After a hat trick of defeats, Karachi Kings finally beat Lahore Qalandars by 67 runs to secure their maiden victory in the eighth match of the ongoing eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Bank Cricket Arena. Cricket fans are jubilant as they have forgotten and forgiven Karachi’s losing streak in the last three matches.
Clinical performance by the @KarachiKingsARY gets them their BIGGEST victory in the HBL PSL, that too against rivals @lahoreqalandars.
Fans, thoughts on today's game?#SabSitarayHumaray | #HBLPSL8 l #KKvLQ pic.twitter.com/tJ1wWokRiE
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 19, 2023
Batting first, Karachi Kings posted a competitive 186-run target on the scoreboard before bowling out Lahore Qalandars for 118 runs in 17.3 overs. Captain Imad Wasim scored an unbeaten 35 off 19 to support his team before cramping the Lahore batters for runs, effectively wrapping up Lahore’s innings.
Let’s have a look at the points table of PSL 8
Fans as usual took utilized this opportunity and posted hilarious memes to the micro-blogging site. Have a look
Karachi Kings finally 😎#BackOurGirls | #HBLPSL8 #KKvsLQ | #PSL8 | #PSL2023 pic.twitter.com/VTg5iskhso
— nobody (LQ) (@to_mani) February 20, 2023
How Karachi Kings beat Lahore Qalandars 😎#PSL8 #LQvKK #ShaheenAfridi #KKvsLQ #PSL2023 #ImadWasim pic.twitter.com/xsyYop5z99
— AFRIDI-●-FAN (@Sadiqessot786) February 20, 2023
situation right now 😆😆#KKvsLQ #YeHaiKarachi pic.twitter.com/gel5FMPRcS
— Syeda Kainat Zehra Naqvi (@HumSeHaiZamana) February 19, 2023
Karachi fans be like//: #KKvsLQ pic.twitter.com/9Bxm8vv4Mj
— 𝐙𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐑🕊 (@iiZub22) February 19, 2023
Me after seeing Lahore losing : #KKvsLQ pic.twitter.com/Tr2AkUvpVD
— Tumazir Zahid || Lahore Qalandar (@maazirr) February 19, 2023
Karachi Kings just today
– Registered biggest win of PSL 2023
– Completed first team hat-trick of PSL 8
– Won 3rd game in last 15 PSL matches
– Won 1st game of this season
– Wasim Akram smiled
– "Karachi Dharay Ga" is alive#HBLPSL8 #KKvsLQ #HBLPSL2023 pic.twitter.com/oowwOOSIRk
— Ahmad Haseeb (@iamAhmadhaseeb) February 19, 2023
Me asking LQ Fans : Where is LQ on Point’s Table?
Them:#KKvsLQ | #LQvsKK | #HBLPSL8 pic.twitter.com/CUjhFnKour
— Ehtisham Siddique (@iMShami_) February 19, 2023
Good Morning 🥱#KKvsLQ pic.twitter.com/HRu0fu5Vid
— SAAD 🇵🇰 (@SaadIrfan258) February 20, 2023
The #happiest face of our #lala ❤️@im_afridi
.#HBLPSL8 #HBLPSL2023 #LQvsKK #KKvsLQ #shahidafridi #PSLAnthem pic.twitter.com/hAfwJNpCZF
— 🇵🇸🇵🇰ع ی ن ی (@AnsariAnum_) February 19, 2023
Karachi Kings be like;#HBLPSL8 #LQvKK pic.twitter.com/LD9ywcPIw8
— Thatonegirl (@koifaraknhparta) February 19, 2023
Lahories Right now #HBLPSL8 #LQvsKK #PSL08 pic.twitter.com/oJDFldAGyg
— سيدhaider (@pashtoSarcastic) February 19, 2023
Karachi Kings to Points Table after today's win against Lahore Qalandars 😂😂#HBLPSL8 #PSL8#PSL2023#HBLPSL2023 #KKvsLQ pic.twitter.com/fM0GIRgc3A
— R³حmāن 🔗 🇵🇰 (@afriidy) February 19, 2023
Shahid Afridi Praises Karachi Kings
Star ex-cricketer Afridi, who attended the high-voltage clash of the PSL 8 at National Bank Cricket Arena, expressed that the win was crucial for Karachi Kings after back-to-back defeats.
“It is essential for the PSL that Karachi Kings stay in the tournament,” he said in an informal talk to reporters.” They played well today and won against a good side.”
When asked about the emerging stars in the ongoing PSL, especially Peshawar Zalmi’s Saim Ayub, the former all-rounder opined that one should judge the youngsters with such haste.
Exclusive moments from the Kings' camp after last night's victory 💙❤️#YehHaiKarachi | #KKvLQ | #HBLPSL8 pic.twitter.com/pHulTr61ni
— Karachi Kings (@KarachiKingsARY) February 20, 2023
“Let the tournament concludes first and then we should judge their overall performance,” he said. “We should not overrate them after one or two matches. This adds additional pressure on them.”
“Let the players enjoy their cricket,” he remarked.
For the unversed, Karachi Kings had a terrible start to their PSL 8 campaign as they lost their three initial games of the season to Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators.
Which team are you supporting in PSL8?