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Hodge’s belligerence sinks Karachi Kings

Hodge’s belligerence sinks Karachi Kings

DUBAI: Brad Hodge scored a blazing 45-ball 85 as Peshawar Zalmi overcame a top-order wobble to record a five-wicket victory over Karachi Kings in the penultimate league-round fixture of the HBL Pakistan Super League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Under overcast conditions, Hodge launched a calculated counter-attack on Kings’ bowlers to help his side chase down 153 with nine balls to spare.

The Kings, who had a chance to seal a play-offs berth with a win, were now depending on Islamabad United to beat Lahore Qalandars in the Wednesday’ night’s last game to qualify. Zalmi, on the other hand, will finish the group stages at the top of the table.




Hodge’s innings, left Kings rattled. On a pitch on which Zalmi captain Shahid Afridi reckoned would need 180 to feel safe, they managed only 152-7, with Lendl Simmons top-scoring with 49.

The Kings though, began their defence in the best possible manner. Having been hit for a four off the first delivery of the innings, Mohammad Amir slipped in a quick short delivery to Mohammad Hafeez and had him mistiming a pull to square leg. No boundaries were scored from thereon until the fifth over as Amir and Sohail Khan hit a nagging length outside off.

The pressure on the Zalmi batsmen eventually showed as Bilawal Bhatti sent back Dawid Malan, who top edged a pull to wicket-keeper.

Hodge and James Allenby lifted the score to 58 when Allenby (31 off 29 balls) was trapped by Usama Mir. Afridi also fell LBW to Bilawal in successive overs to leave them 70-4 in the 12th over before Hodge took over.

The 41-year-old was in complete control as he pulled and hooked with finesse to ht half a dozen sixes and as many fours during his 45-ball man-of-the-match knock.

Zalmi, earlier, rung in as many as six changes to the side that faced Quetta Gladiators in their last game while Karachi introduced Riki Wessels.

But the son of former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels lasted all of six deliveries before Simmons called him for a second run and an accurate throw from the deep by Aamir Yamin caught him just short of his crease.

Simmons then took control of the Karachi innings, slamming a six each of Afridi and Rehman before his promising innings was cut short by an Afridi googly that took the inside edge on its way to hitting the top of off.

Scoreboard

KARACHI KINGS:

L.M.P. Simmons b Afridi 49 Shahzaib Hasan c Kamran b Hasan 18 M.H. Wessels run out 3 Shoaib Malik c Imran b Aamir 15 R.S. Bopara c and b Imran 23 Shakib Al Hasan c Rehman b Sammy 11 Bilawal Bhatti not out 15 Sohail Khan run out 7 Usama Mir not out 2

EXTRAS (LB-1, W-5, NB-3) 9

TOTAL (for seven wkts, 20 overs) 152

FALL OF WKTS: 1-41, 2-53, 3-83, 4-97, 5-127, 6-134, 7-147.

DID NOT BAT: Saifullah Khan Bangash, Mohammad Amir.

BOWLING: Aamir Yamin 3-0-21-1 (2nb, 1w); Hasan Ali 4-0-27-1; Imran Khan Jr 4-0-35-1 (1nb, 1w); Shahid Afridi 4-0-27-1 (1w); Abdur Rehman 3-0-28-0 (2w); Sammy 4-0-13-1.

PESHAWAR ZALMI:

Mohammad Hafeez c Wessels b Amir 4 D.J. Malan c Saifullah b Bilawal 8 J. Allenby lbw b Usama 31 B.J. Hodge not out 85 Shahid Afridi lbw b Bilawal 5 Kamran Akmal run out 8 D.J.G. Sammy not out 11

EXTRAS (LB-3, W-3) 6

TOTAL (for five wkts, 18.3 overs) 158

FALL OF WKTS: 1-4, 2-25, 3-58, 4-69, 5-121.

DID NOT BAT: Aamir Yamin, Abdur Rehman, Hasan Ali, Imran Khan Jr.

BOWLING: Mohammad Amir 4-0-29-1 (1w); Sohail Khan 2.3-0-14-0; Bilawal Bhatti 4-0-36-2; Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-13-0; Usama Mir 4-0-47-1 (1w); Bopara 1-0-16-0.

RESULT: Peshawar Zalmi won by five wickets.

UMPIRES: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) and Shozab Raza (Pakistan).

TV UMPIRE: J.S. Wilson (West Indies).

MATCH REFEREE: R.S. Mahanama (Sri Lanka).

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Brad Hodge (Peshawar Zalmi).

Published in Dawn, February 18th, 2016

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