Karachi Kings were left to rue their luck as Islamabad inflicted a five-wicket defeat on them to leave the most expensive team’s Pakistan Super League plans in tatters in Sharjah on Sunday.
Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad used conditions and a fresh pitch to the best effect as they restricted the fancied Karachi side to a below-par total and then overhaul the target in 18.5 overs for their third win in seven matches.
Karachi’s body language was down and planning awry which reflected on their batting. It was surprising to see an out of form Imad wasim coming at three and Malik coming as low as sixth.
Ravi Bopara top scored with a laborious 50-ball 45 with only four boundaries as Karachi Kings managed 128-5 in their allotted 20 over on a new strip used at Sharjah stadium.
Islamabad will now meet Lahore in their last match of the league phase on Wednesday while Karachi Kings — bought at 26 million dollars for ten years — need to win against Peshawar in their last game and hope Islamabad also win their last match to sneak into the last four.
Islamabad replicated Karachi’s poor start losing Sharjeel Khan (one), Andre Russell (14) and Brad Haddin (four) to leave their chase in poor state at 19-3.
But Misbah (38-ball 38 with five fours) and Khalid Latif (35 off 33 balls with three sixes and a four) added 63 for the fourth wicket to raise hopes of a win. Misbah then took the score to 105 in company of Mohammad Asif who made 25.
Islamabad needed 11 off the last two overs but Asia made a short work with two sixes off Mir Hamza in the penultimate over.
For Karachi paceman Sohail Khan was the pick with 2-23 in his four overs.
Karachi, who brought back Mohammad Amir and included supplementary player Shahzaib Hasan, were off to a disastrous start as they lost James Vince and Imad Wasim in spinner Imran Khalid’s first over.
Shazab did well to hit 19-ball 27 but he too fell to Mohammad Sami, leaving Karachi tottering at 47-3.
Bopara and Mushfiqur Rahim (27-ball 33 with two fours and a six) added 60 for the fourth wicket but both failed to lift the tempo as Karachi managed just 38 in the last five overs.
Skipper Shoaib Malik, who opened the innings in the last two games, surprisingly came at number six, scoring just 11-ball seven.
Quetta Gladiators meet Peshawar Zalmi later in the day to decide who tops the table in the league phase.