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Amir's stunning Super Over guides Karachi Kings to PSL final
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Amir's stunning Super Over guides Karachi Kings to PSL final

Karachi Kings have booked their spot in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final for the first time after prevailing over Multan Sultans in a Super Over thriller.

Mohammad Amir delivered a stunning over comprising of pinpoint yorkers to defend 13 runs in the six-ball shootout.

Standing tall in the high pressure situation, Amir kept his calm to deny Ravi Bopara the room to free their arms and find gaps.

Despite giving away a couple of wides, Amir rectified his length to dart in brilliant thunderbolts as Multan Sultans fell short of Karachi Kings' Super Over score by four runs.

Karachi seemed sure of reaching the paltry 142-run target at a canter during their normal chase before a spectacular collapse punctuated their momentum.

Veteran paceman Sohail Tanvir was the chief destroyer of the Kings' line-up as he snaffled four scalps in his brutal four-over spell.

Tanvir kick-started the collapse by removing half-centurion Babar Azam for 65 off 53 balls. Karachi thus lost four wickets for six runs as the batsmen were found wanting of reckless strokeplay.

Although skipper Imad Wasim held one end firmly and brought down the equation to seven runs of the ultimate over, rookie fast bowler Mohammad Ilyas helped Multan stage their way back into the contest once again.

With Karachi's hopes of pulling off a win almost diminished, Imad shuffled across the crease to smack a boundary on the last ball to level the scores and bring the Qualifier into the Super Over.

Karachi went into the Super Over with the surprising selection of Sherfane Rutherford ahead of Imad and Babar. Following a quiet three balls, Rutherford blasted a six and a boundary to repay the faith bestowed upon him by the management.

Imad later remarked that the victory was dedicated to Karachi head coach Dean Jones, who passed away in September. The players held a special ceremony to pay tribute to Jones ahead of the commencement of the Qualifier.