14th Match, Karachi, February 26, 2023, Pakistan Super League
(16.3/20 ov, T:168) 101

Kings won by 66 runs

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5:55pm Right. That will be that from us for this game. But do join us in an hour's time as the Lahore Qalandars take on Peshawar Zalmi. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Sudeep, Venkat and everyone at ESPNcricinfo. Goodbye, and take care!

Tabraiz Shamsi is the Player of the Match for his spell of 4-0-18-3.

5:40pm Wow, that was one-way traffic towards the end. The Sultans began their run-chase well, with Masood and Rizwan getting them off to a decent start. But once the spinners came into play, the visitors just did not have any answers. Imad, Malik and Shamsi combined for eight wickets and brought the run-scoring to a standstill. Akif Javed also picked up a couple of crucial wickets, which included the scalp of Masood.

As for the Sultans, well, their shot selection and decision-making was not great. They almost always chose the wrong options against the spinners and were made to pay. This win means that the Kings now have four points on the board, and they also climb up to third on the points table. The Sultans, meanwhile, will now be looking over their shoulders, with Islamabad United just two points behind, despite having played a couple of games less.

Malik to Abbas Afridi, OUT

that will be that! Back of a length delivery on off stump that keeps low and spins back into the batter. Abbas has a massive swish across the line and misses as the ball pings into the pads, right in front of the stumps. Abbas has reviewed this because, well, why not! No bat involved, and Ball Tracking shows that the ball would have thundered into the stumps! The Kings win by 66 runs and storm back into contention!

Abbas Afridi lbw b Shoaib Malik 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 40
Malik to Abbas Afridi, no run

safe! Length delivery outside off stump. Abbas has a swipe at it and mistimes it so badly that the ball lands well in front of long on

Sanyia: "It's good to lose a match before the final stage Now MS has plenty of time to analyse themselves " -- That is one way to look at a defeat...

Malik to Abbas Afridi, no run

very full delivery on middle and off stump. Abbas gets his bat down in time and digs it out towards the bowler

Malik to bowl out. Can he bag his third?

end of over 162 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 101/9CRR: 6.31 RRR: 16.75 • Need 67 runs from 24b
Ihsanullah0 (3b)
Abbas Afridi2 (2b)
Akif Javed 2-0-8-2
Imad Wasim 4-0-34-2
Akif Javed to Ihsanullah, no run

full delivery just outside off stump. Ihsanullah swings like a rusty gate and misses the ball by a country mile

Akif Javed to Ihsanullah, no run

banged into the track on leg stump. Ihsanullah picks up the length a little late and ducks underneath it hurriedly. Giving him a taste of his own medicine!

Atif: "Spinners bowled 11 overs just giving 68 runs at 6.18 RPO with 7 wickets. Just amazing"

Akif Javed to Ihsanullah, no run

back of a length delivery on middle and off stump. Ihsanullah backs away and has an awkward stab at it. No surprise he did not make contact

Ihsanullah is the last man in

Akif Javed to Anwar Ali, OUT

Anwar bites the dust! Full and slanted across outside off stump. Anwar almost swings himself off his feet but loses his shape completely in the process. Slices it horribly towards deep point, and the fielder makes no mistake! The Kings one wicket away from a massive victory now!

Anwar Ali c Aamer Yamin b Akif Javed 12 (12b 0x4 1x6 29m) SR: 100
Akif Javed to Abbas Afridi, 1 run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Abbas gets up on his toes and runs it down to the sweeper at third man for one

Akif Javed to Anwar Ali, 1 run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Anwar gets forward and flicks it towards deep mid wicket for a single

end of over 154 runs • 2 wickets
MS: 99/8CRR: 6.60 RRR: 13.80 • Need 69 runs from 30b
Anwar Ali11 (10b 1x6)
Abbas Afridi1 (1b)
Imad Wasim 4-0-34-2
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-18-3
Imad Wasim to Anwar Ali, 1 run

length delivery on off stump. Anwar goes back and works it into the leg side for one more run

Imad Wasim to Abbas Afridi, 1 run

length delivery on leg stump. Abbas comes forward and tucks it off his pads towards deep square leg to get off the mark

Abbas Afridi in at 10. Slip in place

Imad Wasim to Hosein, OUT

caught at long on! Slowed up a touch on a full length at the stumps. Akeal tries to hit it into next week but is beaten in the flight. He has to reach out, meaning that he chalks it miles up into the air. Cutting settles himself at long on and does the rest!

Akeal Hosein c Cutting b Imad Wasim 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 66.66
Imad Wasim to Hosein, no run

full delivery outside off stump. Akeal slices it towards extra cover and wanders down the track, looking for the single. His partner sends him back and he makes his ground just in time

Imad Wasim to Hosein, 2 runs

full delivery hung outside off stump. Akeal walks across his stumps and heaves it towards long on for a couple of runs

Akeal Hosein to try his luck now

Well, the tide has swung firmly in the Kings' favour. Barring anything extraordinary, they should get the job done from here. As long as Anwar is at the crease, though, the Sultans will believe, despite the predicament they find themselves in

Imad Wasim to Brathwaite, OUT

oh my word, that is a very special delivery! Given a hint of air on a length on middle and leg stump. The ball grips in the surface and then snakes away. Brathwaite, by then, has closed his bat face and watches in disbelief as the ball rips past the outside edge and smashes into off stump!

Carlos Brathwaite b Imad Wasim 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 25
end of over 147 runs • 1 wicket
MS: 95/6CRR: 6.78 RRR: 12.16 • Need 73 runs from 36b
Anwar Ali10 (9b 1x6)
Carlos Brathwaite1 (3b)
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-18-3
Imad Wasim 3-0-30-0
Shamsi to Anwar Ali, SIX runs

what a shot! Flighted into the slot on middle and off stump. Anwar plants his front foot, gets under it and caresses it over the long off fence!

Shamsi to Brathwaite, 1 run

full delivery outside off stump. Brathwaite gets a massive stride forward and nurdles it into the off side for a single

Shamsi to Brathwaite, no run

back of a length delivery on middle and off stump that barely bounces. Brathwaite goes deep into his crease and just about keeps it out

Shamsi to Brathwaite, no run

huge appeal, and given! But hang on.....Brathwaite has reviewed this quite quickly. Full delivery on leg stump that skids through after pitching. Brathwaite seems to play down the wrong line as the ball raps him on the front pad, fairly in front of the stumps. There is no inside edge, but Ball Tracking shows that the ball would have spun past leg stump! Despair for Shamsi, momentary respite for Brathwaite!

Right. Can Brathwaite arrest this slide? We have a review ongoing for an lbw.

Shamsi to Usama Mir, OUT

gone this time! Tossed up outside off stump, and this one is just out of Usama's hitting arc. He does not care, though, and continues swinging like a rusty gate. He is early into his swing and toe-ends it straight down Cutting's throat at long off!

Usama Mir c Cutting b Shamsi 10 (6b 0x4 1x6 7m) SR: 166.66
Win Probability
KK 100%
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Over 17 • MS 101/10

Abbas Afridi lbw b Shoaib Malik 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 14m) SR: 40
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