The fifth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 4 will be played at 9-00 pm on Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars. It is expected to be an interesting and tough contest as the teams belong to two biggest and important cities of Pakistan and have always been considered cricketing rivals to each other.
Both teams have played one match each in the fourth edition of the PSL as Karachi emerged victorious by seven runs in an exciting match against Multan Sultans on Friday while Lahore were unfortunately defeated by five wickets at the hands of Islamabad United in the inaugural match on Thursday.
Though Lahore got off to a good start as openers Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar provided a solid start of 97 runs. Then Faheem Ashraf and Waqas Maqsood brought Islamabad back in the match.
Fakhar top scored with a 44-ball 65 laced with three sixes and six fours while Sohail made a 30-ball 37. They lifted Qalandars to 171-8 and then pacer Rahat Ali captured four wickets to give Lahore some hopes but they were shattered by batting prowess of Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Faheem Ashraf.
On the other hand, openers Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam posted a record-breaking 157-run partnership to guide Karachi Kings to a seven-run triumph over Multan Sultans, who were restricted to 176-9 while chasing 184. Livingstone of England smashed a 42-ball 82 on his PSL debut while world’s best T20 batsman Babar hit a 59-ball 77.