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Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars to win their first PSL final

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Babar Azam (left) and Imad Wasim (centre) walk towards the pavilion after winning the PSL 2020 final, on November 17, 2020. — PSL 

KARACHI: Karachi Kings on Tuesday beat Lahore Qalandars to clinch their first ever Pakistan Super League title at the National Stadium.

Karachi Kings’ coach Wasim Akram has dedicated the win to Dean Jones, saying that it’s the late Jones’ hard work that had brought this about.

Although Lahore-born Babar Azam’s unbeaten 63 would likely steal the headlines, the victory was actually built on the hard work done by Karachi’s unheralded, uncapped and unknown medium-pacers Umaid Asif, Waqas Maqsood and Arshad Iqbal.

The trio laid the foundation over which Babar later capitalised and got his side the victory in a comfortable run chase.

Umaid, Waqas and Arshad combined to bowl 12 over for Karachi, gave away just 62 runs and picked up six wickets – two apiece.

Neither has ever played at the highest level but still proved more than a match for Lahore’s studded, in-form batting line-up that threw away a solid start.

From 68-0, they managed a meek 134-7 as the openers’ slow batting put pressure on the rest of the batters, who, in their attempt to up the scoring rate, kept losing wickets. The proverbial fireworks kept on getting postponed and in the end, never came.

In their defence, Lahore batsmen can claim that the wicket was ‘double-paced’, which it was as the ball did not come on to the bat all innings – even for those known for their clean hitting.

In response, Karachi always looked in control until a late flurry of wickets but Babar Azam’s presence got them through.

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