Mohammad Amir bowling masterclass saw Karachi Kings register a thrilling win over Multan Sultans via Super-over in the Qualifier1 game played at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Saturday. With this result, for the first time, Karachi Kings have qualified for the finals of Pakistan Super League.
Earlier in the day, Karachi Kings won the toss and opted to field first. The decision proved somewhat correct as Imad Wasim and Waqas Maqsood made early inroads with the new-ball. Kings fielding was also upto the mark and managed to dismiss Rilee Rossouw and Shan Masood to reduce Multan Sultans to 40 for 4 after 6.3 overs.
Former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara led the fightback for Multan Sultans and put on a 40-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Khushdil Shah.
Khushdil Shah looked fluent in his innings and perished in the 12th over after scoring 17 runs off 21 balls.
For Multan, Ravi Bopara played well and finished the innings with top-score of 40 runs off 31 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Tail-ender Sohail Tanvir produced a brisk cameo at the back end of the innings to help Multan Sultans post 140 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs.
Sohail Tanvir smashed 25 not out off 13 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.
For Karachi Kings, pacers Arshad Iqbal and Waqas Maqsood bowled exceedingly and claimed two wickets apiece.
Chasing 141 runs to qualify for the finals, Sohail Tanvir dismissed Sharjeel Khan to see Karachi lose their first wicket in the third over of the innings.
Babar Azam and Alex Hales came together and put on a 42-run partnership in order to rebuild the innings for Karachi. Iftikhar Ahmed failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 13 runs off 12 balls.
For Karachi, Babar Azam continued his excellent form with the bat and notched up a crucial half-century. He finished the innings with the top-score of 65 runs off 53 balls with the help of five boundaries and two sixes.
Captain Imad Wasim played exceedingly and kept the scoreboard ticking despite losing wickets at the other end. Left-hander smashed unbeaten 27 runs off 16 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
Wasim smashed a boundary off the final ball of the match to see Karachi Kings secure a tie with Multan Sultans.
In super-over eliminator, Sherfane Rutherford smashed one four and one six to see Karachi Kings score 13 runs for the loss of two wickets.
In reply, Multan Sultans could only score 7 runs to see Karachi Kings seal their place in the finals of PSL.
For his scintillating 65 runs, Babar Azam was named player of the match.