Karachi Kings (176/8) defeat their arch rivals Lahore Qalandars (175/6) by 2 wickets in a thrilling encounter to claim their second win of PSL 9

Another cracking yorker from Zaman. Heck of a delivery and that's the difference from the other night. If you execute it, it's one hell of a delivery. If not, its full tosses or half volleys.
That's gotta be a no ball. It was like shoulder height.

EDIT: its chest height but in real time it looked even higher.
This could go either way.

Shaheen couldn't bowl a spinner when Malik and Pollard were batting. And that's costing LQ now
11 runs needed off the last 6.

Hasan Ali used to be a pretty clean striker but hasn't done much of note with the bat lately. Could change the script today.
This could go either way.


I feel like ICC needs to do a better job of defining what constitutes a no-ball based on height. Instead of looking at how far batter is down the pitch, I bet if we look at point of impact with the bat, the point of contact when Kohli hit that six off Nawaz, I would bet the point of contact with the ball is similar area to this one and that one was much lower in height too.
I can't tell if that was a catch and he dropped it or if he intentionally threw the ball away.
Oscar goes to Haris Rauf. Runner up will be Rizwan for his usual cramps acting
Ya that's a clean catch. Looks like he hit his head on the ground after the catch.

1 off 1. oh man the drama.
Poor LQ have been brutally exposed without Rashid Khan. Their bowlers have been unable to exert any pressure or control in the middle overs.
A washed up pollard battering Pak bowlers to pulp.. tells you the standard of the league.

The way things are expect Pak to lose to Zimb Afgh regularly.
Poor Qalandars. Their batting is a bit weak and bowling is not contributing. The big names are not living up to their reputations and expectations.
Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars by two wickets

Karachi Kings got their second win of HBL PSL 9 after they inflicted a two-wicket defeat over the home-side, Lahore Qalandars, at Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday night. Chasing 176 against Lahore, Karachi managed to complete the target on the final ball of the game.

Lahore Qalandars posted 175-6 in 20 overs after being put to bat first. They got off to a stuttering start as Fakhar Zaman fell to left-arm pacer Mir Hamza in the third over, courtesy of a magnificent running catch taken by Shan Masood. At the end of the powerplay, Lahore stood at 32-1.

In the ninth over, Tabraiz Shamsi brought an end to a 36-run stand between Sahibzada Farhan and Rassie van der Dussen as the latter was pinned leg-before for a 26 on 23 balls, including three boundaries.

Ahsan Bhatti was removed for a run-a-ball eight after he holed out to Kieron Pollard in long-on off Hasan Ali’s bowling to bring Lahore down to 54-3 in 9.4 overs.

Drama ensued when Jahandad Khan hit Shamsi for a maximum on the first ball of the 11th over and was pinned leg-before on the next delivery. However, the decision was overturned as the bowler had overstepped.

In the following over, Sahibzada took on Daniel Sams, hitting him for a boundary and a maximum, to get things going for Lahore. Then, Pollard took a stunner in the deep to help dismiss Jahandad, who had to walk back for 12 from nine, including one six. This brought Shai Hope to the crease for his first HBL PSL 9 appearance.

Hope took on Shamsi as he smashed two boundaries and a maximum to help get the runs flowing. On the last delivery of the 15th over, Shamsi got his man as Shoaib Malik caught on to a high catch at long-on. In the next over, Sikandar Raza copped a golden duck after getting caught at deep third as Lahore were brought down to 121-6 in 15.4 overs.

George Linde (26 not out, 13b, 3x4s, 1x6) and Sahibzada took charge, amassing an unbeaten 54 runs together. The latter also brought his third HBL PSL 9 half-century with a maximum in the 17th overs.

Sahibzada’s unbeaten knock of 72 on 45 deliveries, which showcased four boundaries and as many sixes, also allowed him to overtake Multan’s Reeza Hendricks as the current leading run-getter of HBL PSL 9.

Hasan, Hamza and Shamsi all picked up two scalps each.

Karachi Kings had a troubled start to the chase as they lost four wickets inside the powerplay. Shan (10, 9b, 2x4s) was run out in the third over. In the following two overs, Ahsan disturbed James Vince’s (8, 4b, 2x4s) stumps and Jahandad had Muhammad Akhlaq (7, 10b, 1x4) caught behind respectively.

In the sixth over, Mohammad Nawaz hit two boundaries against Zaman Khan, only for the right-arm fast bowler to rattle Nawaz’s stumps on the final delivery.

Kieron Pollard announced his arrival on the crease with an impressive six over long-off in an over that yielded 13 runs. A commanding fifth-wicket partnership between Pollard and Shoaib Malik brought stability to the Karachi innings as the side got to 79-4 at the halfway mark.

The two batted together to add 95 runs to the total before Shaheen Shah Afridi got Pollard out in the 16th over. The West Indies batter walked back after scoring a half-century on the back of five maximums and one boundary. In the next over, Haris Rauf dismissed Malik (39, 32b, 3x4s).

With 11 needed of the last over, Hasan smashed a six over mid-wicket on the first ball to bring the equation down to run-a-ball five. On the penultimate ball, Haris caught Hasan (9, 5b, 1x6) at long-off. Hamza, the next batter in, scored the final run to take Karachi over the line. Muhammad Irfan Khan also chipped in with an unbeaten 12 runs.

Zaman and Ahsan had two wickets each, while Haris, Shaheen and Jahandad removed a batter each.

Scores in brief:

Lahore Qalandars 175-6, 20 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 72 not out, George Linde 26 not out, Rassie van der Dussen 26; Hasan Ali 2-29, Mir Hamza 2-31, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-42)

Karachi Kings 176-8, 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 58, Shoaib Malik 39; Ahsan Hafeez Bhatti 2-19, Zaman Khan 2-25)

Player of the match – Kieron Pollard (Karachi Kings)

Source: PCB
He’s a good captain bro but what is he doing opening in T20s?

The opening combo looks so weak. You’re absolutely right. But we have to remember Shan Masood is just there as a specialist captain, like Kane Williamson is for New Zealand.

The only players who can open are Masood, Akhlaq and Vince. The latter is half decent but the others aren’t great.

The only thing going for Masood is the fact that’s he’s the only left hander out of these three, so I feel it makes sense out of the limited options KK have to have him opening to ensure the left and right hand opening combination is maintained.

If there was another player in this squad, who’s significantly better at opening the batting than Masood then I would certainly have a problem with him opening the batting for KK.
Shaheen's captaincy was all over the place. He should have won this game but he ended up keeping a death over for a spinner who is making his debut and asked him to defend 11 runs. Are you kidding me? Karachi was certainly the better team although they should have won this game more convincingly but a win is a win and now Lahore Qaladars will find it difficult to qualify for the next stage,