A stunning spell of seam and swing bowling from Mohammad Amir helped Karachi Kings record their second successive victory in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as Peshawar Zalmi faltered with both bat and ball in the night game played on Monday.
Kings who defeated Islamabad United by five wickets last night owed their win to the leader of their pace attack, the left-armer Mohammad Amir who was later adjudged player of the match as they romped home in their 152- run chase for the loss of four wickets in 18.1 overs.
The win has given Kings six points after five games; they have jumped to number three in the HBL PSL 2020 points table behind table-toppers Multan Sultans and number two placed Quetta Gladiators.
Amir rolled back the years with a special seam and swing performance in the opening over of the match as he dismissed right-handers Tom Banton (lbw) and Haider Ali (bowled) with sharp inswinging deliveries.
The left-armer than added two more wickets in his second spell as Zalmi were restricted to a below-par 151 for eight total after Kings captain Imad Wasim won the toss and opted to bat field. Amir was well supported by pacers Amir Yamin (1-22, 4 overs) and Chris Jordan (2-33, 4 overs).
The veteran Shoaib Malik played a resilient 68-run innings (55 balls, six fours, one six) to ensure Zalmi at least went past the 150-run mark. He added 47 runs with Liam Livingstone (25) and 57 with Lewis Gregory (25).