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Phil Simmons ‘hopeful’ for top-four finish with shift in Karachi Kings’ momentum

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RAWALPINDI: Karachi Kings head coach Phil Simmons was “hopeful” that the former champions would bank on the momentum and win their remaining matches to make it to the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 playoffs.

Simmons, while interacting with the media following Karachi Kings’ dominant seven-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators, stated that things are coming together for the former champions.

“We are struggling to put everything together. I think today was much better especially [our] bowling and in the field. We should have maybe finished it earlier with the bat but things are coming together.

“Today was an excellent victory, the way we bowled is how we want to bowl in every game. Sometimes, it’s not gonna happen but it happened today. All the catches were taken. So, it is how we wanna play and yes, hopefully, this is the momentum we need to win the other games and get into [final] four.”

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Phil Simmons further revealed that Karachi Kings have “more or less” found the perfect combination to go about in their remaining HBL PSL 9 fixtures.

“I think, more or less that would be the first-string team. You know you’re looking to make sure, you have those three seamers plus this leg-spinner’s been bowling very well,” said Simmons.

“So, that’s great and we have Shoaib, he’s bowling. We are getting there. I think we are close to where we want to be,” he added.

Simmons then shed light on the impactful performances senior players like Shoaib Malik and Kieron Pollard gave for the Kings and expressed his hope that the youngsters would learn from their valuable experience.

“Well, the thing about it is that it’s still our rebuilding phase. So, we thought that you need some sort of experience with the youngsters,” stated Simmons.

“Fortunately for us, the senior guys are doing most of the work but I hope that the youngsters are learning from them. So, maybe in a couple of years when they are not here, we will have a full-fledged younger team but so far they’ve been doing the job so it is good,” he concluded.

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