PSL 2020: Karachi beats Multan in super over for a place in final

Karachi Kings batsman Babar Azam, front, follows the ball after playing shot while Multan Sultans wicketkeeper Zeeshan Ashraf watches during the Pakistan Super League T20 first qualifier cricket match at National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir lifted Karachi Kings into their first Pakistan Super League final with a victory in the super over against table-topper Multan Sultans on Saturday.

Multan faces either Peshawar Zalmi or Lahore Qalandars on Sunday for another chance for next Tuesday’s final.

Amir gave away only nine runs in the super over by bowling brilliant yorkers to South African Rilee Rossouw and Englishman Ravi Bopara.

West Indies’ Sherfane Rutherford had smashed Sohail Tanvir for a six and a four which had eventually guided Karachi to 13-2 in the super over.

Karachi captain Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 27 had pushed the game into the super over off the last ball when he flicked fast bowler Mohammad Ilyas to square leg boundary for a four as the hosts finished at 141-8.

Karachi had restricted Multan at 141-7 after Wasim won the toss and opted to field first with Bopara making a top-score of 40.

Special credit to Amir (for the super over), to me he’s one of the best bowlers in the world, Wasim said.

“I want to dedicate this win to Dean Jones. If he was here, he would have been very happy. We’re going to play the final for Deano again”, he said.

Karachi players wore black armbands in memory of Jones, their late coach. Both teams stood in a ‘D’ shape to honor the former Australian batsman.

Multan made a stunning comeback during the regulation 20-over game through Tanvir’s (3-25) double strike in the 17th over.

Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam (65 off 53 balls) scored a half century and had Karachi in control at 116-3 before Tanvir had him caught behind.

The PSL playoffs resumed after they were suspended eight months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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