Karachi fought hard till the end but failed to get across the line as Lahore Qalandars managed to hold on to win the game by seven runs. Kumar Sangakkara played a true captain knocks as he scored 65 runs off 45 balls and kept his side in the game till the final overs of the innings. Shoaib Malik provided to Sangakarra while the likes of Pollard and Bopara failed to come up with winning contributions on the night.
Karachi Kings start was far from ideal as Chris Gayle fell for 5 to see the side lost their first wicket. Babar Azam also had do not add to scoreboard as Kings slumped to 21 for 2 after 4 overs. Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik put on 100 run stand to revive Karachi’s chances of pulling off an improbable win. The duo at the crease meant the runs came at a good rate as equation required for Kings was 58 runs needed off 33 balls. Just as Kings were gathering ascendancy in the game, Sohail Tanvir dismissed Sangakkara and brought Lahore back into the game. Shoaib Malik also followed Sangakkara as Bilawal Bhatti dismissed him to see placed at 125 for 4 after 15 overs. The lack of runs with willow by Kieron Pollard and Ravi Bopara in the end overs meant that the side will have to wait a little longer to get their first win of the competition.
Earlier in the game, Jason Roy played a brisk innings at the top to setup a nice platform for Lahore as Fakhar Zaman played well in the middle orders and anchored the whole innings to score 56 runs off 36 balls.He stuck five boundaries and three sixes in his innings as left handed batsman looked at ease at the crease while there was fall of wickets at the other end.
Lahore need this win after a disastrous game against Peshawar Zalmi that saw them fold for just 59 runs while Kings will have to produce a better all-round performance in the next game despite being in contention to win all the games played so far in the competition.