Karachi Kings clinched their maiden Pakistan Super League (PSL) title after thrashing the Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in a low-scoring final on Tuesday. Chasing a paltry target of 135 runs, Kings got off to a steady start with Babar Azam once again playing classic innings against Sohail Akhtar-led side.

Babar stitched a 61-run partnership with Windies wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton. The 26-year-old batsman struck an unbeaten  63 runs off 49 balls, laced with seven boundaries. His stellar performance against the Lahore Qalandars at the National Stadium in Karachi also earned him the Man of the Match award.

Following Karachi Kings’ historic PSL win, captain Imad Wasim paid homage to Dean Jones, who died of a heart attack in September. Imad dedicated his team’s first-ever title win to the Australian legend.

Jones was appointed as Karachi’s coach ahead of the fifth edition of PSL in March. Later, Wasim Akram stepped in as his replacement during the playoffs.

Speaking in a post-match presentation, Imad said, “Dean Jones, of course, gets credit because what he taught us, very few coaches in the world can. Wasim Akram, deserves the trophy because he was our bowling coach, head coach, mentor, and team president rolled in one. It is an honour to captain this franchise.”

Furthermore, the former Pakistan player, Akram also acknowledged Jones’ contributions.

“It’s for Dean Jones and of course for the fans of Karachi, you have been waiting for this for 5 years. Congratulations Karachi Kings and our skipper Imad Wasim,” the 54-year-old said in a video posted by ICC on Twitter.

 

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