NUT Desk- KARACHI: Karachi Kings heaved a sigh of relief in the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 at the Sheilch Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi late on Thursday night as they edged past old foes Lahore Qalandars by a slender margin of seven runs to bring their playoff aspirations back on track.
In a game of great significance for the defending champions, they had to regroup following their horrendous defeat to Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday; they needed inspiration, which came from an unlikely source in the shape of an unknown teenager from Afghanistan,
as Noor Ahmed Lakanwal aged just 16 years and 166 days dismissed Ben Dunk and Mohammad H afeez to derail Lahore`s chase of 177 in a brilliant spell of unorthodox left-arm spin. Lahore, however, then changed the script dramatically when Tim David (34 off 14 balls, three sixes) and James Faulkner (33 off 18, three sixes))thrashed58runsin25 balls to rekindle some hopes in their camp.
The result still leaves Karachi battling in a four-way tie to grab three remaining places for next week`s playoffs. With currently secondplaced Peshawar Zalmi already completing their league-round schedule, the games involving Karachi, Lahore and Multan Sultans would decide which sides go through.