Karachi Kings were touted as tournament favorites at the start of the third season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Their squad was bolstered by the huge signing of Shahid Afridi in the lineup, and it instantly paid dividends as Karachi kicked off their campaign with three consecutive wins.
Afridi’s magic with the ball was complemented by Mohammad Amir’s fearsome pace bowling, benefitting the Kings to the maximum. The fourth game against Multan Sultans was abandoned without a ball bowled, halting the momentum of Karachi. They thus faced defeat in the subsequent two games against Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators before going back to their winning ways versus Multan.
Their 8th match of the season against Lahore Qalandars was an epic battle for the ages. After numerous twists and turns, Qalandars triumphed just barely in the Super Over. Karachi nevertheless ended the initial phase of the tournament comfortably placed at no.2 on the points table.
However, their team became fraught with injuries and lost the key star duo of Afridi and Imad Wasim, and thus Mohammad Amir was chosen to captain the side in the qualifiers.
This late bout of injuries did no good to the team and they stumbled in back-to-back defeats versus Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, to end their hopes of a final berth.