KARACHI: Babar Azam's second fifty in the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) sixth edition helped Karachi Kings trounce Multan Sultans by seven wickets in the ninth match of the league. The home side were given a target of 196 by the Sultans, but smooth hitting by Babar Azam made it look like a comfortable win. Azam was initially helped by Sharjeel Khan, but emerging pacer Shahnawaz Dahani removed Sharjeel in the fourth over for 27. Sharjeel's early wicket could have put the Kings in trouble, but Englishman Joe Clarke paired up with Babar Azam for a 97-run partnership and made the target achievable for Karachi. With none of the bowlers able to provide the breakthrough, Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan turned towards his young fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani. However, by the time Clarke was removed Kings were in a comfortable position and Azam took his team home with 7 balls to spare. Apart from Dahani, Sohail Khan was the only wicket-taker for Multan. Earlier, after winning the toss, Karachi Kings asked the Sultans to bat first. Multan’s skipper Mohammad Rizwan continued his form with the bat, and an early partnership with Chris Lynn and James Vince had put his team seemingly in… Read full this story
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