When the Karachi Kings faced the Babar Azam-led Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday in a Pakistan Premier League (PSL) match, spinner Mohammad Amir was in superb form. Although his team losing in the end, Amir got things started by picking up three wickets in the powerplay. Before dismissing Zalmi openers Mohammad Haris and Babar Azam in the opening over, he defeated young Saim Ayyub in the third over. Haris was given the boot by Amir, who also injured the Pakistani star with a toe-crushing yorker.
Afterwards, to turn over control to Karachi Kings, he fired Babar in the same manner. Amir’s yorkers that were in-swinging fooled both batters.
Amir’s performance was 4/26, but he was unable to prevent Zalmi from receiving a high rating.
As Zalmi reached 197/5 in 20 overs, half-centuries were made by Tom Kohler-Cadmore (56 not out), Hasebullah Khan (50), and Rovman Powell (64).
In response, Matthew Wade gave Karachi a head start in the chase. The experienced wicketkeeper hit 53 runs off of 41 balls before being caught by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Wade’s departure sparked a batting collapse that reduced Karachi to 122/8 in the end.
Imad Wasim, the squad’s captain, put up a fierce fight, scoring 57 runs off just 30 deliveries and pushing his team closer to the finish line.
As Zalmi ultimately won by 24 runs, Azmatullah Omarzai and Aamer Jamal each got three wickets.
With the win, Zalmi improved to fourth place in the standings after starting the season with three victories.
On Thursday, the defending champion Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators will face off at home.
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