Karachi Kings defeated Lahore Qalandars by 27 runs in the 12th match of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Sharjah.
Karachi set a target of 178 runs for Lahore in 20 overs thanks to a spectacular performance by Ravi Bopara, who scored 71 runs from 43 deliveries.
Zohaib Khan and Zafar Gohar got two wickets a piece for Lahore, whereas Cooper claimed one wicket.
In return, Lahore Qalandars only managed a score of 151 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Even though openers Gayle and Delport were able to put up a good score initially, Bopara claimed six wickets later on in the match, leading Karachi to victory.
Man of the match is Ravi Bopara for his all-round performance: “Its nice to get a win today. I think I was just lucky, it was my day today. I really don’t know how I managed to claim six wickets on a Sharjah pitch.”
Dwayne Bravo: “It was tough luck for us today. Especially with the way Ravi bowled. You don’t get to see individual performances like that in a T20 match.”
Shoaib Malik: “Ravi clearly backed his credentials today and hats off to him and to the rest of the squad for getting the win against Lahore.”
LHR 151-8 (20 overs)
FOUR! Zohaib Khan slaps it towards leg side but Karachi Kings win the match by 27 runs. This is Karachi’s second victory in the tournament.
Sohail Tanvir to bowl the last over.
LHR 141-8 (19 overs)
FOUR! Cooper pushes it towards leg-side.
BOWLED! Zafar Gohar completely misses the ball. Zohaib Khan replaces Gohar.
LHR 134-7 (18 overs)
OUT! Umar Akmal tries to clear long-on boundary but it lands safely in the hands of the fielder. Zafar Gohar replaces Akmal.
FOUR! Cut stroke by Umar Akmal.
LHR 128-6 (17 overs)
Six from the over.
LHR 122-6 (16 overs)
OUT! Caught at covers. Naved Yasin departs as well. Kevon Cooper replaces Yasin.
OUT! LBW! Another one bites the dust on the very next delivery. Azam walks back. Naved Yasin replaces him.
OUT! BOWLED! Mohammad Rizwan departs. Hammad Azam replaces him.
LHR 120-3 (15 overs)
FOUR! Akmal pushes it towards long-leg boundary.
Umar Akmal tries to smash it out of the ground but Mir Hamza stops it on the boundary.
LHR 110-3 (14 overs)
Six runs from the over.
LHR 104-3 (13 overs)
Four runs from the over.
LHR 100-3 (12 overs)
OUT! Dwayne Bravo gets caught at cover region. Muhammad Rizwan replaces him.
OUT! Gayle edges it and the keeper takes a simple catch. Dwayne Bravo replaces him.
LHR 98-1 (11 overs)
STUMPED! Delport tries to get back into the crease in time but is unsuccessful. First wicket down for Lahore. Umar Akmal replaces him. Can Karachi capitalise on this chance?
Usama Mir welcomed with a SIX over his head by Delport. He gets his FIFTY as well.
LHR 90-0 (10 overs)
SIX! Give Gayle the award for the most flattest six over this shot. Sliced over midwicket. You can’t hit it much flatter.
SIX! With this pace, it was good of Delport and Gayle that they were not hitting him out of the ground. This time Delport times it sweetly over his head.
Left-arm medium pacer Mir Hamza comes on to bowl now. He is one of the emerging bowlers that Lahore had chosen.
LHR 73-0 (9 overs)
FOUR! That was a googly, it spun the other and Delport was bamboozled by it. He got the edge but that was a catch for the first slip. It runs down to the third man.
Usama Mir, the right-arm leggie, comes on to bowl now.
LHR 62-0 (8 overs)
FOUR! This time Delport goes straight.
FOUR! Short and pulled by Delport this time.
FOUR! Gayle switching gears now. He will be firing soon.
LHR 47-0 (7 overs)
Four runs off the over only.
Shoaib Malik in for his last over.
LHR 43-0 (6 overs)
FOUR! Delport finds the fine leg boundary.
Left-arm wrong foot bowler Sohail Tanvir has been given the ball now by Shoaib Malik. He desperately wants a wicket here.
LHR 38-0 (5 overs)
SIX! Two steps forward, Gayle counters the spin and goes over long-on. He is warming up for a big innings here.
FOUR! A straighter one by Malik and Delport goes straight too.
Shoaib Malik bowls his third over on the trot.
LHR 25-0 (4 overs)
FOUR! Delport marches forward and goes straight down the ground.
Sohail Khan into his second over.
LHR 16-0 (3 overs)
Malik into his second over. Gayle is quiet right now. Just getting his eye in at the moment.
LHR 13-0 (2 overs)
FOUR! Gayle connects and midwicket is the place.
FOUR! Edge and Gayle survives to find the boundary. Over the head of the slip at place.
Right-arm quickie Sohail Khan shares the new ball with Malik.
LHR 5-0 (1 over)
FOUR! Delport punches it and finds the cover boundary.
Two left-handers Chris Gayle and Cameron Delport open the chase for Lahore and Shoaib Malik brings himself on.
KHI 178-5 (20 overs)
Single off the last ball and a 179-run target is set for Lahore in this match.
FOUR! An upper cut by Mushfiq clears Gayle at short fine leg.
Two runs off the third ball followed by a single off an upper cut square through off.
FOUR! Ravi Bopara puts away a short ball past short fine leg.
Ehsan Adil in for the last over.
KHI 165-5 (19 overs)
SIX! Full-toss and Bopara sends it over midwicket.
SIX and FOUR! Bopara boasting his class here. He completed his FIFTY as well.
Bravo bowls the penultimate over.
KHI 145-5 (18 overs)
DROPPED! This time its Chris Gayle. Seems like Lahore players are taking turns for dropping catches today. Replay shows he missed his stepping at the end, was he trying to dance under it?
OUT! Imad Wasim caught deep midwicket. Delport catches it this time. He was frustrated by the last drop, this time he doesn’t disappoint himself.
KHI 139-4 (17 overs)
SIX! Delport puts it down at long-off and Zafar is devastated. It has been a day of drops.
SIX! Ravi Bopara clears long-off.
STUMPING APPEAL! Bopara pulls his back leg in again and survives again.
Zafar Gohar now. Lahore not giving any pace to Karachi to deal with.
KHI 122-4 (16 overs)
Imad Wasim survives an LBW chance. It was hitting the leg stump.
DROPPED and SIX! Hammad Azam spills one at deep midwicket.
KHI 111-4 (15 overs)
OUT! Shakib (9 off 9) goes for a slog sweep. He gave it all he had still couldn’t clear deep midwicket. Bravo takes the catch and runs forward in celebration. Good field placement by the stand-in captain.
KHI 105-3 (14 overs)
Nine runs off the over.
No-ball and a free-hit. Only a single taken.
Cameron Delport has been given the ball for some right-arm medium pacers.
KHI 96-3 (13 overs)
OUT! Malik tries to clear long-off and mistimes it. He walks back after scoring 27 off 25. Shakibal Hasan is the new man in.
Left-armer Zafar Gohar comes on to bowl after the strategic time out.
KHI 92-2 (12 overs)
DROPPED or just a CHANCE? Kevon goes with his right hand for the catch and puts it down. Not easy to take those in your follow up but such chances can change the course of the match.
FOUR! Cheeky shot by Bopara, scooped over the keeper’s head.
Kevon Cooper again.
KHI 82-2 (11 overs)
SIX! Malik steals the show with a big shot over midwicket.
STUMP APPEAL! Bopara just slides his back foot in. He will stay.
Zohaib Khan bowls his fourth and last over.
KHI 73-2 (10 overs)
That jump by Malik over Ehsan reminds us of WWE.
Ehsan Adil is back now. Lahore in search of a wicket here.
KHI 68-2 (9 overs)
OUT! Zohaib bowls wide on off and Vince slashes it hard towards Bravo at covers who doesn’t make a mess of it. Yesterday’s hero for Karachi, Ravi Bopara is the new man in.
FOUR! Vince goes with the spin and dispatches it towards extra cover.
KHI 58-1 (8 overs)
DROPPED! Malik put down by Rizwan. The keeper dives to his right, goes with one hand and the ball ricochets out of his glove. Malik went a little too soft on the deliberate edge but saved by the drop.
Kevon Cooper is back for his second over.
KHI 55-1 (7 overs)
OUT! This time Umar Akmal is well set in front of the catch with his inverted cup. He takes a look at the boundary after catching it and then walks forward to be greeted by the team. Nauman Anwar walks back after scoring 35. James Vince is the new batsman in.
FOUR! Driven powerfully and on the up towards unguarded extra cover.
Zohaib Khan into his second over.
KHI 49-0 (6 overs)
SIX! Umar Akmal gets his hands to the ball again, this time at long-on but misses it yet again. Nauman adds a maximum in his account.
FOUR! Malik picks up a length ball, packs it and dispatches it to long-off. Mid-off stands watching.
Dwayne Bravo in for his second over.
KHI 37-0 (5 overs)
Ten runs off the over. One over of powerplay remaining.
SIX! Swept over deep midwicket. Nauman Anwar with a beautifully executed shot.
Spin time and left-armer Zohaib Khan comes on.
KHI 27-0 (4 overs)
SIX! Over long-on and Umar Akmal gets his hands to it. He jumps over the crease.
DROPPED! Nauman Anwar put down by Bravo in covers.
Kevon Cooper with his slow medium pace now.
KHI 18-0 (3 overs)
FOUR! Short and on leg, Nauman spins over it and goes over short fine leg’s head.
Ehsan Adil runs in for his second over.
KHI 12-0 (2 overs)
Three singles off the first five balls. Single to end the over. Only four off the over.
Dwayne Bravo, today’s stand-in captain, comes on to bowl now.
KHI 8-0 (1 over)
Ehsan bowls two wides instead of the last delivery of the first over.
FOUR! Shoaib Malik eases into a leg glance.
DROPPED! Cooper puts down a chance at square leg. He was watching directly into the sun while taking that. Nauman Anwar survives.
Ehsan Adil will operate with the new ball as Nauman Anwar and Shoaib Malik open the batting.
Lahore have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Shoaib Malik: “We have to put up a good total. Amir replaced by Sohail Khan. Mushfiqur Rahim is in and Mir Hamza replaces Bangash (the wicketkeeper). We are going with specialists today. Amir has a groin problem, he wanted to sit this match out to recover.”
Azhar Ali sits out as Dwayne Bravo captains the Lahore side. Chris Gayle is back and Ajantha Mendis goes out.