Babar Azam’s 85 wasn’t enough for Karachi kings as the Multan Sultans beat KArachi kings by 12 runs.
Inspite of Babar’s efforts of 85* off 63 and Chadwick Walton’s contribution of (35 off 23), Karachi Kings could not go past their win and lose sequence of this season, managing their third defeat in six games. Sultans, who went into this match with just one win off five matches, scored 176/5 by a display of batting performances, before the bowlers did their job to ensure the victory.
Azam made a slow start to the chase, taking as many as nine balls before scoring his first run as Karachi Kings started struggling at the beginning. That was further added fuel to the fire by the runout at the non-striker’s end. Babar’s straight drive off Imran Khan crashed onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end after touching the bowler’s finger, and caught Sharjeel Khan well short of his crease.
Azam batting in the middle-overs in the company of the experienced Martin Guptill was expected to give the chase a bit of fire power, but Guptill’s wicket in the 10th over (for 11 off 16) and Zadran’s wicket in the 12th (for 11 off 6) left the team well behind.
Babar’s slow knock
Azam brought up one of his slowest half century in 48 balls in the 14th over as Karachi Kings moved to 92 for 3, leaving the Kings to chase 85 off the last 6 overs. Azam-Chadwick Walton partnership steadily was making some important runs in the middle overs.
The pair were dealing in sixes and twos to keep up wit the RRR. Despite those efforts they were still chasing 50 off the 18 deliveries, which was taken down to 36 off 12 balls. Azam began the penultimate over with a six and a four, but Sohail Khan made a brilliant comeback in the 19th over to give away just three more runs and also dismissed Walton. Imran Khan then picked three wickets to deny Azam an opportunity to score 23 off the last over and snatch the game away from under their noses.
Multan Sultans 176/5 in 20 overs (Khushdil Shah 44*, Rilee Rossouw 44; Thisara Perera 2-12) beat Karachi Kings 164/7 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 85*, Chadwick Walton 35; Imran Khan 3-28) by 12 runs.