsmen exhibited some classy batting.

Karachi bowlers fight back

The partnership of 137 runs was broken in the 13th over as Munro struck, bagging Akmal’s wicket. Akmal starred with 86 from just 48 balls, including a massive 15 boundaries. Pollard took the crease and hit Munro for two massive sixes off the first two balls he faced. He couldn’t get third time lucky as he miscued one to Ingram at long-off giving Munro his second of the over.

Imam, meanwhile, brought up his half-century and what a debut PSL he has been having.

However, after the opening partnership was broken, Peshawar’s middle and lower middle order just couldn’t cope up with Karachi’s bowling. Dawson (9) was the next in line, bowled by Amir. Amir got Imam (59) in the very same over, Imam just helping the ball onto his stumps after looking to nudge it down to the third man.

Sammy (5), Sohaib (12) and Wahab (11) also couldn’t get going as the Karachi bowlers did very well in the last ten overs but it was a tad too late as Peshawar had already put 203/7 on the board. Amir was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 24 in his 4.

2nd Innings: Peshawar on top despite Ingram’s heroics

The Zalmi bowlers have a knack of picking up wickets in the first over.

Hassan Ali got Munro trapped in front for naught as Peshawar got off to a flyer. The Hawkeye showed it to be going down leg but it was since too late. Babar Azam (13) fell in the next over to Gul when he chipped one to mid-off.

Peshawar continued to pick wickets with Livingstone (6) as their next victim. Failing to pick Mills’ slower ball, he chipped it straight to Pollard. Ingram would have followed similar fate but he was dropped as he went on to smash the Zalmi bowlers for plenty. He looked the only threat but never got any support from the other end. Dunk (6) and Iftikhar (4) fell in quick succession as Ingram sent balls flying out of the park from the other end, bring up his half-century as well.

Imad Wasim chipped in with a late cameo but any hopes of a dramatic comeback were soon put to bed as Ingram fell to Mills. He scored a magnificent 71 off just 37, including 11 boundaries, as Karachi’s hopes went with him. Imad faltered for 30 to Hasan Ali and Karachi couldn’t cope up with the sheer pace of the Zalmi bowlers as the tail faltered. The kings could only manage a score of 142 as they were bowled out in just 16 overs. Hasan Ali stood out with figures of 3 for 15 in his 3 overs as Sameen, Mills and Wahab got 2 wickets each.

The business part of the Tournament is here

With both the teams already qualified, this was more of a dead rubber match. However, with the victory, Peshawar goes top of the group as Karachi finish 4th and with the qualifiers coming up, it’s all to play for, for both of these teams.

Moment of the Match

The moment of the match, despite the brutal opening partnership of Akmal and Imam, setting the tone for Peshawar’s victory, has to be Munro’s dismissal which was a not out as showed by the Hawkeye and proved vital in the run chase.

Man of the Match

Kamran Akmal got the man of the match award for his superb inning.

Up Next

Up next, we have:

Qualifier 1: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators. (The winner qualifies for the final)

Eliminator 1: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings.

Eliminator 2: Loser of Qualifier 1 (TBA) vs Winner of Eliminator 1 (TBA).

Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 (TBA) vs Winner of Eliminator 2 (TBA).

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