Hales, Delport power Kings to thrilling win against United

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Rawalpindi: Alex Hales’ blistering 30-ball 52 and Cameron Delport’s sensible 28-ball 38 powered Karachi Kings to a comfortable five-wicket win against Islamabad United at Pindi Cricket Stadium.

In the 14th fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five, Kings skipper Imad Wasim won the toss and put United to bat first.

In the second over, Mohammad Amir removed Colin Munro (1). United came back stronger as Luke Ronchi and Rizwan Hussain provided them a great punch adding 49-run stand for the second wicket.

Just after the powerplay, emerging left-arm spinner did the magic in his first over, dismissing Rizwan on the score of 22.

In the tenth over, Imad got the better of Colin Ingram putting Kings on the top. Ronchi continued to play his shots from the other end.

The New Zealander was joined by United’s captain Shadab Khan who once again promoted himself up the order just like the last two matches.

Both the batters took the Kings’ bowlers to the cleaners as they finished on a total of 183-3 in their twenty overs. Ronchi scored 58-ball 85, smashing nine fours and two gigantic sixes. Shadab with the help of three fours and four sixes scored 51.

Kings had a bad start to the chase as their most promised batsman Babar Azam was run-out without any balls faced but Sharjeel Khan had other ideas as he smashed 14 runs in the second over, providing Kings the start they were hoping from the explosive left-hander.

Alex from the other end also didn’t stop and played his shots. Sharjeel with the help of three fours and four massive sixes raced to 38 in no time off just 20 balls.

United needed a great peace of work to dismiss Sharjeel and their wicket-keeper Ronchi did the required work by leaning towards his left, grabbing a good catch of Rumman’s bowling.

After that, it was all about Hales and Delport, who cruised the run-chase with ease as they added 68 for the third wicket.

Dale Steyn who was playing his first match claimed his first PSL wicket as he dismissed Delport who tried to hit him over the top but got an edge to the keeper. He stroked one four and three sixes.

Kings’ had a slight collapse as Hales and Iftikhar Ahmed got out in quick succession due to great fielding display by United. Hales smashed three sixes and as many fours for his well made 52.

Wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton and skipper Imad after that comfortably pushed the scoring rate, making sure there’s no other trouble for Kings at the chase. They comfortably chase United’s target of 184 with eight balls to spare. Imad went not-out by smashing a cameo of 15-ball 32 which included two fours and as many maximums.

English batsman Alex Hales was awarded player of the match for his first fifty for Kings. It must be noted that the most followed franchise of the PSL will take on Peshawar Zalmi tomorrow at the same venue at 7.00 pm.

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