Karachi Kings fall short as Lahore Qalandars edge seven-run win at Sharjah
Qalandars held their nerves to clinch a much-needed win against Kings.
Karachi Kings came close to winning their first game of the competition as came up seven runs short of the target posted by Lahore Qalandars. Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Khan put on 100 run stand for Kings in the chase but could not take their side to a much needed victory.
Kings got off to a bad start as they lost Chris Gayle early in the innings but Sangakkara and Malik came together to rebuild the innings and keep the side in the hunt to win the game. Sangakkara top scored with 65 runs for Kings. Shoaib Malik scored 39 runs off 30 balls to provide support to Sangakkara at the other end.
Once duo departed, the side could not maintain the momentum as lower order failed to contribute with the bat. Kieron Pollard and Ravi Bopara fell in succession to leave tail-enders to knock off the remaining runs. Sohail Tanvir and Bilawal Bhatti picked up two wickets apiece.
Earlier in the game, Lahore Qalandars batted first after Karachi Kings opted to field first after winning the toss. Jason Roy made a quick-fire 26 runs to start the proceedings before
Fakhar Zaman consolidated in the middle orders to notch a well-timed half century. Mohammad Rizwan and Umar Akmal chipped with useful 20s to see the side post 179 runs after 20 overs. Sohail Khan and Usama Mir picked two wickets apiece.
Lahore with this narrow win over Karachi is still languishing at the bottom with four points from four games. Brendon McCullum’s side will need to put in better performances to climb up the points table as Kings are now last in with three losses to their name in the competition.
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