result
Final (N), Karachi, Nov 17 2020, Pakistan Super League
(18.4/20 ov)135/5
Kings won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
player of the match
Babar Azam
Karachi Kings
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• Danyal Rasool

Babar Azam's fluent fifty guides Karachi Kings to maiden PSL title

Captain Imad Wasim hits winning runs as Karachi cruise home in run chase

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Danyal Rasool
Scorecard summary
Lahore Qalandars134/7(20 overs)
Karachi Kings135/5(18.4 overs)

That's it, then, from the presentations. It's been great fun, and congratulations to all Karachi Kings fans. Take care, everyone!

Imad Wasim is terribly proud of the way the bowlers executed their plans. "We knew if Babar put on a masterclass we could effectively put our feet up in the chase. Generally, when I bowl the first over, I can get a read of the wicket. Arshad Iqbal was an emerging cricketer but he played a crucial role for us today. If the fans had been around, it would have made it even sweeter.

"Dean Jones, of course, gets credit because what he taught us very few coaches in the world can. Wasim Akram, of course, deserves the trophy because he was our bowling coach, head coach, mentor and team president rolled in one. It's an honour to captain this franchise."

Babar Azam wins the Player of the Tournament award, too! "I just needed to remain cool," Babar says. "The team was depending on me and I needed not to panic. The wicket as slow and I wasn't feeling the ball on the bat very well. I feel the calmer you are, the better you perform. I just knew I had to be there at the finish, and in the end we chased it with ease."

Lahore Qalandars skipper Sohail Akhtar warmly congratulates Karachi Kings. "Getting here is a big achievement for us. We played excellent cricket, and everyone bought into the project. I think I'm very fortunate to be leading such a wonderful franchise. I'd love to thank our senior players, people like Ben Dunk and Mohammad Hafeez who supported me. The wicket was slow, and we were at least 20 runs short today."

Shaheen Shah Afridi picks up the Best Bowler cheque. Babar Azam, of course, wins the Best batsman award

Multan Sultans win the Spirit of Cricket award, while Ben Dunk scoops up the Best wicketkeeper prize, likely for that six-hitting rather than anything he might have done behind the stumps

Babar Azam is the Player of the Match for that unbeaten 63. Ramiz tells him to buzz off for now; apparently there are a number of awards coming his way shortly. Player of the Tournament set to be one of them, I'd wager

The umpires are receiving their medallions now. They'll be relieved it was an incident free final as far as they were concerned

11.50pm Sreshth has bailed, leaving a Lahore to cover what's left of this final. Presentations should follow shortly, but there were warm words for everyone who helped by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, as well as acknowledgment and thanks to health workers, doctors and nurses in what has been, fleeting joy aside, the most wretched of years.

Syed: "Only way to dismiss Babar Azam is on a free hit ball"

11.45pm Stick around for the presentation.

Bilal Ahmed: "All the notes made by Dean Jones in his famous red notebook, finally paid off. "

Abhijato: "All in all, can't complain. An epic super over, two incredible Azam knocks, a special Afridi spell - this delayed playoffs season had everything. Kudos to PCB and players for organising a proper end of the season, cheers!"

11.40pm Wasim Akram says this win is dedicated to Dean Jones. And he says that it's the late Jones' hard work that's brought this about

Hari: "Deano would have been proud. Miss u Deano"

11.35pm The Karachi team is now doing a victory huddle. They are having a blast out there. Hugs everywhere. Remember, it's their first title in five attempts.

Affan: "You have to appreciate Babar's "slow" innings. Anyone who criticizes Babar's innings today have no idea how tough it was to bat on that pitch. "

11.32pm This one's for Dean Jones, their coach who passed away last month. Imad Wasim and Babar Azam hug, and the Karachi Kings bench goes ecstatic. For what it's worth, Dean Jones has now coached a PSL team that has won the tournament in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Karachi have done it in their home stadium. Good scenes, both teams are congratulating each other for a wonderful season.

This would've been such a close game had Babar Azam been out early, but such is his class... an excellent innings of 63 and he's anchored Karachi Kings home. Wasim Akram, the stand-in Karachi coach, is all smiles too.

Dr Adnan: "Wasim Akram bowling coach of KKR:: Won 2 IPL. With Islamabad United :: Won PSL. With Karachi Kings :: Won PSL. The man has a nack for trophies"

husnain: "A Lahori just denied Lahore the trophy."

18.4
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

the captain hits the winning runs! Punches this length ball through the covers. Karachi Kings are PSL 2020 champions

18.3
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Babar Azam, 1 run

yorker on middle, from around the wicket. Flicked to the leg side

Aamir Hussain: "No six in complete low target inning, WTH."

Asad: "East and West baber azam is the best!"

18.2
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Imad Wasim, 1 run

tries the yorker, on off, and clobbered to mid on. They scamper across for a dangerous one

18.1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Imad Wasim, no run

yorker on off, and he toe-ends a drive back to Afridi

end of over 185 runs • 2 wickets
KK: 129/5CRR: 7.16 RRR: 3.00 • Need 6 from 12b
Imad Wasim5 (4)
Babar Azam62 (48)
Haris Rauf4-0-30-2
David Wiese3-0-21-0
17.6
1
Haris Rauf to Imad Wasim, 1 run

good length, outside off. And cut to deep point

17.5
4
Haris Rauf to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

full on leg, and he flicks this soooo well! Nice use of the wrists to place it in front of deep midwicket

Ameer Hamza: "The only difference between Lahore and Karachi on this pitch is Babar Azam inning."

17.4
Haris Rauf to Imad Wasim, no run

good length, on middle. Pushed towards the off side but can't take the single

Affan: "GET BABAR'S WICKET AND YOU ARE IN THE GAME"

17.3
Haris Rauf to Imad Wasim, no run

back of a length, on middle. Fended off the back foot

Mansoor Bhat: "KK is such an ordinary team without Babar Azam."

17.2
W
Haris Rauf to Rutherford, OUT

another chip, another wicket! Full on middle, and again trying to play this with hard hands. Pops in the air, and mid on takes a gentle catch. Haris on a hat-trick

Sherfane Rutherford c Sohail Akhtar b Haris Rauf 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
17.1
W
Haris Rauf to Iftikhar, OUT

chipped! Full, on middle, and he checks a drive. Ball pops up,Wiese at mid on dives forward, and that's been taken

Iftikhar Ahmed c Wiese b Haris Rauf 4 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
end of over 1710 runs
KK: 124/3CRR: 7.29 RRR: 3.67 • Need 11 from 18b
Babar Azam62 (48)
Iftikhar Ahmed4 (5)
David Wiese3-0-21-0
Dilbar Hussain4-0-28-2
16.6
4
Wiese to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

clears mid off! This was a one-bounce four. Full outside off, and he mistimes the loft, but mid off was inside the circle, so eventually a very safe attempt. Nearly went for six

16.5
1lb
Wiese to Iftikhar, 1 leg bye
16.4
1
Wiese to Babar Azam, 1 run

good length, outside off. Dabbed to third man

16.3
1
Wiese to Iftikhar, 1 run

worked away square off his hips with the ball angling in

16.2
2
Wiese to Iftikhar, 2 runs

full, outside off. Comfortably caresses a drive to extra cover

16.1
1
Wiese to Babar Azam, 1 run

good length, outside off. Wants to dab it fine, but doesn't get the direction. Ball rolls away near him

end of over 164 runs • 1 wicket
KK: 114/3CRR: 7.12 RRR: 5.25 • Need 21 from 24b
Iftikhar Ahmed1 (2)
Babar Azam56 (45)
Dilbar Hussain4-0-28-2
Shaheen Shah Afridi3-0-25-0
15.6
Dilbar Hussain to Iftikhar, no run

full, just outside off, and driven straight back

Khurram Zia Kha: "If #KarachiKings win the match, Man Of the match should go to Arshad Iqbal or Umaid Asif " -- good shout!

15.5
1
Dilbar Hussain to Babar Azam, 1 run

full outside off, and he presses forward to drive. Wasnt a single, but a wild throw, and poor back up allows them to take it anyway. Lahore getting frustrated now

15.4
2
Dilbar Hussain to Babar Azam, 2 runs

full, on leg, and flicked to deep backward square leg

15.3
Dilbar Hussain to Babar Azam, no run

tasawar: "three great bowler amir, shaheen nd haris couldn't impress in big final. that's cricket for u."

Best performances - batters
Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam
63 runs (49)
7 fours
0 six
Control82%
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
2 fours
0 six
9661149117
Tamim Iqbal portrait
Tamim Iqbal
35 runs (38)
4 fours
1 six
Control50%
Productive shot
flick
7 runs
1 four
0 six
114012575
Best performances - bowlers
Umaid Asif
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
2
ECO
4.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Waqas Maqsood
Waqas Maqsood
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
2
ECO
4.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossLahore Qalandars, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Player Of The Series
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Series resultKarachi Kings won the 2020/21 Pakistan Super League
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days17 November 2020 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
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Michael Gough
TV Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Rashid Riaz
Match Referee
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Mohammed Anees