DUBAI, UAE (CMC):Kieron Pollard smashed sixes off the last two deliveries of the game to fire Karachi Kings to a dramatic five-wicket win over Lahore Qalanders and keep alive their hopes of a playoff spot in the Pakistan Super League.Chasing 156 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium yesterday, Kings entered the final over requiring 14 runs for victory, with Pollard on strike, and the West Indies batsman finally proved his worth in gold for the franchise.He gathered a couple in the deep off the first delivery bowled by seamer Aamer Yamin, managed a single off the next ball but was handed the strike again quickly when Imad Wasim took a single off the third ball.Pollard was kept scoreless off the fourth ball, leaving Kings with 10 runs needed from the last two balls, but the Trinidadian cleared the ropes at long off with the fifth delivery before depositing the final delivery over square leg to pull off a sensational win.The right-hander finished unbeaten on 45 from a mere 20 deliveries with a four and four sixes, while prolific opener Babar Azam top-scored with 49 from 42 balls.Babar and captain Kumar Sangakkara (20) had added 53 for the second wicket to put Kings on course for victory before four wickets tumbled for 23 runs in the space of 24 deliveries.Pollard and Imad Wasim (19 not out) then rescued the innings in an unbroken 55-run, sixth-wicket partnership.NARINE BRILLIANTPollard’s West Indies counterpart and fellow Trinidadian, Sunil Narine, was brilliant in his four overs of off-spin, taking one for 19.Sent in earlier, Qalanders were carried by an unbeaten 32 from Mohammad Rizwan and 31 from captain and opener Brendon McCullum, while Narine lashed two sixes in a six-ball 19, batting at number five.Kings moved into fourth spot in the standings on six points, but a defeat in the remaining preliminary game on Sunday could see them eliminated.In the other game, neither captain Darren Sammy (0) nor Marlon Samuels (7) had much of an impact, but Peshawar Zalmi still managed to beat Quetta Gladiators by two wickets, with four balls left in their final game, to go top of the table.
Alex Iwobi added a second early in the second half, with a cheeky backheel from Alexis Sanchez for the assist, to effectively put the match to bed before the hour mark, as the Seagulls were unable to find much on the counterattack.The Gunners were passing it around nicely in the opening stages, and Alexandre Lacazette hit the post within the first couple of minutes, thumping a half-volley from long range when the ball sat up nicely for him.Arsenal opened the scoring in the 17th minutes through Nacho Monreal, finally burying the ball in the back of the net after a string of four or five close chances. A free-kick opportunity saw the Seagulls clear off their line straight to Hector Bellerin, whose shot was parried as far as his fellow Spaniard. Monreal then smacked it home for just his second Premier League goal.Albion hit the woodwork themselves not long after conceding, working a clever free kick to give Solomon March a shooting opportunity, and his effort cannoned off the post before Lewis Dunk slashed wide on the rebound.Alex Iwobi doubled Arsenal’s lead 10 minutes into the second half, supplying an emphatic finish after Alexis Sanchez had cleverly back-heeled the ball into space for the Nigerian to run onto.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nacho Monreal jumps for joy after scoring Arsenal’s opener. Photo/D/MLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Arsenal always looked comfortable en route to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Nacho Monreal scrambled home the opener 16 minutes in, but there could have been more first-half goals after numerous chances that included Alexandre Lacazette and Solomon March hitting the woodwork.