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Karachi Kings Vs Peshawar Zalmi – 17th Feb, 2016
- Updated: February 17, 2016
O well o well. What an inning being played by Brad Hodge! 41years of age and he is hitting ball a mile. Veteran of over 250 T20s, he won it for Peshawar Zalmi. This was Pakistan Super League match no. 19 being played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, only one match was left after this in the main round. But this was very crucial game for Karachi Kings (KK) to move in to playoffs. Kings won the toss and selected to bat first, probably eyeing to score big and may have got some influence from last day game between Lahore Qalanders and Quetta Gladiators. In that game more than 400 runs were scored. Simmons and Shahzaib Hassan started off well and scored steadily until Hassan Ali removed Shahzaib on 18 in last over of power play. Wessels who was playing first game for KK, came in next but could not develop a partnership with Simmons. Simmons was next victim for Shahid Afridi. He tried to cut a length ball but unfortunately chopped it in to the stumps. Karachi has put lot of hops on Malik and Bopara. Malik was caught at short fine leg, first ball after strategic time out. He has gone out 4th time in the series at the very important time in the game. It is being felt he need to bat till the end. Bopara did well for a while but can’t produce another big innings. Imran khan junior took his catch on his own bowling. Shakib Al Hasan the Bangladeshi Player for KK still to score big for his team. At the end of the 20 overs, Karachi managed to score 152 which was thought to be short about 20 runs. Simmons innings of 49 was highlight for KK.
Mohammad Hafeez started the chase with the Malan for Peshawar Zalmi but Mohammad Amir managed to get his edge in the first over. After two early wickets, Allenby and Brad Hodge started to blast Kings with sixes and fours. Allenby got out for 31 on 29 balls while trying to manage a sweep shot. While Hodge on other end, Afridi and Kamran didn’t manage to hold long. Brad managed six 4s and six 6s. Hodge planted three 6s and a four in 16th over bowled by Usama Mir. Mir four over yielded 47 runs for Zalmi’s. Sohail Khan hit the winning run in 19th over by the mean of huge 6 over midwicket to Darren Sammy. Peshawar won the match by five wicket while 9 balls to spare. Brad Hodge is undoubtedly was the man of the match and said “Boom Boom had some instructions for me to get myself in, with playoffs coming up”.
It was a good game of cricket but Karachi Kings could not put good score on the board and lost a must win game. Now they had to wait the next match between Lahore Qalanders and Islamabad United. And hope the Qalanders loose, if they want to live in the tournament.