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Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop in awe of Babar Azam after Karachi Kings PSL triumph

Azam smacked seven boundaries in his 49-ball 63 during the PSL final

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain and former Windies pacer Ian Bishop have praised Babar Azam after playing a key role in Karachi Kings’ first Pakistan Super League (PSL) title.  

Babar scored a commanding fifty to help the Karachi Kings win their maiden PSL title with a five-wicket win over the Lahore Qalandars on Tuesday.

Azam smacked seven boundaries in his 49-ball 63, but it was skipper Imad Wasim who hit the winning shot to help the Kings chase down a modest 135-run target in 18.4 overs.

Babar finished the tournament with 473 runs, including three player of the match awards, which helped him to win the awards for Best batsman and player of the tournament.  

Hussain felt that Babar was “batting on a different pitch to everyone else”. Meanwhile, Bishop was also left speechless by Babar.

 

I see Babar Azam is batting on a different pitch to everyone else .... Class !!

— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) November 17, 2020

 

Babar Azam,,,,,,,,,,,

— Ian bishop (@irbishi) November 17, 2020

 

The final — one of the most anticipated in the PSL's short history, given the rivalry between Pakistan's two biggest cities — failed to live up to the hype as Lahore managed just 134-7 after winning the toss and batting on a flat National Stadium pitch.

With Azam, the world number two batsman in Twenty20 international rankings, on Karachi's side it proved an easy chase, despite losing three wickets from 110-2 to 124-5.

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