Mohammad Aamer recorded figures of 2 for 6    Getty Images (file photo)
Mohammad Aamer recorded figures of 2 for 6 Getty Images (file photo)

Karachi Kings have displaced Multan Sultans on top of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 points table after beating Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday evening. In a low-scoring tie, it was Kings all-round effort that saw them prevail over Dwayne Smith-inspired Zalmi by 5 wickets. Chasing 132 to win, Karachi played tactical cricket. Their batsmen constructed regular partnerships throughout the innings. Joe Denly and Babar Azam led the charge, adding 41 for the second wicket before 19-year-old Ibtisam Sheikh snapped Azam for 28. Ibtisam then picked his second wicket, that of Colin Ingram.

Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Rizwan managed to take Kings near the 130-run mark. Rizwan departed in the final over for 19. At that point Kings needed another 4. Bopara clinched it for Karachi, smacking Mohammad Asghar for a six. He remained not out on 17.

Batting first, Peshawar Zalmi was driven by Smith. However, Mohammad Aamer and Shahid Afridi pinned down Zalmi’s hope of a big score. Smith held up one end and kept on ticking the scoreboard. He scored a 51-ball 71 not out inclusive of 4 fours and 5 sixes. Unfortunately, among others, only Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal went past double digit score. Zalmi finished on 131 for 9.

Brief Scores:

Peshawar Zalmi 131 for 9 (Dwayne Smith 71, Kamran Akmal 14; Mohammad Aamer 2 for 6) lost to Karachi Kings 134 for 5 in 19.4 overs (Joe Denly 29, Babar Azam 28; Ibtisam Sheikh 2 for 25) by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.