Pakistan captain Babar Azam will lead Peshawar Zalmi in their first match of the season against Imad Wasim-led Karachi Kings. The 2020 Pakistan Super League winners, Karachi have only reached the final once.
Playing against his former side, Babar lost the toss and was put into bat at the National Stadium in Karachi. He found himself facing up against Amir in the opening over of the contest.
Ahead of the clash, Amir had made headlines after speaking to local media, stating: “My job is to take wickets and win matches for my team, so for me, facing Babar or a tailender batting at number 10 will be the same.”
With youngster Muhammad Haris smashing Mohammad Amir for a brilliant four to start the innings. Babar also smashed a solid cover drive against Amir in the first over. The two stars faced off again in the sixth over of the match where Amir drifted off his line, bowling a relatively easier delivery down the leg side. Babar simply flicked the ball away to the boundary, adding to Amir’s frustration.
Watch: Babar’s flicked the ball away to the boundary, adding to Amir’s frustration.
On the next delivery, Babar played out a defensive shot straight at Amir and the bowler, unable to contain his frustration, threw the ball in direction of the batter. It wasn’t aimed at Babar, though, as the wicketkeeper collected the ball.
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