Babar Azam leads Karachi Kings to 7-wicket win over Multan Sultans at PSL | Cricket News

KARACHI: Babar Azam hit his second straight half-century in the Pakistan Super League and anchored the Karachi Kings to a seven-wicket victory over Multan Sultans on Saturday.
Babar’s undefeated 90 on 60 balls – including 13 on four and one on six – led Karachi to 198-3 with seven balls to lose in another successful pursuit in Pakistan’s Premier League Twenty20.
All nine PSL Championship games this season have been won by the teams in the pursuit, including four successful pursuits of over 190 points.
Multan had previously spoiled a blazing start and was limited to 195-6 as Karachi skipper Imad Wasim followed a familiar scenario of captains batting opposition after winning the draw.
“The credit goes to the bowlers first,” said Wasim. “The way we finished at the end was fantastic. We saved almost 15-20 points on death.”
England’s Joe Clarke (54 out of 26 balls) took the game away at Multan by combining in an electrifying 97-race stand with Babar.
Clarke smashed four sixes against spinners Shahid Afridi and Khushdil Shah and also hit three limits during his robust half-century before being caught with a short, thin leg as he attempted to blast a slow bouncer from Shanawaz Dhani (2-28).
Babar led Karachi to their second victory in three games with a straight six and two fours against fast bowler Sohail Khan in the penultimate.
Previously, Multan had failed to capitalize on Chris Lynn’s strong start (32 of 14 balls) and was rolling 72-1 in the first six overs of the batting power play.
James Vince (45) and skipper Mohammad Rizwan (43) both fell in successive overs to fast pitcher Arshad Iqbal (2-36) as Multan slipped to 133-3 in the 14th.
Karachi came back strong in the last five overs with their fast bowlers fleeing just one limit. Fast left arm bowler Mohammad Amir, who had started earlier with a young girl over, threw seven wide balls in his next three overs, but secured dangerman Shahid Afridi (3) in the 19th to finish with 1 -34.
After his third loss, Multan slipped to fifth place in the six-team event with a lone victory over Lahore Qalandars, who are set to meet Islamabad United in the other league game on Saturday.

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