In the 13th match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6, Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi guided Karachi Kings to a six-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi.
They both produced 118 runs to help Kings chase down 189 runs and take the lead on the points table after winning their third in five matches.
Zalmi had earlier defeated Karachi Kings for 188-5 in 20 overs, thanks to Ravi Bopara and Sherfane Rutherford.
The pair put together an 82-run partnership for the fifth wicket to save Zalmi after they lost a couple of early wickets.
Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal and Tom Cadmore scored 30 runs in the first innings before Kamran was dismissed by debutant Abbas Afridi. With the assistance of four boundaries, he scored 21 runs.
Bopara and Rutherford took the lead and controlled the opposition’s bowlers. Rutherford scored 46 runs with three boundaries and as many sixes, while Bopara remains unbeaten for 58 runs with six boundaries and a six.
In the last over, Amad Butt scored 26 runs, while Daniel Christain conceded 32 runs in an over, the costliest in the PSL so far. Amad hit three boundaries and two sixes for a total of 27 runs.
Mohammad Ilyas and Abbas Afridi each took two wickets for Karachi Kings, while Daniel Christian took one.
In response, Mohammad Imran snatched Sharjeel Khan for naught in order to send Zalmi flying. Joe Clarke (17) and Colin Ingram (3) had already left, allowing Babar and Nabi to demonstrate their strong partnership.
Babar scored 77 runs off 47 balls, including seven boundaries and three sixes, while Nabi scored 67 runs off 67 balls, including eight boundaries and four sixes.
In the end, Daniel Christian smashed two boundaries and a six to help Kings secure their third consecutive victory.
Saqib Mahmood took two wickets for Zalmi, while Imran and Mohammad Irfan each took one.
MAN OF THE MATCH