Liam Livingstone shines on Karachi Kings debut
Lancashire batsman smashes 82 on PSL debut
Liam Livingstone crashed 82 runs from 43 deliveries on his Pakistan Super League debut as his Karachi Kings defeated Multan Sultans by 7 runs in Dubai.
Livingstone, who hit six fours and six sixes in his knock, put on a record partnership of 157 for the first wicket, with opening partner Pakistan international Babar Azam (77), before he was dismissed in the 16th over.
The 25 year-old was selected as a supplementary player in last year's PSL Draft and brought up his half century with a huge six off Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi.
Livingstone's dismissal brought about a mini-collapse as the Kings' laboured to finish 183-6 from their 20 overs.
However four Mohammad Amir wickets, including a grab from Livingstone, put Karachi in the ascendancy from the start of the Sultans run chase.
A partnership between Shoaib Malik (52) and Laurie Evans (49) gave Multan a chance, but when Afridi and Andre Russell were both dismissed cheaply their race looked run.
Left needing 16 from the final over, Sohail Khan kept it tight and picked up a wicket as Karachi Kings kicked off PSL 2019 with a win.