Shoaib played well against all the spinner like Nawaz and Zulfiqar Babar. Babar also tried to take the wicket of captain but Malik intelligently blocked him. He kept rotating the strike with occasional singles and dot balls. He kept his cool and his wicket as well. Until 15th over, Umar Gul was back in the attack. Malik saw the opportunity, he knows the team mate Umar Gul so well, he had hit him for his first boundary towards the deep mid-wicket.
Shoaib was set at that time and was opening his arms. He followed Muhammad Nabi in the next over and hit another boundary. The big sixer from Shoaib came in the 17th over when Zulfiqar Babar came into the attack. He silently played the Anwar Ali and did not tried to hit hard. Umar Gul became his worst victim again in the 20th over. The last over was a hit or a miss for Shoaib. After losing his best partner Bopara for 40, Malik took the charge in last over. Shoaib hit Anwar Ali in the last over for four. That was really a fantastic shot through the legs. Then Anwar Ali bowled a wide ball,
The next ball Shoaib faced became a dot ball, that’s when the skipper decided to do something better on the last 2 balls, The 5th ball from Anwar Ali was also a wide, due to which a big misunderstanding happened between the two batsmen. Malik wanted a second run on the wide ball, the fielder was hurls. Malik was running fast his second run but the throw at the keeper’s end won the race and captain got out for his team. The 25 balls he played at a strike rate of 148 is marvelous captain’s knock.
Shoaib Malik’s valuable 37 runs of 29 balls for Karachi Kings
Shoaib really sacrificed his wicket in the last over for his team. He played a brilliant and intelligent knock of 37 runs. Will they be eve r enough to win their team again in the tournament, let’s see!