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Umaid Asif holds nerve as Karachi edge Peshawar in a thriller
Pakistan Super League 2020

Umaid Asif holds nerve as Karachi edge Peshawar in a thriller

Karachi Kings edged Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in the second match of the Pakistan Super League 2020.

Umaid Asif hit the final nail in the coffin by defending 16 runs in the last over against the likes of Liam Livingstone and the dangerous Darren Sammy on the other end.

The fact that Zalmi managed to come within touching distance of the towering 202-run target is down to luscious blows launched by Sammy.

The veteran Zalmi skipper racked up two boundaries and a maximum in his 20-ball stay before skying an Umaid Asif delivery with the bowler completing a magnificent catch.

Zalmi's chase was derailed early in the Powerplay overs when a clever use of the DRS prompted by Chris Jordan's persuasion resulted in the untimely demise of Tom Banton.

The young Englishman, who has been in blazing form in the global T20 circuit, made an ungainly 13 off as many balls.

Kings' rollicking batting charge was set up by imperious half-centuries from opener Babar Azam and skipper Imad Wasim.

Sharjeel Khan's dismissal following a sprightly cameo witnessed a remarkable 97-run stand between Babar and Imad.

Babar unleashed a series of sublime drives while his batting partner belted out lofty strokes to keep the scoreboard ticking along.

Hasan Ali, returning to top-level cricket since his long bout of injury, bore the brunt of Karachi's pristine striking as he leaked 52 runs in his four overs.

His fellow pacer Wahab Riaz had a mixed day in the field as a lack of discipline in his first over of the day saw him concede 17 runs including two no-balls and a wide. The horror start was compensated by the left-arm speedster as he hurried in to correct his lines and lengths in the final half of the innings.