Lahore Qalandars win Super Over in confusion-filled climax
Confusion-filled drama ensued as Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings were involved in a tie that took the game into the Super Over.
The final over of Qalandars’ chase saw them need 15 runs off the over bowled by left-arm pacer Usman Khan. They were kept in the game by Sohail Akhtar’s cameo as he picked 12 runs off the first three balls. The next ball was a dot that also resulted in a run out which brought the equation down to four off two balls, which was further narrowed down to three off the last ball.
The real drama started at this point with Akhtar being caught at long on off the final delivery, only for the umpires to make a delayed check for overstepping. As it turned out, Usman had overstepped by a big margin. With a run coming for the no-ball and a free hit to follow, there was pandemonium to adjudge exactly how many runs Qalandar needed off the last ball. The umpires finally reckoned that the two batsman crossing over wouldn’t count as a run because the ball was dead as soon as the catch was taken. So Qalandars entered the final ball with two required and the wrong batsman on strike. Gulraiz Sadaf, who had crossed over by the time the catch was taken, went on to take the free hit but only a single resulted off the final delivery taking the game into the Super Over, even as the entire Qalandars outfit stood by the boundary line with confusion writ large on their faces.
After much discussion between the umpires and skipper Brendon McCullum the Super Over finally came into play. Qalandar managed 12 in that one bowled by Mohammad Amir with skipper McCullum hitting a boundary. But Karachi Kings entered their turn needing only 11 runs in their Super Over (by virtue of hitting more boundaries in the innings) to be bowled by Sunil Narine. But Narine’s variety was too good for Karachi in that over, who fell four runs short.
Earlier in the day, Karachi Kings had been helped to a competitive total of 163 through Lendl Simmons and Babar Azam who scored fifties after the early loss of Joe Denly in the third over. With Simmons dealing the counterpunches and Azam staying resolute, Karachi entered the second phase of the game with their spirits high.
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