KARACHI: Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by 42 points to record their third win in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Stadium.
Chasing a goal of 178 points, the Kings never looked comfortable as Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan were sent back to the clubhouse with just 21 points.
United continued to strike at regular intervals as the Kings had no idea how the chase was shaping up. Shortly after, the team led by Babar Azam watched in pure turmoil.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi played a solid 41-point shot and remained his side’s top scorer in the final overs. Nabi tried to bring Kings closer to the target by breaking some boundaries, but the task for him was huge against a brilliant United attack that limited the Kings to 135.
In bowling terms, Shadab was once against his side’s standout bowler with the shining numbers of 4-15 in four overs, while Waqas Maqsood, Hasan Ali and Wasim Jr picked one wicket apiece.
Islamabad United innings
After deciding to beat first, Islamabad United had handed a target of 178 points to the Karachi Kings.
Although no United striker reached half a century, their first order contributed with around 30 runs to help the team reach 177.
Paul Sterling and Alex Hales gave them a 66-point stand, as Kings bowlers continued to strike down the middle to break partnerships.
Paul scored 39 points, Hales 30, Munro 33, while Shadad scored a quick shot 34 points, and in the end Azam Khan played a small 16-point cameo on just seven balls.
While for the kings, Imad Wasim, Umaid Asif and Usman Shinwari took one wicket apiece and also ended their period of four overs under the save rate of seven.
Babar Azam-led Kings have suffered four successive defeats in this year’s PSL and will be looking to win the 2022 PSL opener by toppling United.
Kings of Karachi: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Sahibzada Farhan (wk), Ian Cockbain, Mohammad Nabi, Lewis Gregory, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Taha, Umaid Asif, Usman Shinwari
Islamabad United: Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Mubasir Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali, Waqas Maqsood