Islamabad sends dispirited Karachi out of PSL


Paceman Mohammad Sami took a five-wicket haul to help Islamabad thrash a disjointed Karachi Kings by nine wickets in the eliminator of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on Saturday.

Sami took 5-8 in his four overs to restrict Karachi Kings to 111-9 in their 20 overs before Brad Haddin hit a 29-ball-52 not out and Dwayne Smith knocked 48-ball-50 not out to help overhaul the paltry target with 5.4 overs to spare.

Kings never looked up to the throne and even a change of captain — Shoaib Malik stepping down for Ravi Bopara to take over — could not work for them as another low total put their lackluster campaign to an end.

Islamabad will meet Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday for a place in the final. Quetta have already reached Tuesday’s final.

It was another disappointing batting show by Karachi Kings.

Sami jolted the Karachi innings after it got off to a silent start, with Mohammad Irfan bowling the first over maiden. Sami gave two in the second but Simons smashed three fours and a six in the third over of the innings, bowled by Irfan.

Simmons holed out for 19 while Rikki Wessels (one) and Iftikhar Ahmed managed just eight. Shoaib Malik, who wanted more focus on his batting, fell for a fourth-ball duck to leave Karachi tottering at 4-39.

Bopara added 49 for the fifth wicket with Ryan ten Doeschate (16 off 23 balls) to lift the innings but Sami’s last two overs jolted the innings. He had Bopara and Doeschate in his third over and then had Imad Wasim and Usama Mir off successive deliveries to complete 100 wickets in all Twenty20 matches.

Andre Russell finished with 2-21.

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