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9th Match, Karachi, Feb 27 2021, Pakistan Super League
(18.5/20 ov, target 196)198/3
Kings won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
90* (60)
babar-azam
Cricinfo's MVP
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• Danyal Rasool

Babar Azam 90 helps Karachi Kings canter to victory

Kings' win made it nine victories in nine for chasing teams in PSL 2021

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Scores: Ranjith P
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Scorecard summary
Multan Sultans195/6(20 overs)
Karachi Kings198/3(18.5 overs)
Babar Azam*90 (60)
Joe Clarke54 (26)

That's it from this match. Coverage is about to get underway for the second half of today's doubleheader between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi with Saurabh Somani kicking off commentary shortly. For Danyal Rasool and the scoring team, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

Winning captain Imad Wasim: "It was tough the last defeat but we knew we could come back. Credit goes to the bowlers first. The way we finished at the end was fantastic. I think we saved almost 15-20 runs at the death. Apart from that, our fielding was very poor so we'll see how it goes. [On Amir's maiden over] I always believe he is the best bowler in the world, not just in Pakistan. Even on flat tracks, he's bowling so well. I always back him. He's bowling so well. I think he's the best bowler in the world I've played with. I think he's executing it very nicely. I hope we get more wickets early on up front and we hope to do that next game. [On Joe Clarke] I call him 'Box-Office'. He's box-office basically. He just goes in and plays shots, not just slogs, but he's a gun player. He's proving that he's a very good young player."

Player of the Match is Babar Azam.

So now the Kings create a four-way tie at the top of the PSL table on four points alongside Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars. Kings have the best net run rate by far though. This is the most consecutive winning chases to start a PSL tournament, now at nine games in a row. However, the longest streak in PSL history stretched 14 games of teams chasing successfully during the 2019 season from match 12 to match 25 (that stat is courtesy of Matt Roller on the ESPNcricinfo staff).

Joe Clarke: "There have been good wickets around the 10 games that have been played. The ball gets a little bit softer and it comes on a touch slower but overall good wickets. When [Wasim Akram] speaks, people listen. The second 10 [innings in the field] was superb. We managed to bring it back really well. We know with our batting depth, we can chase anything so it was nice to get the win. I've been lucky in the two games I've batted to spend a bit of time with Babar. He makes the game look easy and next time I have to be out there at the end with him."

5.41 pm Sultans will rue their dreadful finish to the first innings. The scorecard will show a seven-wicket win with superb knocks in the chase by Babar Azam and Joe Clarke, but really it was magnificent bowling in the latter half of the first innings that set up victory for the Kings. Sultans looked like they were going to sail past 200 but Arshad Iqbal's 12th over taking Rizwan's wicket and conceding just two runs sparked a dramatic turnaround. Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Waqas Maqsood all played their part in tying down runs as well to keep the Sultans under 200 and set up a fairly stress-free chase.

18.5
4
Sohail Khan to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

No mercy from Babar to finish it! 6-4-4 seals the match by seven wickets with seven balls to spare! After failing with two attempted yorkers, Sohail bangs it in short on the body and Babar swats it wide of deep fine leg, another bounce and over the rope.

18.4
4
Sohail Khan to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

Sohail lands it this time with a back of the hand slower ball, but the result is not much different. In the slot for Babar to shovel over extra cover, one bounce over the rope.

18.3
6
Sohail Khan to Babar Azam, SIX runs

whoops! Sohail misfires badly and Babar responds with a shotgun blast over long-off! Tries for another slower yorker that turns into a thigh high full toss on sixth stump. Babar cocks and pumps this back down the ground over the rope.

18.2
1
Sohail Khan to M Nabi, 1 run

goes for a slower wide yorker, slapped off a bottom edge into the feet and caroms toward cover.

Sakhi Ahmad : "Don't blame the toss! They are losing because of poor performance, "

18.1
1
Sohail Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run

goes for yorker, low full toss at knee height on fifth stump, slapped over midwicket for one.

14 from 12 required. Sohail for the 19th.

end of over 186 runs
KK: 182/3CRR: 10.11 RRR: 7.00
Babar Azam75 (56)
Mohammad Nabi12 (7)
Carlos Brathwaite 4-0-32-0
Usman Qadir 3-0-26-0
17.6
1
Brathwaite to Babar Azam, 1 run

full on sixth stump, driven to long-off.

17.5
Brathwaite to Babar Azam, no run

another wide yorker, plays around it.

17.4
1
Brathwaite to M Nabi, 1 run

wide yorker, stabs it out to backward point, misfield confirms a tight single.

17.3
1lb
Brathwaite to Babar Azam, 1 leg bye

full length on sixth stump, walks across to paddle to the leg side and misses off the back thigh, it caroms back toward Brathwaite but they're able to sneak a leg bye anyway.

17.2
1
Brathwaite to M Nabi, 1 run

full length ball on the guideline, heaved along the ground to long-on.

17.2
1w
Brathwaite to M Nabi, 1 wide

wide yorker, lands beyond the guidelines as Nabi fails to jam it out. Wide called, justifiably so. Rizwan is upset but that was clearly outside the legal recommended width.

17.1
1
Brathwaite to Babar Azam, 1 run

length ball wide outside off, driven through the covers to the sweeper.

end of over 179 runs
KK: 176/3CRR: 10.35 RRR: 6.66
Babar Azam73 (52)
Mohammad Nabi10 (5)
Usman Qadir 3-0-26-0
Sohail Khan 3-0-32-1

Yousaf Saleem M: "This is so predictable now, Win the toss and bowl as badly as you can. Team bowling second will bowl even worst than you. "

16.6
1
Usman Qadir to Babar Azam, 1 run

back of a length on middle, goes back to punch to long-off.

16.5
1
Usman Qadir to M Nabi, 1 run

flighted full again, another miscued heave aiming for midwicket comes off the cue stick to long-on along the ground.

16.4
4
Usman Qadir to M Nabi, FOUR runs

floats this fuller, tries to slog sweep over midwicket, top edge swirls over the keeper through third man for four.

16.3
1
Usman Qadir to Babar Azam, 1 run

another good length ball pushed through the ring.

16.2
1
Usman Qadir to M Nabi, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, tapped away.

16.1
1
Usman Qadir to Babar Azam, 1 run

short on off, goes back to pull to wide midwicket.

Qadir returns.

end of over 167 runs • 1 wicket
KK: 167/3CRR: 10.43 RRR: 7.25
Mohammad Nabi4 (2)
Babar Azam70 (49)
Sohail Khan 3-0-32-1
Shahnawaz Dahani 3-0-28-2
15.6
4
Sohail Khan to M Nabi, FOUR runs

tries to bounce him, cagey Nabi ducks his head inside the line and paddle flicks this over fine leg wide of the keeper to pocket a boundary off the last ball.

15.5
Sohail Khan to M Nabi, no run

full on the stumps, defended to extra cover.

Best performances - batters
Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam KK
90 runs (60)
13 fours
1 six
Control83%
Productive shot
cut shot
20 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Joe Clarke player portrait
JM Clarke KK
54 runs (26)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
1 four
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Arshad Iqbal, player portrait
Arshad Iqbal KK
O
4
M
0
R
36
W
2
ECO
9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Shahnawaz Dahani MS
O
3
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
9.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossKarachi Kings, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Match days27 February 2021 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
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Rashid Riaz
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Faisal Afridi
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
PointsKarachi Kings 2, Multan Sultans 0