Peshawar and Karachi record one-sided victories in PSL

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan Super League leader Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings earned one-sided victories as chasing teams continued to prosper on Saturday.

Peshawar won a third straight match and handed Islamabad United their first defeat by six wickets.

Also, Babar Azam hit a second successive half-century for Karachi to beat Multan Sultans by seven wickets.

All 10 round-robin matches have been won by the teams chasing after their skippers won the toss and opted to field.

Peshawar, led by captain Wahab Riaz’s personal best PSL figures of 4-17, dismissed two-time champion Islamabad for the season’s lowest total of 118 in 17.1 overs. Alex Hales top-scored with 41.

Peshawar cruised to 122-4 with 17 balls to spare. Haider Ali hit three sixes and three fours in 36 off 18 balls.

Peshawar was 6-2 but Tom Kohler-Cadmore (46) and Shoaib Malik (29 not out) steadied the chase and Haider finished off.

Earlier, Babar’s unbeaten 90 off 60 balls — including 13 fours and a six — led Karachi to a winning 198-3 with seven balls to spare against Multan.

Englishman Joe Clarke, 54 off 26 balls, helped to take the game from Multan by combining with Babar in a stand of 97 runs. Clarke smashed four sixes against spinners Shahid Afridi and Khushdil Shah and added three boundaries.

Multan spoiled a blistering start by Chris Lynn — 32 off 14 balls — for 72-1 after six overs, and was restricted to 195-6.

Multan's slide began when James Vince (45) and skipper Mohammad Rizwan (43) fell in successive overs.

Karachi's fast bowlers also leaked only one boundary in the last five overs.

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