KARACHI: Karachi Kings plundered a big total of 201 runs for four wickets in the 20 overs after being put into bat by Peshawar Zalmi in the second match of the HBL PSL 2020 here at the National Stadium on Friday.
In-form Babar Azam top scored with 78 from 56 balls while skipper Imad Wasim blasted a 30-ball 50 to help the Kings to set Peshawar Zalmi a daunting target of 202.
Peshawar Zalmi are one-time winners of the PSL, as they won the coveted PSL trophy in the second edition – in 2017, whereas they have been the runners-up for the last two consecutive years – in 2018 and 2019.
On the other side, Karachi Kings have not been able to win the tournament nor have they ever been the runners-up. They achieved the fourth position in the first and the fourth editions – in 2016 and 2019 and were placed third in two successive editions – 2017 and 2018.
Addressing a press conference before the match, captains of both sides expressed their confidence of getting off to a winning start.
“The pitches in Pakistan create a lot of excitement and I see the best bowling team will win this tournament,” said Sammy.
“No doubt Peshawar are a very good side but we also have a solid combination and we will try to deliver tomorrow,” Imad told a news conference on Thursday.
Karachi Kings: Chadwick Walton, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Amir, Chris Jordan and Arshad Iqbal.
Peshawar Zalmi: Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Kamran Akmal, Haider Ali, Mohammad Mohsin, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Liam Dawson, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali.