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.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWASHINGTON – The White House said Saturday that if Costa Ricans vote against joining a U.S.-Central American free trade agreement, the Bush administration will not renegotiate the deal. The Costa Rican government scheduled a referendum today on the accord. A newspaper poll published Thursday showed that voters were poised to reject it. Much of the opposition stems from requirements under the pact that Costa Rica open its telecommunications, services and agricultural sectors to greater competition. The White House also suggested it may not extend trade preferences now afforded to Costa Rican products and set to expire next September. “The United States has never before confronted the question of extending unilateral trade preferences to a country that has rejected a reciprocal trade agreement,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. Costa Rica is the only one of the six Latin American signatories to the trade deal, known as CAFTA, that has yet to ratify it. The deal is in effect in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. A minimum of 40 percent of Costa Rica’s 2.6 million voters must participate for today’s vote to be valid. The White House urged Costa Ricans to recognize the benefits of the agreement. It would “expand Costa Rica’s access to the U.S. market, safeguard that access under international law, attract U.S. and other investment and link Costa Rica to some of the most dynamic economies of our hemisphere,” according to the statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FREE TRADE: Bush says he will not renegotiate the pact if voters turn it down today. By Jennifer Loven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS