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PSL 9 Match 29 Summary | Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings

PSL 9 Match 29 Summary | Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings

The 29th match of PSL 9 witnessed a nerve-wracking contest between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi. After electing to bat first, Zalmi managed to post a modest total of 147 runs. However, their bowlers displayed exceptional grit to defend the score, edging out Kings by a mere two runs in a low-scoring thriller.

Zalmi’s Bumpy Ride -Starts Well, Stumbles Mid-Innings

Zalmi’s innings began brightly, with openers Babar Azam and Saim Ayub stitching together a crucial 54-run partnership. Azam, the star batsman, continued his excellent touch, scoring a well-compiled fifty (51 runs off 46 balls). However, the middle order faltered,  with wickets falling at regular intervals. That restricted Zalmi to adding only 43 runs in their last five overs. Rovman Powell (30 runs off 18 balls) and Aamir (8 runs off 7 balls) provided some late impetus, taking the total to a below-par 147 for 6 wickets.

Karachi Kings’ Fightback – Openers Shine, Middle Order Falters

Chasing a modest target, Karachi Kings started positively with their openers, James Vince and Tim Seifert, putting on a 61-run stand. Seifert, the aggressor, played a crucial knock of 41 runs. However, just like Zalmi, the Kings’ middle order couldn’t capitalize on the solid start. Wickets fell consistently, putting the brakes on their chase.

Shoaib Malik and Irfan Khan Briefly Revive Hopes

A crucial 49-run partnership between Shoaib Malik (22 runs off 25 balls) and Mohammad Irfan Khan (39 runs not out off 26 balls) rekindled Karachi’s hopes. They brought the required run rate down to a manageable level, leaving the Kings needing 17 runs in the final over.

Zalmi’s Bowling Heroics – Nerve-wracking Final Over Seals the Win

Naveen-ul-Haq and Luke Wood bowled exceptionally well in the death overs, applying pressure and restricting the flow of runs. Aamir, entrusted with the responsibility of defending 17 runs in the final over, showed nerves of steel. Despite conceding 13 runs off the first five balls, he held his composure and bowled a tight yorker on the last delivery. Irfan Khan, needing four runs for victory, could only manage a single, handing a dramatic two-run win to Zalmi.

Key Takeaways and Player of the Match

  • This match witnessed the lowest total successfully defended in PSL history at Karachi.
  • Arafat Minhas, a debutant for Karachi, impressed with his economical spell, conceding only 11 runs in his four overs.
  • Babar Azam’s fifty and Naveen-ul-Haq’s two wickets were crucial contributions for Zalmi.

Babar Azam was rightfully declared the Player of the Match for his anchoring knock under pressure.

This match served as a testament to the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. Despite posting a low score, Zalmi’s bowlers displayed exceptional fighting spirit to defend it. The narrow two-run margin highlights the importance of each wicket and delivery in such close contests.

Looking Ahead – More PSL Thrills to Come

The excitement in PSL 9 continues as Multan Sultans lock horns with Quetta Gladiators in the next encounter. With several high-profile players and passionate fan bases involved, the tournament promises more nail-biting finishes and exceptional displays of cricketing talent.