Drama in Dubai: Lahore beat Karachi in super over thriller


DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars pulled an upset by knocking down mighty Karachi Kings in a super over in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League’s third edition at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Courtesy half-centuries by top-order batsmen Babar Azam and  Lendl Simmons, Karachi Kings scored 163 runs against Lahore Qalandars.

In a dramatic chase, the McCullum-led team levelled the score on the last delivery of the innings, taking the game into the tournament’s second super over.

Qalandars’ top-order batsman Agha Salman contributed with his 50 off 45, but it was the short fiery blitz by Sohail Akhtar which changed the game as his 15 runs off eight balls, including a six and a boundary brought the unthinkable into reality.


The game went for a super over in which playing first, Qalandars gave a target of 12 runs to the Kings.

Second Innings

Muhammad Irfan (Junior) took the wicket of Anton Devcich on the very first ball of his over.  Devcich missed the leg-side flick which led the ball to hit the middle stump.

The in-form opener-batsman Fakhar Zaman fell prey to set up put by the Kings as he slogged towards a mid-wicket area, the ball landed safely in the hands of Denly.

Fast bowler Usman Khan Shinwari turned the tables in Kings’ favour by dismissing Agha Salman and skipper McCullum in his over.

First Innings

Kings’ opener Joe Denly (3) departed after giving an easy catch to skipper McCullum on a flighted delivery of legspinner Yasir Shah.

Fast bowler Sohail Khan provided a much-needed relief to the Qalandars by taking down the wicket of Lendl Simmons. The opener set up a strong base for the Kings with his knock of 55 runs off 39 balls, with eight boundaries and one six on the strike of 141.02.

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