Lahore Qalandars set 135-run target for Karachi Kings in PSL V final
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Lahore Qalandars have set a 135-run target for Karachi Kings to chase in the much-awaited finale of the 2020 Pakistan Super League being played at the Karachi National Stadium. The final is being played after a gap of nearly eight months after the PSL's fifth edition came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Qalandars got off to a strong start, with Fakhar Zaman and Tamim Iqbal putting 30 runs on the scoreboard between them in five overs. By the end of the 10th over, the duo managed to score 68 runs for Qalandars without any loss of wicket. The spell was broken soon after, however, with Tamim Iqbal (35 off 38) falling to Umaid Asif, who also dismissed Fakhar Zaman (27 off 24) three balls later. Both openers were caught by Iftikhar Ahmed. More good news followed for the Kings, with in-form Mohammad Hafeez (2 from 4) caught by Babar Azam off skipper Imad Wasim on the first ball of the 12th over. He was replaced by Samit Patel, who contributed five runs from eight balls before being caught off Arshad Iqbal. Qalandars were 94-4 at the end of 15 overs. Ben Dunk (11 off 144) also fell to Arshad Iqbal, taken at deep midwicket by Babar. Captain Sohail Akhtar (14 off 14) and Muhammad Faizan (0) were both dismissed by Waqas Maqsood. Shaheen Afridi hit a six and a four in the very last over as the Qalandars finished their innings at 134-7. Qalandars earlier won the toss and decided to bat first against hosts Karachi Kings. The showdown will produce a first-time winner in either Kings or Qalandars. Because the match is being played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions, the usual enthusiastic support of the two sides' vocal fans is conspicuously absent. "The way our momentum has been built up and the positive cricket we are playing means we're confident of putting up a good show," said Qalandars' skipper Sohail Akhtar after winning the toss, according to EspnCricinfo. Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim said: "We'll just have to be at our best and hold our nerve. This is just cricket, not war, and we have to trust our process."