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Amir takes hat-trick as Karachi Kings easily overcome Lahore Qalandars

DUBAI: Mohammad Amir became the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as Karachi Kings handed Lahore Qalandars an eight-wicket drubbing on Friday.

Kings captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and decided to put his bowlers to test against a fiery Lahore Qalandars batting line-up at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

But there were no fireworks from the Qalandars who were restricted for a paltry 125/8 in their 20 overs, a total which was surpassed by the Kings in just 15.5 overs courtesy Lendl Simmons (62) and Shakib Al Hasan (52).

Earlier, the Qalandars suffered a shock after hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle was dismissed in the first over by Malik. Captain Azhar Ali attempted to resurrect the innings but like the first day, the batsmen found it difficult to find any fluency on a pitch ideal for spin bowling.

Only Mohammad Rizwan, with 37, showed some resistance.

And hopes of a late flourish were undone by Amir in the 19th over of the innings as the 23-year-old dismissed Dwayne Bravo, Zohaib Khan and Kevon Cooper with consecutive deliveries.


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