Zaman's 56 leads Lahore to seven-run victory over Karachi

Kumar Sangakara's men managed to score 172 for the loss of eight wicket in chase of 180


Azeem Siddiqui February 16, 2017
PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Young Fakhar Zaman played more than a useful hand as Lahore Qalandars beat Karachi Kings by seven runs in Sharjah on Thursday.

After being put in to bat first, Qalandars lost captain Brendon McCullum early, but left-hander Fakhar scored a timely 56 off 36 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes to help his side post a competitive total of 179 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

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He was well supported by opener Jason Roy (26 off 16), middle-order batsman Umar Akmal (25 off 16) and wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan (29 off 22).

For Karachi, pacers Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Usama Mir claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 180 to open their account in the tournament, Karachi lost openers Chris Gayle (5) and Babar Azam (9) early. However, 101-run third-wicket partnership between captain Kumar Sangakara and veteran Shoaib Malik kept them in the game.

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But once Sangakara departed in the 15th over, Kings lost their way and kept losing wickets at regular intervals and managed to score 172 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Sangakara finished the innings with the top score of 65 off 45 with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Malik scored 39 off 30 balls with the help of two massive sixes.

For Lahore, pacers Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan and off-spinner Sunil Narine claimed two wickets each.

Presentation:

Fakhar Zaman (Man of the match): I feel very good, and I want to thank Almighty Allah. I am trying to play my natural game. My captain always ask everyone to play fearless cricket and that’s what I am trying to do.

Kumar Sangakara: We had the match under control till the 15th over. I think the Qalandars fielded really well in the last part of the innings, which was the difference in the end. Our combination is very good, but we have to field a little bit better and hopefully our big guns will start showing some form from the next match as well.

Brendon McCullum: Yea really proud of the boys. First and foremost it was an outstanding game of cricket. I thought today was great spectacle for the fans of both cities. The way Fakhar played was outstanding. Kumar and Malik took the game away from us but we held our nerve. Sohail Tanvir, Bhatti and young Irfan were outstanding in the end for us.



KHI 172-8 (20 overs)

Just 10 run and a wicket off the final over.

OUT! Irfan gets a well deserved wicket.

Mohammad Irfan to bowl final over of the innings.



KHI 162-7 (19 overs)

Fifteen off the over and two wickets.









Sohail Tanvir to start his final over.



KHI 147-5 (18 overs)

Just eight off the over.



Bilawal Bhatti to bowl his final over.



KHI 139-5 (17 overs)

Just seven and a wicket off the over. A great one for Lahore.



Sunil Narine to start his final over.



KHI 132-4 (16 overs)





Bilawal Bhatti to start his new over.



KHI 124-3 (15 overs)

Just five off the over and a wicket.



Sohail Tanvir to start his new over.



KHI 119-2 (14 overs)

Six off the over. A great one Lahore.

Mohammad Irfan to start his new over.



KHI 113-2 (13 overs)

Thirteen off the over. A great one for Karachi.





Yasir Shah to start his second over.



KHI 100-2 (12 overs)

Sixteen off the over. A great one for Karachi.





Grant Elliot to start his new over.



KHI 84-2 (11 overs)

Twelve off the over.



Sunil Narine to start his third over.



KHI 72-2 (10 overs)

Twelve off the over. A good one for Karachi.





Bilawal Bhatti to start his new over.



KHI 60-2 (9 overs)

Just six off the over.

Grant Elliot to start his first over.



KHI 54-2 (8 overs)

Just three off the over.

Narine to start his second over.



KHI 51-2 (7 overs)

Six off the over.

Yasir Shah to start his first over.



KHI 45-2 (6 overs)

17 off the over. A good one Karachi Kings.





Irfan to continue.


KHI 28-2 (5 overs)

Seven off the over.

Bilawal Bhatti to start his first over.



KHI 21-2 (4 overs)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over.



Mohammad Irfan to start his new over.



KHI 19-1 (3 overs)

Seven off the over.



Sohail Tanvir to continue.



KHI 12-1 (2 overs)

Nine and a wicket off the over.







Sunil Narine to start his first over.



KHI 3-0 (1 over)

Just three off the first over.

So it's Babar Azam and Chris Gayle to open for Karachi, whereas Sohail Tanvir will start for Lahore.



So that's it guys from the first innings. We will join you shortly for the second half.



LHR 179-8 (20 overs)

Just four runs and three wickets.





Mohammad Amir to start final over of the innings.



LHR 175-5 (19 overs)

Ten off the over. An expensive one for Karachi.



Usman Khan to start his final over.



LHR 165-5 (18 overs)

Eleven runs a wicket off the over.





Sohail Khan to bowl his final over.



LHR 154-4 (17 overs)

Just two off the over. A brilliant one from young Usman.

Usman Khan to start his new over.



LHR 152-4 (16 overs)

Twelve off the over. A good one for Lahore.

FOUR! Another one for Rizwan.

FOUR! Mohammad Rizwan gets his first boundary of the innings.

Mohammad Amir to start his new over. 

LHR 140-4 (15 overs)

Eight off the over.



Sohail Khan to start his new over.



LHR 132-4 (14 overs)

Just seven off the over.

Imad Wasim to start his second over.



LHR 125-4 (13 overs)

Twelve runs and a wicket off the over.





Usama Mir to bowl his final over.



LHR 113-3 (12 overs)

Just seven off the over.

Bopara to continue.



LHR 106-3 (11 overs)

Ten runs and a wicket off the over.





Usama Mir to continue.



LHR 96-2 (10 overs)

Twelve runs off the over.



Ravi Bopara to start his first over.



LHR 84-2 (9 overs)

Eleven and a wicket off the over.





Usama Mir to continue.



LHR 73-2 (8 overs)

Six wides and three singles off the over.

Usman to start his new over.



LHR 64-2 (7 overs)

Just two off the over. A good one Karachi.

Usama Mir to start his first over.



LHR 62-2 (6 overs)

Just five runs and a wicket off the over.





Sohail Khan to start his new over.



LHR 57-1 (5 overs)

14 off the over. A good one for Lahore.





Usman Khan to start his first over.



LHR 43-1 (4 overs)

14 off the over. A good one for Lahore.





Sohail Khan to start his new over.



LHR 29-1 (3 overs)

Seven off the over.

Mohammad Amir to continue.



LHR 22-1 (2 overs)

Fifteen runs and a wicket off the over.







Imad Wasim to start his first over.



LHR 7-0 (1 over)

So it's seven off the first over.



It's Jason Roy and Brendon McCullum to open the innings for Lahore, whereas it's Mohammad Amir to begin for Karachi.



TOSS: And the news is Karachi Kings captain Kumar Sangakara has won the toss and opted to bowl first against Lahore Qalandars.

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