PSL 2019, Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Highlights: The second game of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 turned out to be an absolute belter. Chasing 184 runs, Multan Sultans’ Masood and Evans were going at run a ball pace until Shoaib Malik arrived and took the game to Karachi. With the required rate hovering around 13 an over, it looked like a tough chase until Shoaib Karachi took Ravi Bopara to the cleaners with 24 from an over. Just as Sultans looked to be taking the game away, Amir and Shinwari struck to arrest the flow of runs.
Afridi and Azam added late runs and the chase once again looked alive by Amir struck to take his tally to four wickets and take the game away from Sultans. In the end, Sultans fell 7 runs short.
Earlier, Kings put together 183/6 from the 20 overs with Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone providing a thumping start to Karachi – putting together 157 runs for the opening wicket – the highest stand, for any wicket, in PSL history.
But, Livingstone’s departure put the brakes on Karachi’s smooth flow of runs as no one stepped up to take control or play a cameo role. Chris Green took three wickets to keep the pressure on as Karachi scored just 34 runs from last five overs.
PSL 2019, Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Score and Updates:
ALL OVER! KARACHI WIN!
A boundary on the second last ball but a dot ball to close it out. Multan Sultans are stopped on 176/9 and Karachi Kings win by 7 runs. Much closer than they would have liked. Truthfully, it could have gone either way. Wasim Akram and Mickey Arthur's happy faces at the end said it all. A few overs more of Shoaib Malik and it may have been a different result. As it stands, though, a win for Karachi to start their PSL campaign.
BOWLED 'EM! Mohammed Ilyas plays across the line and a golden duck for him. Sohail Khan picking his second wicket. Full, fast and swings in and Ilyas misses it completely. Multan Sultans are 172/9
Chris Green is holed out at long on as Sohail Khan strikes. Comfortable catch for Colin Ingram. Slower back of a length delivery, Green backs away and flat bats it to long on fielder. Green walks after scoring 6 runs from 5 balls. Multan Sultans are 172/8
Shahid Afridi first and now Hammad Azam. Mohammad Amir gets rid of two Multan players in an over and the chase is all but over. Multan are 168/7 after 19 overs.
EQUATION: 16 needed from 6 balls
Is that game over? For good? Shahid Afridi comes down the track to Mohammad Amir and misses the ball completely. The ball rattles into the off stump and Karachi have the wicket they needed. Multan are 167/6 in the 19th over
Hammad Azam joining in the party and taking up the level as well. A four and a six to Sohail Khan to add to Afridi's double boundaries at the start. 20 runs from the over. Multan Sultans are 164/5 after 18 overs
EQUATION: 20 runs needed from 12 balls
FOUR! FOUR! FOUR!
Can Afridi keep this going? He's started off with three boundaries. One to Usman Shinwari and now back-to-back to Sohail Khan.
Final nail in the coffin? Shinwari gets rid of Shoaib Malik. Raza with a decent catch under pressure. Multan are 139/5 in the 17th over
EQUATION: 45 needed from 21 balls
Oh Andre Russell has thrown his wicket away and Mohammad Amir is elated. Russell walks back after scoring 9 runs from 5 balls. Big blow for Multan in this chase - someone who could have gotten them over the line is dismissed. Well outside off stump, Russell went chasing and gives away the outside edge to Rizwan. Multan are 137/4 after 16 overs.
Bit of yes-no between Shoaib Malik and Laurie Evans and the latter is short at the non-striker's end. Missed his flick, keeper did well to prevent extra runs, Evans looked behind and Malik was off his mark. Said no but then paid heed to his veteran partner. Shinwari throws at the stumps and the 72 run stand is broken. Evans dismissed for 49 runs from 39 balls. Multan are 124/3 after 15 overs
FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! FOUR! SIX!
Ravi Bopara has been smacked for 24 runs by Shoaib Malik. First one between deep square leg and mid wicket, next backward square leg, next backward point, next another towards back point. Next a six over long off. Follows it up with a double. 24 runs!
Review for Lbw
Usman Shinwari to Laurie Evans and it is a review for leg before. There is no bat involved. But it is missing leg and that means the Kings don't have any reviews left
Laurie Evans with back-to-back boundaries off Sohail Khan. First one is short and is hit behind square on the leg side. Next one is full and wide, sliced behind point for another boundary. Multan Sultans are 38/1 after 6 overs
Multan are out for the chase and lose Tom Moores early. Terrific low catch from Colin Ingram. Moores got a thick leading edge and the ball was dying in front of Ingram at cover, he timed his dive to perfection, got his fingers underneath the ball and clasped it inches above the turf. Amir strikes and Moores is gone for 1.
Karachi close on 183/6
Boundary down the ground from Sohail Khan's bat and Karachi Kings close out their innings on 183/6. Lost Rizwan earlier in the over as well. Based on the start, Karachi would have expected 10-15 runs more.
Slower one, well disguised by Junaid and Sikandar Raza fails to read it. Comes down the track trying to smack it out of the park but is done for by the slower one. Misses it completely and wicketkeeper Tom Moores dislodges the bails. Raza is run out for 4 from 6 balls and Karachi are 176/5
Sikandar Raza and Ravi Bopara in the middle to face the final over of Karachi's innings. Junaid Khan the bowler. Returns after being thrashed for 33 runs from 3 overs
Back-to-back wickets for Chris Green and he's put the brakes on the Karachi innings. Got Livingstone earlier and now he's got Babar Azam for 77 runs from 59 balls and Imad Wasim for 4 runs from 4 balls. Four runs from the over and two wickets from it. Karachi are 171/4 after 18 overs
Colin Ingram falls cheaply. Goes for just 1 run from two balls as Andre Russell strikes. Short ball, goes for the pull but doesn't get the distance needed to clear the rope. Masood is on the boundary rope to take it with ease. Karachi are 165/2 in the 17th over
And the opening wicket stand is broken. Chris Green strikes and Livingstone departs for 82 from 43 balls. Went after the slower delivery, sent it miles into the air and it has been taken by Andre Russell. Karachi are 157/1 in the 16th over
Signs of cramps to Babar Azam. But, then he darts down the track next ball to send a six straight down. Physio tending to him at the start of the over. Massaging his right knee. Immediately after the six, he goes down stretching his leg. This is the biggest opening wicket partnership in PSL history
15 overs gone
Single to bring to an end the 15th over of the Karachi innings. Livingstone with three consecutive sixes earlier in the over. Karachi are 149/0 after 15 overs
Record opening stand for Kings
Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone's partnership is the best start that Karachi Kings have had in their PSL history. They better the previous best of 72 runs between Babar Azam & Kumar Sangakkara against Peshawar Zalmi in 2017.
After Livingstone, now Babar Azam brings up his fifty. What a start these two have provided and Karachi look on course for a 200-run finish. Karachi Kings are 118/0 after 13 overs
Livingstone pounding the Sultans attack. Shahid Afridi gets smacked for a boundary and then a six. Livingstone brings up his fifty and Karachi are 105/0 after 11 overs.
Making most of the toss
Karachi won and the toss, opted to bat and they're making merry of that chance.
There have been 84 #HBLPSL matches - on only 18 occasions have the toss winners chosen to bat first. The overall bat first win percentage in the league is 36%. However, batting first is a better option in day matches in Dubai (win 42%) compared to day-night (win 33%). #MSvKK pic.twitter.com/QBBH81DyYN— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 15, 2019
Livingstone smacking Mohammad Ilyas for a six to add to the scoring rate. At the halfway stage, Karachi Kings are 93/0 with both Azam and Livingstone on 44.
Afridi, Russell come on to bowl
Change in bowling attack for Multan Sultans but no change in mood for the batting duo. Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell come on to bowl and Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone continue to go after the bowlers. Afridi going for double boundaries and same for Russell. Karachi up to 77/0 in eight overs
Karachi Kings 45/0 after five overs
A four and a six from Livingstone coupled by three boundaries from Azam and Karachi Kings are on to 45/0 after five overs. Chris Green going for 17 runs from two overs and Junaid Khan conceding 20 runs from his two overs.
Karachi Kings off to a flier
Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone have given Karachi Kings an explosive start. Azam on 20 from 14 and Livingstone on 19 from 14.
Captains at the toss
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim at the toss: "We gonna bat first. We are gelling together nicely we had a practice game and had a good couple of days here. Liam Livingstone, Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara and colin Ingram are the four foreign players for us."
Multan Sultans captain Shoaib Malik at the toss: " I wanted to do the same but the toss is not in your hands. Russell arrived yesterday and we have a quite a few big players and PSL is growing every year and I think it is a great sign for our cricket. Andre Russell, Tom Moores, Laurie Evans and Chris Green are our four foreign players."
TOSS: Karachi Kings have won the toss and chosen to bat
PSL 2019 Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans
Hello and welcome to our live blog on Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans. Both the teams will play their first match of the tournament and get a chance to test their new squads. Shoaib Malik wil be leading Sultans, while Karachi Kings will be led by Imad Wasim.