Karachi: Umaid Asif struck a match-winning boundary to hand a convincing four wickets victory to Karachi Kings against Islamabad United.
With 18 required off last 12 balls, Umaid struck a six and four to book semi-final spot for Kings. They are now on the second spot with 11 points in nine matches.
Earlier, Kings’ bowlers dominated and helped their team restrict United to 136-6 in 20 overs in the 28th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 at National Stadium.
Sent into bat first, United started off well with their openers Rizwan Hussain and Phil Salt who scored 35 runs together for the first wicket. Umaid Asif brought a breakthrough for Kings as he removed Rizwan for 17 runs. Skipper Imad Wasim bagged Salt to dent United to 59-2.
Hussain Talat scored 37 runs off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries to race the score of United but wickets falling at the other end kept on building the pressure.
For Kings, Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan, Imad Wasim, Arshad Iqbal, and Iftikhar Ahmed bagged a wicket each.
Kings started the chase confidently with Sharjeel Khan hitting 20 runs in the first over to Muhammad Musa. He raced to 37 in just 14 balls until Akif Javed trapped him in front.
Soon after Sharjeel’s departure, his fellow partner Babar Azam also dragged Musa’s delivery and only managed to score 19.
Imad and Delport started to build the inning from there but United bowlers bowled tight lengths, restricting both the batsman to play at a slow rate.
Delport was castled by Shadab Khan, he scored a slow pace 11 off 24 balls. Iftikhar dismissed after scoring just one. Imad tried to cut Zafar Gohar’s wide delivery but unfortunately edged it to the keeper. He made 26 in 34 balls.
The drama didn’t finish as Chadwick Walton departed after hitting a six and a four, giving Kings another scare but the duo of Chris Jordan and Umaid Asif hold their nerves and took the game till the last over. Umaid hit a six to Shadab in the 19th over and a four to Rumman Raees on the second ball of the last over, helping Kings to defeat two-time champions by four wickets.
Shadab was the pick of the bowlers. claiming two for 28, Zafar, Musa, Rumman, and Akif picked a wicket each. Sharjeel was awarded player of the match for a quickfire 37.
United are out of the tournament and for the first time in the history of PSL will not play the knockout stage. Kings will face Gladiators tomorrow at National Stadium in the last league match of the competition.