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Babar stars with fifty as Karachi Kings post 175-7

Babar started his innings by hitting Wahab Riaz for back to back boundaries in the first over

Babar stars with fifty as Karachi Kings post 175-7 PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Babar Azam’s 53-run knock helped Karachi Kings post 175-7 against Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator on Monday in HBL PSL 6.

Babar started his innings by hitting Wahab Riaz for back to back boundaries in the first over. Sharjeel took inspiration from Babar and also dispatched consecutive boundaries against Mohammad Irfan, to give a perfect start to Kings.

However, Irfan pulled things back for Zalmi as he trapped Sharjeel lbw for 26 before the end of powerplay.

Martin Guptill’s horror-run in the PSL continued as he was caught behind for a duck in the next over.

Babar stitched a 31-run partnership with Danish Aziz and tried to bring Kings’ innings back on track. But, Irfan got rid of Danish for 13 to pick his second wicket of the match.

Babar decided to up the ante in the 13th over as he smashed Mohammad Imran for a hat-trick of boundaries, bringing his fifty in 42 balls.

Wahab returned in the 15th over to remove Babar for 53, further denting Kings’ innings.

Thisara Perera decided to lead the charge after Babar’s departure and smashed two sixes and two fours in Khalid Usman’s final over.

Umaid Asif ended Perera’s 37-run cameo as left-hander was caught at long on while trying to take the aerial route.

Imad Wasim’s 16-run knock helped Kings finish with a competitive total.