Charles helps Sultans end disappointing campaign on high note

West Indies stroke-maker Johnson Charles

KARACHI, Pakistan, CMC – West Indies batsman Johnson Charles extended his decent form to help Multan Sultans thrash Lahore Qalanders by seven wickets in their final preliminary round match of the Pakistan Super League here yesterday.

Chasing 141 at the National Stadium here, Sultans reached their target in the 13th over, with the right-handed Charles finishing on 41 not out.

He put on 53 for the third wicket with Pakistani left-hander Shan Masood who top-scored with 48 off 25 deliveries with eight fours and a six.

Charles, who has not played for West Indies in three years, also faced 25 deliveries while striking five fours and a brace of sixes.

Masood had earlier put on 50 for the second wicket with opener James Vince who blasted a 14-ball 25, with two fours and sixes.

Sent in earlier, Lahore managed only 140 for eight off their 20 overs, with opener Fakhar Zaman stroking 53 off 36 deliveries while David Wiese chipped in with 30 from 22 balls.

Sultans finished fifth and Qalanders, last, to both miss out on the playoffs in the six-team competition.

In the other match of the doubleheader, Darren Sammy’s Peshewar Zalmi brushed aside Karachi Kings by 61 runs, to claim their seventh win and finish top of the standings on 14 points.

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