Defending champions Karachi Kings squeaked in the playoffs of the Pakistan Super League after beating Quetta Gladiators by 14 runs in his last league game.
Karachi finishes on 10 points with Lahore Qalandars, but the better net figure knocked the 2020 finalist out of the playoffs.
Quetta finishes at the bottom of the standings with just two wins from ten games.
The Danish Aziz’s whirlwind of 45 runs from 13 balls lifted Karachi to 176-7. The left-hander hit 33 runs in Jack Wildermuth’s penultimate over from four consecutive sixes and two boundaries.
Quetta, who made five changes in his last league game, finished at 162-7. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 51 off 33 balls.
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Quish debutant, left-hander Arish Ali Khan, grabbed 4-28 when Karachi slipped to 121-5 in the 17th over. But Aziz’s masterful beat turned the tide in Karachi’s favor.
Wildermuth was brought on in attack in place of fast bowler Naseem Shah, who pulled a calf muscle just before he was about to bowl the penultimate game, and limped off the field.
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Fast bowler Mohammad Ilyas (3-39) ran through the Quetta top order and Arshad Iqbal beat 2-39.
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir came close to his first wicket twice in five PSL games, but first Wildermuth successfully overturned a decision by lbw through the television reference and Amir sent off the next delivery of his own bowling to end 0-21 .
Later on Saturday, PSL leader Islamabad United beat second-placed Multan Sultans by four wickets to consolidate their place at the top of the standings.
Mohammad Wasim took 4-31 from four overs as Islamabad limited Multan to 149 of his 20 overs after captain Shadab Khan won the toss and was selected first as a fielder.
Shan Masood scored the best for Multan with 59 runs off 37 balls, with six boudaries and three sixes, but the opening batsman regularly lost partners as the Sultans innings were never underway.
Khan led the answer for Islamabad with 35 out of 27 blls and shared handy patnerships with Muhammad Akhlaq (26) and Hussain Talat (34) to win by two balls.
The two teams meet again on Monday in a qualifying final, with Karachi set to play in a knockout final against Peshawar on Tuesday.