Chasing or defending, Kings have been comfortably outplayed in each game so far
Peshawar Zalmi 173 for 4 (Malik 52*, Zazai 41, Asif 3-36) beat Karachi Kings 164 for 6 (Babar 90*, Cockbain 31, Umar 3-22) by nine runs
It came down to Aamer Yamin to reduce the chasm between balls and runs, and a couple of clobbered sixes off Usman Qadir helped somewhat. But a tight 17th over from Salman Irshad was followed up by a destructive one from Umar, who removed Yamin and Imad Wasim in three balls to turn the game decisively in Zalmi’s favour.
With the game effectively over as a contest, Babar finally found his range, finishing the game with three successive fours. That return of personal form, however, is unlikely to provide much succour to the Pakistan captain, who leads the franchise that props up the PSL table with four successive defeats.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000