Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 | 0

Karachi Kings is one of the five contenders of Pakistan Super League 2017 but their performance in the field is consistently poor since the last season. In the ongoing season also, they have suffered from the same problem and could not fix it but in this circumstances, they have also managed three victories in this PSL 2 competition where they have totally played seven matches. Through the three matches victories placed them on the 4th position of the point table where they last won yesterday against Lahore Qalandars. Team Kings beat Qalandars in the second leg which was staged yesterday at Dubai Stadium by five wickets. And that was the last match of Qalandars in the ongoing PSL 2 season and they might not qualify for the play off round. Though, they also won three matches but they played one more match than Kings and so, one of them would not qualify for the playoff stage which will be confirmed after the next match of Karachi Kings. If in upcoming match, Kings will be defeated in huge difference, then Qalandars might get chance to jump to the playoff but without it, their journey in this season have finished. Karachi Kings will play their last match against the current champion of Pakistan Super League Islamabad United in next 26th February, 2017 which will also be the last group stage match of the tournament.

Yesterday there were two matches in the same venue and Karachi Kings faced Qalandars at the first match. That was the complete day match where Kings won the toss and came to bowl. Since the beginning of the field, Kings put the opponent under pressure and it was tough for the batsmen to find gap for the run. They also lost their first wickets in 4 runs. Team Qalandars made a number of small partnership but failed to make a stable one. Most of the players could score at least double figure runs where the highest score was achieved by Mohammad Rizwan with his unbeaten 32 runs. At the end of the innings, they scored 155 runs by losing total six wickets.

155 runs was not so poor and not specially for Karachi Kings but they desperate to win the match and seemed to start well. But their opening partnership was not last long but broken in 27 runs. Opener Babar Azam stood still but at the end of the crease, the players used to change regularly. First Sangakkara, then Malik. While playing with Malik, Azam was out with highest 49 runs. Later, Pollard took the lead and led the team to victory. Kings needed to play complete 20 overs to bring happiness in the club.

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