Peshawar Zalmi (147/6) defeat Karachi Kings (145/5) by 2 runs in a thrilling encounter of PSL 9

5th 50 for Babar this PSL

Babar is slowly becoming the Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan in terms of running. Awful judgement again
Spinning track and batting looks brutal for batters but Zahid will still find a way to leak runs. Very poor bowler.
Poor control. Someone of his experience and at least a decade of FC experience under his belt. He should be able to land the ball in the right areas.
Peshawar Zalmi mostly depends on their openers to provide them with a good start whenever they fail Peshawar struggles.

Excellent pitch for a rookie spinner to debut on. He won't get tracks like these basically ever but for a kid making his debut, this is positive and it helps build up his confidence instead of going for like 50 runs in 4 overs like you may see in a normal track.
Arafat Monhas: 1/11 from his 4 overs, econ of 2.75
Not a bad start to his PSL career
Masood may have missed a trick not bowling him in the last game
Pakistan have finally produced a spinning track they were trying to achieve in the Aus/England/NZ Test series! Only took two years but congrats I guess for producing this awful track in T20's.
Good job we dont get this in tests as root would get a 6fer against us
Love Danny Mossison's inappropriate g-string comment haha
TKC's horrid form continues
6 matches
79 runs
ave 13.16
sr: 103
Hard to tell, need to see him bowl on non spinning wickets to see what he's really made of
I see , PCB needs 2 dig them pitches & make them a even contest between BALL & bat . 134/5 - 1 over to go
Bro thinks he is Jonty after fumbling so many behind the stumps

147 for PZ
I think they are about 10-15 runs short
Merhan Mumtaz and Ayub with the ball will be key imo
Something I've been trying to figure out:
Aamer Jamal - a genuine allrounder or a bits and pieces cricketer ??
QG should be thankful to Shaheen, or else KK would have been their in the playoffs.
EAsy win for KK mehran is just a ia he not spinning the ball on this i dont know..jamal is worse bowler than faheeem lala..i am surprised saim never opened the bowling
It’s quite worrying from the Australia test series & current PSL, maybe all of his career so far that Aamir Jamal is still rough around the edges.

He still needs refinement.
Haris is such a poor keeper, missed 2-3 chances today behind the stumps
Irfan Niazi looks a decent prospect

We need specialist middle order batsman for the future, too many top orders players
Irfan Niazi looks a decent prospect

We need specialist middle order batsman for the future, too many top orders players
He averaged 91 with the bat in the recent President first class season
Babar and Harris clearly have a rift

He was telling Babar not to take that review

He just went ahead and reviewed
Haris is also regressing at alarming rate. Poor with the bat now and being with the gloves too.
Babar and Harris clearly have a rift

He was telling Babar not to take that review

He just went ahead and reviewed
Probably becuase Haris had a tought night behind the stumps.
On this point though, Haris was right
Peshawar Zalmi have raced to the top position on the points table, after eking out a two-run win against Karachi Kings at National Bank Stadium, Karachi on Tuesday night.

Zalmi defended their 147-run total successfully, as the Kings agonizingly fell two runs short, scoring 145-5 in the allotted 20 overs. In doing so, Zalmi also registered the record for the lowest total successfully defended in HBL PSL history at Karachi.

Karachi’s pursuit of the 148-run target started solidly as opening batters, James Vince and Tim Seifert, put on a 61-run opening partnership. The powerplay yielded 44 runs, with Seifert being the aggressor.

Vince struggled to get off the blocks during his stay at the crease, which was cut short in the ninth over by Naveen-ul-Haq, as he returned for a sluggish 21 off 27 balls on the back of four boundaries.

In the next over, Saim outfoxed Shan Masood (0, 2b) with a brilliant ball that turned just enough to hit the off-stump, leaving the batter stunned.

At the halfway mark Kings required 84 with Shoaib Malik and Seifert on the crease. In the 11th over Seifert was pinned leg-before wicket against Aamir Jamal, for 41 off 30 balls, comprising eight boundaries.

Shoaib and Mohammad Irfan Khan joined forces to stitch a crucial 49-run fourth-wicket partnership off 41 balls, keeping Zalmi on their toes.

With 35 required of the last three overs, Naveen bowled Shoaib in the 17th over, who walked back after scoring 22 off 25 balls comprising one four.

Luke Wood bowled a fine penultimate over conceding just eight and also dismissing the dangerous Kieron Pollard for a paltry one run. Aamir faced with the challenge of defending 17 runs in the last over, gave away 13 runs off the first five balls as Anwar Ali got off strike. Irfan (39 not out, 26b, 7x4s)needed to hit four off the last ball to earn a consolation win for the Kings.

Aamir nailed a yorker as Irfan tried to make room while shuffling to the leg side and missed the ball, taking just one bye off it as Zalmi won the game by a mere two runs. Naveen bagged two wickets while Wood, Aamir and Saim picked up one each.

Earlier, the opening duo of Babar Azam and Saim Ayub put on another show of delightful batting after Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat first. They brought up 54 runs at the end of the powerplay.

Zahid Mahmood, bowling the seventh over, got rid of Saim (19, 18b, 3x4s) as he turned one prodigiously from outside off to rattle the stumps, bringing an end to the 55-run opening stand.

Zalmi notched 75 runs for the loss of one wicket by the halfway mark as Babar played some fluent shots on a turning track. In the following over, Mohammad Haris (13, 11b, 2x4s) was undone by Hasan Ali as Arafat Minhas took an easy catch behind point.

Left-hand batter Haseebullah (1, 5b) too failed to make his mark as Arafat bagged his maiden HBL PSL wicket with Irfan pouching the ball at deep midwicket leaving Zalmi 83-3 after 12.1 overs.

In the 14th over, Babar took apart Zahid’s leg-spin by hitting him for a six and four to bring up his fifth HBL PSL 9 half-century.

Later in the same over, he failed to make his ground at the non-striker’s end while attempting a second run and had to return for 51 off 46 balls, comprising five boundaries and a solitary six.

On a tricky wicket, Zalmi could only manage 43 runs off the last five overs courtesy Rovman Powell’s 30 off 18 balls, on the back of three boundaries while Aamir chipped in with an unbeaten eight off seven balls.

Arafat, making his HBL PSL debut, bowled the most economical spell of the tournament, returning with a wicket for just 11 runs in four overs, as Karachi bowlers conceded 147-6 in the 20 overs with Sams, Zahid and Hasan bagging one scalp each.

Scores in brief:

Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi by two runs

Peshawar Zalmi 147-6, 20 overs (Babar Azam 51, Rovman Powell 30; Arafat Minhas 1-11, Hasan Ali 1-26, Zahid Mahmood 1-34, Daniel Sams 1-37)

Karachi Kings 145-5, 20 overs (Time Seifert 41, Muhammad Irfan Khan 39 not out, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-22)

Player of the match – Babar Azam (Peshawar Zalmi)
Mohammad Haris has been crap this PSL. Doesn't look like he will be picked for the WC the way its going

8 matches
80 runs
average 11.42
sr: 118
Pretty sure saim ayub has replaced him now, he isn't needed.
Haris was never looking good enough since the start. He is more of a blind hitter rather than a batter who can hit. Either he develops patience and temperament or he is going to fade away soon. Again Jamal saved the day for his team, good over in that situation.