LIAM Livingstone made an immediate impact in the Pakistan Super League by leading Karachi Kings to victory with a man-of-the-match display.

The Barrow Cricket Club product blasted 82 off just 43 balls to set his side on course for a seven-run victory over Multan Sultans in their first match of this year's tournament Dubai today, having been tasked with opening the batting.

Lancashire all-rounder Livingstone crushed six fours and six sixes during his onslaught too, putting on an opening stand of 157 with Babar Azam, who smashed 77 off 59 balls as well.

The 25-year-old was eventually dismissed in the 16th over when he was caught by Andre Russell off the bowling of Chris Green, with Karachi suffering something of a collapse after that as they closed on 183 for 6 at the end of their 20 overs.

Livingstone was not called upon to bowl in the reply, which saw Multan just fall short of the target set by the Kings.

That was despite 52 from skipper and Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, which he bludgeoned off just 28 deliveries.

As a bonus, Livingstone was awarded the player of the match prize for his efforts with the bat and he will no doubt be aiming to continue that form as the tournament progresses.

The Kings are in action again tomorrow afternoon when they tackle Lahore Qalanders, who lost their first match by five wickets.