Simons was bold out by fast incoming delivery of Wahab Riaz. He made 9 runs. The second one to go out quickly in the 5th over was the opener Nauman Anwar. He was terribly run out by Shahid Yousaf on 14. Vince and Imad Wasim took charge of the innings, they were supposed to take Karachi home, and they never looked like they could make it by playing poorly. Especially Imad Wasim showed some very suicidal tendency and threw his wicket away. Vince showed some resistance with 44 runs including a big six. He was the batsman out with 157.14 run rate. Imad went for a duck.
There was still depth in the batting down below with Shoaib Malik and Shakib Ul Hasan. Both have been impressive so far. But Shahid Afridi removed Shoaib on 1 run when he played a terrible hit in the hands of Asghar.
It was all Bopara in the lower middle order who became the hero for Karachi with his all round ability with the bat. Bopara took the responsibility on his shoulders when the above order miserably failed against Zalmi team. Bopara was joined by Sohail tanveer as a last hope. At that time it was predicted that the match is over for Karachi. But Bopara and Tanvir showed real class. Bopara smashed the Zalmi bowlers around with 4 sixes and 5 boundaries. Sohail Tanvir also got super charged and hit 2 lovely sixes to join Bopara with the fight back.
Sohail was unfortunate one to go out first in the 19th over. He was dismiss by Wahab Riaz. Wahab is a dangerous wicket taker in the final overs. He removed the dangerous Sohail. Bopara still fought till the last over. The match went down right to the wire when Karachi was so close to the victory target. Usama and Muhammad Amir down the list could not deliver the sixes and at least a boundary needed in the last over. It was an easy target in the end but the tail Enders just remained short of 2 runs to level the scores. The match could not be tied, and Zalmi won the match with 3 runs.
They got 179 runs in the end giving a higher standing to Peshawar on the points table. Wahab Riaz took 2 wickets and the others shared one wicket each with him. Muhammad Hafeez was the player of the match with most incredible hitting in the first innings.