PSL 2016 February 17, 2016

Hodge heroics stuns Karachi Kings

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Peshawar Zalmi 158 for 5 (Hodge 85*, Allenby 31) beat Karachi Kings 152 for 7 (Simmons 49, Bopara 23) by five wickets
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'We were winning until Hodge got hold of us' - Bopara

Brad Hodge turned a chase that was headed nowhere into realms of possibility, and within the bat of an eyelid, blasted the ball to all corners of the Dubai Cricket Stadium. Peshawar Zalmi blew away Karachi Kings in a manic 10-minute passage to win by five wickets and move to the top of the PSL standings.

Hodge hit six fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 45-ball 85 as Peshawar recovered from 69 for 4 in 11.5 overs to overhaul Karachi's 152 for 7 with nine balls to spare. The turning point in the chase was the 16th over, bowled by legspinner Usama Mir, where Hodge smashed a four and three successive sixes to reduce the equation to 32 off the last four overs.

The next over was hit for 14, and the wheels came off Karachi's bowling unit, with Darren Sammy sealing the game with a muscular hit into the stands at deep midwicket.

That Peshawar were set 153 was largely due to the efforts of Lendl Simmons, who top scored with 49 and held the innings together for a while, before it fell apart as one batsman after another was dismissed in a quest to up the ante. The second-highest scorer of the innings was Ravi Bopara, who made a 22-ball 23 to shore up the total after a middle-order meltdown.

Peshawar started badly as the new ball pair of Mohammad Amir and Bilawal Bhatti removed the openers with the score at just 25 inside five overs. Jim Allenby, the Australian batsman, revived the innings with a 29-ball 31, but his dismissal followed by Shahid Afridi's in consecutive overs meant the chase hit a roadblock at 69 for 4.

But Peshwar were not to be denied as Hodge cashed in on the first sign of complacency from Karachi by mixing a bit of brute strength and fineness in his effort to turn the game in no time. Such was the quality of his knock that even the dismissal of Kamran Akmal, with Peshawar still needing 32, largely went unnoticed.

Having lost the game from a position of strength, Karachi will have to hope for a Lahore Qalandars win in the second match of the night to progress.

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  • Jawwad on February 19, 2016, 4:22 GMT

    @Masrur G. Syed- Don't Worry. The playoffs format is incredible. The loser of Quetta-Peshawar will play the winner of Islamabad-Karachi to have a crack at the championship against, of course the winner of first playoff game. Genius.

  •   Masrur G. Syed on February 19, 2016, 2:25 GMT

    I don't get the draw for the Qualifying Finals. The two top teams should be playing the other two qualifiers. Seems unfair to me. Both Quetta and Peshawar deserve to play in the final.

  • Mohammad on February 18, 2016, 6:13 GMT

    Iam From Karachi ... And sadly saying that They dont deserve for the Playoff.

  • Rogie on February 18, 2016, 4:52 GMT

    Chasing targets has been a consistent issue for Pakistan for last decade or so and Brad Hodge showed how its done. A great lesson from likes of U Akmal, Sarfaraz, A Shahzad, Rizwan, Sohaib etc.

  • ESPN on February 18, 2016, 4:51 GMT

    I really want Zalmi to win finals #zalmishudwin

  • sajid on February 18, 2016, 4:28 GMT

    has not won a single game from last 5 games,yet playing play offs...lhr deserved more than khi atleast they showed some emergency to win with limited bowling sources and azhar ali dint do bad with captaincy yet he was not up to the mark,what malik has done in the last 5 games???he is way a superior than azhar and has done tremendous blunders...his bowling changes batting positions changes,the way his body language shows i mean i dont expect khi to win the tournament even if they have qualified for it it is just a pure luck,imagine if the teams were 8 and khi had found the same scenario there what would they have blamed???malik is a culprit for me...

  • Glen on February 18, 2016, 3:19 GMT

    "...brute strength and finesse..." I think you meant.

  • Pleasure on February 17, 2016, 23:57 GMT

    @ imranghafoor: Yeah like Lahore is winning their games left, right & center even with likes of Gayle, UAkmal in the team? This tournament will define who's the best & deserving captain to represent Pakistan in the shorter format of the game. Definitely not Azhar is not a winner, Misbah & his team will be knocked out next, Afridi's team will be out in the semifinals. Therefore either Sarfraz or Malik should be the legitimate captain to represent Pakistan in ODIs & T20s. Ciao

  • Nadefr5020842 on February 17, 2016, 23:30 GMT

    @dsa it's likely that Pakistani domestic players are given more of a chance than international players which is why shakib didn't bowl full quota .

  • Usman on February 17, 2016, 19:54 GMT

    Making Azhar Captain , what does lahore expecting ? lol . Most predictable result. Azhar ali ruined Pakistani team and done same with Lahore Qalanders.

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