KARACHI: Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi led Karachi Kings to beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in 13th match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6.
They both scored 118 runs to help Kings chase down 189 runs and grab the first position on the points table after winning the third match out of five.
Earlier, Ravi Bopara and Sherfane Rutherford drove Zalmi to 188-5 in 20 overs against Kings.
The duo partnered for the fifth wicket to score 82 runs together to rescue Zalmi after they lost a couple of early wickets.
Sent into bat first, Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal and Tom Cadmore scored 30 runs before Kamran fell to debutant Abbas Afridi. He scored 21 runs with the help of four boundaries.
Bopara and Rutherford took the charge completely and dominated opponent’s bowlers. Bopara remained not out for 58 runs laced with six boundaries and a six whereas Rutherford scored 46 with the help of three boundaries and as many sixes.
Amad Butt struck 26 runs in the last over with Daniel Christain conceding 32 runs in an over, the most expensive so far in PSL. Amad scored 27 runs spread over three boundaries and two sixes.
For Kings, Mohammad Ilyas and Abbas Afridi bagged two wickets each while Daniel Christian took a wicket.
In reply, Mohammad Imran bagged Sharjeel Khan for naught to take Zalmi on high. Joe Clarke (17) and Colin Ingram (3) departed earlier to pave the way for Babar and Nabi to show solid partnership.
Babar remained not out for 77 runs off 47 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes whereas Nabi consolidated for 67 runs laced with eight boundaries and four sixes.
Daniel Christian, in the end, struck two boundaries and a six to score quick 16 runs as Kings wrapped up their third successive win.
For Zalmi, Saqib Mahmood bagged two wickets while Imran and Mohammad Irfan took a wicket each.