Dan Christian is the most relieved man at Karachi National Stadium after setting a winning streak on the oddest day for a veteran Australian player in the Pakistani Super League.
The veteran King of Karachi is embarrassed after being crushed for 32 runs, the most conceded in PSL, at the end of Zalmi’s Peshawar round on Wednesday.
But the 37-year-old made amends late in the Karachi chase, hitting a crucial 16 unbeaten from nine balls and partnering brilliantly Babar Azam for a six-goal win.
The Sydney Sixer, who took six more critical shots in the penultimate, flicked the winning streak into the midwicket with three deliveries remaining, his shot misdirected by the ropes.
Christian had not looked so happy before after being taken to the cleaners in the final Peshawar ended when allround player Amad Butt loved his bowling, smashing two sixs and three four from the last game.
Christian’s Over also includes two widths, one of which goes for the limit, and ends at a cost of 32.
That gave Peshawar a 5-188 lead, which was achieved largely thanks to 58 of England Ravi Bopara’s 40 unbeaten balls and 46 of 32, including three six, from West Indian Sherfane Rutherford.
Karachi, however, always seems to have the size of a Peshawar in pursuit, which is aided by a few bad blocks.
Brilliant Babar timed his innings expertly as he got an unbeaten 77 from 47 balls and shared in another key partnership of 118 with Mohammad Nabi, who broke 67 big shots from 35 balls, featuring four six.
That leaves Babar at 5,999 career runs after 164 T20 games and he will be second fastest of the landmark 6,000 after Chris Gayle, who achieved it in 162 strokes.
In the following match, Australia’s Ben Cutting was also on the winning side as the Quetta Gladiator finally posted their first win, beating Multan Sultan by 22 runs.
But everyone around was also embarrassed to drop off a nanny who was supposed to send Imran Tahir packing.
On the other hand, a missed opportunity saw teammate Zahid Mahmood miss a hat-trick after the legspinner knocked out Mohammad Rizwan (66) and Sohail Khan (8) in succession.
Quetta previously scored 7-176 thanks to batsman Usman Khan’s 81 opening from 50 balls.
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