Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, PSL 2016, Sharjah February 12, 2016

Bopara's 71*, six-for stuns Lahore Qalandars

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Karachi Kings 178 for 5 (Bopara 71*,Gohar 2-26, Zohaib 2-35) beat Lahore Qalandars 151 for 8 ( Delport 55, Gayle 37, Bopara 6-16) by 27 runs
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After scoring an unbeaten 71, Ravi Bopara struck six times and recorded the joint ninth-best figures in T20 history © PCB

Ravi Bopara's 2 for 31 and 33-ball 67 had ended in vain against Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday evening, but he lifted his game to a new plane against Lahore Qalandars. The allrounder followed an unbeaten 71 off 43 balls with figures of 6 for 16, the joint ninth-best bowling analysis in the history of T20s, to help Karachi Kings stun Lahore in Sharjah. Bopara's all-round show put him on top of the PSL runs as well as wickets charts in addition to securing Karachi's second win. Lahore, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom of the table with only a solitary win in five matches.

Lahore, though, were on course to gun down 179, after a rapid start from Cameron Delport and Chris Gayle, who was back after recovering from flu. They knocked off 90 runs off the target in 10 overs. Delport then launched the next ball over Usama Mir's head for a six, raising his half-century off 35 balls. Four balls later, Delport was stumped.

Enter Bopara. He struck with his first ball, having a sedate Gayle caught behind for 37 off 28 balls. Bopara also sent back Dwayne Bravo for a duck in the same over. Bopara did not strike in his second over, but took three wickets in four balls in his third over to kill the chase. By then, Lahore had slumped to 122 for 6. Bopara finished off by accounting for Umar Akmal, as Lahore were kept to 151 for 8, from 98 for 0.

Bopara was the star with the bat as well, providing the late thrust with his 24th and second successive fifty, which included three fours and four sixes. Bopara's blows built Karachi's momentum after Zohaib Khan and Zafar Gohar undermined a good start. Bopara and Mushfiqur Rahim, playing his first PSL match, however, muscled 33 off the last two overs to lead their side to 178, which eventually proved 27 too many for Lahore.

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  • Desihungama on February 13, 2016, 14:32 GMT

    Bopara vs Qalandars eh? He is a one one man show. Calm as cucumber.

  • championcommando on February 13, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    give chance to Shahzaib and Alam in place of nouman and Imad or Tanvir.... nouman seems to out of form he got 4 chances in his inning but yet fail to score half century. Shahzaib has proved his mettle in T20 and he may prove life line for kings

  • Nuraizsarfraz on February 13, 2016, 11:38 GMT

    Why amir is not playing. Is he injured or pakistan is reserving him for T20 WC. ??

  • Gajjni_XI on February 12, 2016, 22:30 GMT

    bopara should b picked for england t20 squad

  • MUN28 on February 12, 2016, 20:34 GMT

    Lahore Qalandars should give more chance to Zia-ul-Haq.

  • Muhandis on February 12, 2016, 20:01 GMT

    After all the good performances of Zamli and Gladiators, it seems, Kings might cling the trophy, because after all it only matters at that particular day.

  • fahad_rafique_m on February 12, 2016, 19:39 GMT

    Bopara is reallly playing well, actually he is in his best foam. Hopefully , PSL will helps him to get his place in the national team of England.

  •   Rozi Patni on February 12, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    No Babar no iftikhar no irfan all are terribly out of form and still they are part of pak squad. And rumman what an ordinary bowler he is

  • Nuraizsarfraz on February 12, 2016, 18:03 GMT

    Not watching today because Amir is not playing. No joy without him in a cricket match. ...Fm BD

  • Šäddãm Śhåh on February 12, 2016, 17:40 GMT

    Well done Our Peshawar Tigers

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