Right-handed batsman Asif Ali played a magnificent inning of 70 runs to lift the morale of Islamabad United who beat Karachi Kings by five wickets in the 18th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four at Sharjah Stadium on Wednesday.
Philip Salt was the other man who played a crucial role in United’s win over Kings by scoring 46 runs off 38 balls.
While batting first, Kings blasted their way to post 168 runs on the scoreboard with Babar Azam and Liam Livingstone putting up 78 runs together.
Babar smashed 68 runs with the help eight boundaries while Livingstone made 56 off 31 balls including five boundaries and four sixes. Kings were under pressure by losing an early wicket but the positive momentum from both these batsmen carried them to a compelling total.
Rumman Raees was prominent with the ball for United taking three wickets conceding 27 runs in his four overs. Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, and Amad Butt bagged a wicket each.
While defending the total, Kings dent the opponents with their young left-arm spinner Umer Khan taking a couple of early blows. The young spinner sent dangerous Luke Ronchi back home with a deceiving delivery which was hit straight in the hands of Colin Ingram who was protecting long-off. He made 26 runs.
After losing three wickets on just 47 runs, United hold their nerves with Asif and Salt showing some class. They both put 93 runs for the fourth wicket.
Umer Khan took two wickets while Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Imad Wasim shared a wicket apiece.