KARACHI: Karachi Kings dominated with the bat and ball as they defeated Lahore Qalandars by five wickets on Tuesday to lift the trophy of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) here at National Stadium.

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While chasing a modest target of 135, Kings were dealt an early blow as they lost left-hand opener Sharjeel for 13 in the fourth over.

Babar looked in exquisite form as he dispatched Qalandars’ bowlers for few stylish boundaries in the powerplay. England’s Alex Hales (11) was also looking comfortable at the crease before his stumps were castled by pacer Dilbar Hussain, with Kings on 49.

Babar continued to surge towards the target as he combined with wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton for a 61-run partnership. Dilbar came back to pick his second wicket as he removed Walton for 22,

With Karachi still needing 11 from the last three overs, Haris Rauf struck on back to back deliveries to remove Iftikhar Ahmed(4) and Sherfane Rutherford (0).

Despite the late hiccup, Babar’s unbeaten 63 from 49 balls, was enough to take Karachi over the finish line.

Earlier, Karachi Kings restricted Lahore Qalandars to 134/7 after being asked to field first.

Tamim Iqbal found it difficult to time the ball early on, while Fakhar Zaman tried to play his shots from the get go. The opening duo could only manage 68 runs in the first 10 overs courtesy of disciplined bowling by Karachi bowlers. Umaid Asif was finally rewarded in the 11th over as he dismissed both openers, Tamim (35) and Fakhar (27), as they tried to accelerate the innings.

Kings captain Imad Wasim then returned to inflict further damage on Qalandars as he removed the in-form all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez for just two runs.

Lahore kept losing wickets at regular intervals as pacer Arshad Iqbal picked the important scalps of Ben Dunk (11) and Samit Patel (5).

Sohail Akhtar was hoping to play a captain’s knock in the final but was only able to muster 14 runs. A few big hits from all-rounder David Wiese and tailender Shaheen Afridi helped Qalandars reach a fighting total.

The Pakistan Super League 2020 champions Karachi Kings have dedicated their victory to their late coach Dean Jones, saying that it was his hard work that enabled them to achieve the task.

The Karachi Kings’ coach filling in for Jones, Wasim Akram, said: “Of course this win is for Dean Jones […] it’s the late Jones’ hard work that had brought this about.”

Last week, the fifth edition of the PSL resumed with a tribute to Jones.

“Forever in our hearts, Deano!” read the screen as the players of Karachi Kings (KK) and Multan Sultans honoured Deano with a minute-long silence and forming the letter ‘D’.

After coaching Islamabad United for four editions, Deano joined the KK team earlier this year.

In September, former Australian batsman and a much-beloved commentator and mentor of the game Dean Jones passed away in India.

According to reports by Indian media, the 59-year-old suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai, where he had been invited to work as a commentator during the Indian Premier League.

The Aussie great had served as head coach to the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings and previously as coach and mentor to winning side Islamabad United in 2016 and 2018.