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Quetta wins the PSL

Quetta Gladiators baffled Multan Sultans by 22 runs on Wednesday to earn their first victory in the Pakistan Super League.

In the first game, Babar Azam and Mohammad Nabi’s century partnership helped the reigning champion Karachi Kings beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.

With eight points from five games, Karachi has climbed to the forefront of the league. With six points, Peshawar is in second place.

However, Quetta’s win ended a 13-match winning streak for teams chasing down the goals since the match began on February 20.

For the fifth time in a row, Quetta lost the toss and was bowled out for 176-7, thanks to Usman Khan’s 81 off 50 balls.

Multan was bowled out for 154 in 19.3 overs after losing their last six wickets in 20 deliveries.

Ben Cutting missed a sitter of Imran Tahir at long-off after the legspinner had captain Mohammad Rizwan (66) and Sohail Khan (8) trapped in the deep-off consecutive deliveries in the 18th over denying Zahid Mahmood a hat trick.

Qais Ahmed (3-21) of Afghanistan had taken three wickets in his first three overs, halting Multan’s run chase.

After half of their league games, Multan and Quetta are tied for the last place in the six-team event with two points each.

Babar scored an undefeated 77 and Nabi 67 off 35 balls in Karachi’s solid chasing of 191-4 in 19.3 overs, and they shared a 118-run fourth-wicket standoff of 61 balls.

After being sent in to bat, Peshawar recovered from 3-34 to cross 188-5, with Ravi Bopara scoring an unbeaten 58 and Amad Butt scoring 27 off just seven deliveries.

Daniel Christian, a fast bowler, bowled the most valuable over in PSL history, conceding 32 runs in the last innings, as Butt smashed two sixes and three boundaries while conceding six wides.

Karachi benefited from Peshawar’s sloppy fielding, as Butt dropped a sitter from Nabi at deep midwicket with the Afghanistan batsman on 20. After hitting eight fours and four sixes, Nabi was eventually dismissed in the 17th over by Saqib Mahmood (2-41).

Karachi benefited from Peshawar’s sloppy fielding, as Butt missed a sitter from Nabi at deep midwicket with the Afghanistan batsman on 20. After hitting eight fours and four sixes, Nabi was eventually dismissed in the 17th over by Saqib Mahmood (2-41).

With a six-off Butt over midwicket, Babar reached his third half-century of the season off 35 deliveries before Christian finished the game with a dribbled boundary.

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