Hales, Hussain Talat and Iftikhar’s excellent batting for Islamabad
Lahore: Islamabad United defeated Karachi Kings by 5 wickets in the match of the sixth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021. In the match being played at the National Stadium, Karachi, Islamabad United did not have a good start in pursuit of the biggest goal of the event so far and Phil Salt was already caught in the over trying to play a shot on the ball of Emad Wasim.
Captain Shadab Khan returned without giving his share to the 13-run total by giving a wicket to Mohammad Amir. Alex Hales increased the team’s score to 68 runs in 5 overs but was dismissed for 46 runs. Faheem Ashraf also gave full support to Alex Hales but after Hales, he also got out quickly, he scored 25 runs off 15 balls.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Hussain Talat put the team in a good position. Hussain scored 42 runs and got out on the ball of Muhammad Nabi. At that time, the score of United was 176 runs.
Asif Ali ensured the victory of the team by hitting Mohammad Amir with high and high sixes. Iftikhar Ahmed took the winning run. Earlier, Islamabad captain Shadab Khan decided to field after winning the toss. Karachi’s Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan started the innings and at the beginning both the batsmen played cautiously but then adopted an aggressive style and pushed the score forward and scored half-centuries.
This is the third partnership of more than 100 runs in PS by Karachi Kings, Sharjeel Khan scored a half-century in 32 balls. Babar Azam completed a half-century from the other end in the 13th over with sixes off 39 balls. Islamabad United fast bowler had bowled Sharjeel for 126 and was playing at 70 at the time but the umpire gave up nine balls.
The United bowlers gave Babar Azam two chances on nine balls as a result of which PSL’s biggest contribution was 159 runs which were previously held by Multan Sultans. Sharjeel Khan completes his second century in the league. Islamabad United had to wait for the first wicket. On a total of 176, Alex Hales dropped another catch to Babar Azam but was run out.
Hassan Ali LBW Sharjeel Khan. Sharjeel was dismissed for 105 off 59 balls with 9 fours and 8 sixes. Karachi Kings scored 196 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. Both teams did not make any changes for this match. Karachi Kings captain Emad Waseem said that the batting of Islamabad United is good while our bowling line is strong and we have to bowl well by scoring maximum runs.
“We have to work harder in bowling and try to keep Karachi to a minimum,” said Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan. Islamabad United’s squad for the match includes Shadab Khan (captain), Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Lewis Gregory, Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Zafar Gohar, and Muhammad Wasim, while Karachi Kings The team includes Emad Wasim (captain), Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Joe Clark, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Amir Yameen, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Amir and Arshad Iqbal.