Karachi Kings managed to stay alive in the Pakistan Super League after Kieron Pollard’s blistering innings with the bat. Pollard played a crucial knock under pressure to take Kings to pull off important win against Lahore Qalandars.
Kings started off well in the chase as they were comfortably placed at 80 for 1 after 11 overs before a stutter by the middle order saw Qalandars make a comeback into the contest. Kumar Sangakkara, Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara fell in no time while Babar Azam also fell in 12th over to see Qalandars gain the ascendancy in the game.
With Kieron Pollard and Imad Wasim at the crease, Lahore had to reasons to feel confident of pulling off a win but the pair had other plans as duo added 55 runs to see the clinch the unlikeliest of wins. Pollard came back to form with the willow at the right moment for Kings as he played a brisk innings of 45 runs off 20 balls and smashed consecutive sixes in the last over off Aamir Yamin to spark off wild celebrations among his team-mates. Sunil Narine was outstanding with his off-spin on the night.
Earlier, Lahore Qalandars batted first as Brendon McCullum played a brisk innings of 31 runs off 28 balls to lay down a good foundation for the innings. There were vital contributions with Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Rizwan and Sohail Tanvir chipping in with the bat to help the Qalandars post 155 runs from 20 overs. Shoaib Malik was the pick of the bowlers for Kings as he picked up two wickets and conceded only 21 runs from his four overs.