Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales and Babar Azam powered Karachi Kings to their second consecutive win of the tournament as they got the better of Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.
Mohammad Amir’s two wickets in one over set the platform for his side as Peshawar’s run flow was halted in the powerplay. Shoaib Malik was the top-scorer with a 55-ball 68 which vaulted Peshawar to 151 in 20 overs.
In reply, Alex Hales and Babar Azam did most of the job as they got their side over the line. Sharjeel Khan was removed early by Hasan Ali in the opening over of their run-chase. But his departure didn’t bother the duo of Babar Azam and Alex Hales as they added a 101-run partnership for the second wicket.
Hales (49 off 27 balls) was bowled by a wrong’un from Yasir Shah who was playing his first-ever match for Peshawar Zalmi. Shah was named the replacement for injured Mohammad Mohsin.
Yasir accounted for Cameron Delport (2) in the same over, when the left-handed batter tried to clear the long-on boundary. Babar, on the other end, remained calm as he saw his side to win. He scored a breezy 70 off 59 deliveries.
Earlier, Amir put up a masterclass in swing bowling in the opening over as he got the better of Tom Banton (leg-before wicket) and Haider Ali (bowled) with inswinging deliveries.
The left-armer then got the wickets of Lewis Gregory and Carlos Brathwaite to return with figures of 4 for 25. Amir was well supported on the other end by Amir Yamin (one wicket) and Chris Jordan (two wickets).