Bowlers, Hales see Islamabad through as Karachi knocked out of PSL 2019
Bowlers, Cameron Delport and Alex Hales helped Islamabad United get over the line and knock Karachi Kings out of PSL 2019.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Karachi Kings were off to a flying start. Babar Azam and Colin Munro took Islamabad bowlers to the cleaners.
Musa struck immediately after being introduced in the bowling attack as he got the better of Munro with extra pace and bounce off the wicket.
But that didn’t stop Karachi from scoring freely as they continued to find the gaps to perfection and by the end of six overs, Karachi were 78/1.
But the home side started to lose the plot after the power play as they couldn’t quite find the boundaries easily.
Shadab got the wicket of Livingstone after the Lancashire batsman was dropped in the power play overs. Livingstone went for the big heave but sliced it straight to long on.
Rumman got rid of Babar in the next over when he was looking to dab the ball towards third man but only got a faint edge through to the keeper.
By the end of 13th over, Karachi were 120/3. But at the end of 20 overs, they lost the plot completely as they scored only 41 runs for the loss of six wickets.
In reply, Karachi were off to a decent start when they got rid of the dangerous Luke Ronchi, who was undone by clever bit of bowling from Yamin with a slower and wider ball. As a result, Ronchi dragged it from outside off and was caught at long-on.
Delport and Hales stitched a 44-run partnership to get things going for their side but Umer Khan’s brilliant spell of spin bowling restricted the opposition.
He got rid of Delport and Walton in one over to peg Islamabad’s run-chase but Alex Hales and Hussain Talat kept Islamabad in the game before the Englishman was caught on the boundary for his 41 off 42 balls.
With 47 required off the last four overs, Talat smashed two sixes off Shinwari’s bowling before the left hand quick got his length right and induced a top-edge.
With 18 needed off last two overs, Islamabad got a big sigh of relief when Asif Ali was dropped by Babar Azam. That gave the away side a massive advantage and Islamabad finished things off with three balls to spare.
Islamabad will now clash with Peshawar on March 14 and the winner will face-off Quetta Gladiators on March 17.