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'It's a good thing that he got out': Clarke rips apart Babar Azam after 42-ball 46 in PSL qualifier - WATCH

Multan Sultans qualified for their fourth consecutive final in the Pakistan Super League after beating Peshawar Zalmi in the first qualifier of the 2024 edition. Zalmi, whose batting has revolved around skipper Babar Azam, failed to live up to the expectations in a crunch game.

Written By: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Published on: March 15, 2024 9:34 IST
Babar Azam was slow to get off the blocks as he played a
Image Source : AP Babar Azam was slow to get off the blocks as he played a 46-run knock in the first qualifier of PSL 9 against Multan Sultans at a lowly strike rate of 109

In-form Peshawar Zalmi, who were coming into the playoffs on the back of three wins in a row, saw their campaign come to a stuttering halt against the table-toppers Multan Sultans in the first qualifier of the 2024 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday, March 14 in Karachi. Zalmi, who bossed the league stage riding on their powerful all-round batting unit, saw it struggle on the night it mattered. Some outstanding bowling from Multan Sultans, coupled with a slow Karachi track meant that the Zalmi could only post 146 runs on the board.

Skipper Babar Azam was the highest scorer for Zalmi again, however, his 46-run knock took 42 balls and didn't help the 2017 champions' cause as their batting innings never got going.While many fans felt the same that Babar's wicket would bring the much-needed momentum, former Australian skipper Michael Clarke mentioned the same on air without any filter.

As soon as Chris Jordan with a pitch-perfect yorker cleaned up Babar, Clarke on live commentary said, "Very rarely do you say it's a good thing when Babar gets out. You never want him to get out because he's an absolute class player. He has been in terrific form. But, maybe maybe the extra power here, looking for boundaries, I think that's where they are at now. I think they got to go a fraction harder and I think they have got to risk it all to try and get above that 170-mark."

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When Babar got out it felt like the Zalmi would get a move on with the likes of Rovman Powell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Paul Walter to come. However, it wasn't the case as in trying to up the ante, the Zalmi batters kept losing wickets and eventually fell 15-20 runs short. Sultans chased the total down without much fuss with Yasir Khan smashing a half-century while Iftikhar Ahmed played a quickfire cameo of 22 off just 8 balls.

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