KARACHI (Web Desk) – Peshawar Zalmi defeated Karachi Kings by two runs in the second match of the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi on Tuesday night, thanks to Tom Kohler-blistering Cadmore’s 92 off 50 balls and Babar Azam’s superb 68 off 46 balls.
In 20 overs, the Karachi Kings could only score 197-5 in pursuit of 200. His captain, Imad Wasim, remained his team’s most valuable player. He struck an undefeated 80 from 47 balls, which included seven fours and four sixes.
Shoaib Malik also played a pivotal role in guiding the Kings’ innings by scoring 52 off 34 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Only Matthew Wade (23 off 15) and Haider Ali (12 off 10) reached double digits, excluding Malik and Imad.
James Neesham (2-26) and Wahab Riaz (2-34), along with Salman Irshad (1-42), each grabbed two wickets.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi’s top-order seemed perplexed as they were two runs behind on 16. However, it was the relationship between Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Zalmi captain Babar Azam that really swung the match in their favour.
Cadmore led the “Khapal Team” in scoring with a 50-ball 92 that included seven fours and six sixes.
Not only was Cadmore’s performance outstanding, but he also allowed his captain Babar to play his natural style. Babar Azam hit 68 off 46 balls with a six and seven fours.
James Neesham and Shakib Al Hasan stayed undefeated with scores of 16 after 11 balls and 1 after 1 ball, respectively.
Ben Cutting defeated Bhanuka Rajapaksa on 6-ball 6 while Mir Hamza defeated Mohammad Haris on 5-ball 10.
Mir Hamza (1-13), Andrew Tye (1-32), Imran Tahir (1-40), and Ben Cutting (1-29) each took a wicket for Karachi Kings.