Playoffs Qualifier 1 game between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans on Saturday (November 14), a very unusual sight caught the eye of the fans, leaving them very surprised. Karachi, helped by a stunning bowling performance of Mohammad Amir in the Super Over, held their nerves to book a place in the final. But it was the Karachi captain Imad Wasim who had the satisfaction of finishing the match with a lovely cover-driven boundary off Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Lahore captain Sohail Akhtar, a first-timer this season and the only one to lead a PSL side without worldwide experience, said "It's a big achievement to reach the final". Karachi's Babar Azam dominates the chart for the highest run-getters. He sits at the top with 410 runs at a staggering average of 51.25.
From there on, Qalandars lost wickets at regular intervals as Samit Patel (five off eight), Ben Dunk (11 off 14), and Sohail (run-a-ball 14) fell in the 14th, 16th, and 19th overs. With 10 wickets in a many matches, he is his side's leading wicket-taker this edition.
Their batsmen never found the fluency to free their arms on a sluggish pitch - which was used for the second time in three days - that allowed the Karachi bowlers to keep the scoring rate under check. However, the team lost the opening 3 wickets within just 2 runs. For Qalandars, Haris Rauf and Dilbar Hussain picked two wickets apiece. All three batsmen have scored two half-centuries. Aaj final hai. fans, mere saath ho na? Live streaming will be available on the official PSL YouTube channel in all regions outside Pakistan. "We are really excited and looking forward to the game".
The Qalandars suffered another huge setback when the experienced Mohammad Hafeez - who hit up an unbeaten 74 in the first Eliminator against Peshawar Zalmi on Saturday - tried to clear the offside field when Imad brought himself on from the Pavilion End but only succeeded in giving Babar a simple opportunity at mid-off. "Both teams are well-deserved finalists and I wish the opposition best of luck for the encounter". We played good cricket in the Qualifier but couldn't finish it off how we wanted to but we are glad that we are in the finals. Yes, we weren't able to express ourselves properly against Multan Sultans, but for the final, everyone will be up to the mark. "It is going to be the greatest day for Pakistan cricket", she said.