Karachi Kings beat Islamabad United by 7 wickets, qualify for the playoffs.
Karachi Kings Inning
Over 17 – Karachi Kings 125/3 (Babar 29*, Ingram 31*)
(16.6) FOUR! Rocks back and hammers this pull to the midwicket boundary.A cruise in the end as Karachi seal their playoff berth in style.
Over 16 – Karachi Kings 116/3 (Babar 22*, Ingram 29*)
(15.4) SIX! Karachi have qualified! This is a stunning short-arm jab that sails over midwicket. Stupendous power off the bottom hand.
Over 15 – Karachi Kings 104/3 (Babar 17*, Ingram 22*)
(14.6) SIX! Massive hit by Ingram
Over 14 – Karachi Kings 96/3 (Babar 16*, Ingram 15*)
Over 13 – Karachi Kings 90/3 (Babar 13*, Ingram 12*)
Over 12 – Karachi Kings 87/3 (Babar 11*, Ingram 11*)
(11.3) FOUR! hammered. Too short, Ingram right on top of the bounce as he swivelled back and pulled in front of square
Faheem Ashraf continues
Over 11 – Karachi Kings 83/3 (Babar 11*, Ingram 3*)
(10.1) FOUR! full on leg stump, gets down on one knee and runs this fine! Paddled past the keeper’s right and it’s running away to the boundary!
Over 10 – Karachi Kings 76/3 (Babar 10*, Ingram 1*)
Faheem Ashraf continues
Over 9 – Karachi Kings 72/3 (Babar 8*, Ingram 0*)
(8.6) OUT! Full on off stump, and Morgan prods forward. Tries to defend, but the ball takes a feather touch
Over 8 – Karachi Kings 70/2 (Babar 7*, Morgan 1*)
Eoin Morgan is the new batsman
(7.5) OUT! Skit it on to the stumps, The ball stays low, and zips under Denly’s bat
(7.4) FOUR! Denly shuffles across to the off side and flicks it fine.
(7.3) FOUR! Good length outside off, and Denly makes room on the leg side. Flat-bats it thereafter,
Faheem Ashraf continues
Over 7 – Karachi Kings 60/1 (Babar 6*, Denly 32*)
(6.3) FOUR! good length just outside off, it’s well punched off the back foot, and the ball’s racing off the carpet.
Over 6 – Karachi Kings 50/1 (Babar 3*, Denly 27*)
(5.5) FOUR! Powerful hit by Denly once again.
(5.3) FOUR! Denly makes room and swats this to the leg side. Work for the man in the deep, and the slide from the fielder there isn’t good enough.
Over 5 – Karachi Kings 42/1 (Babar 3*, Denly 19*)
(4.2) FOUR! Hit the fence of the full, Brilliant strikes by Denly
Babar Azam is the new batsman
(3.5) OUT! Impact in front of middle, and the ball would’ve gone on break leg stump. There’s the first wicket
Over 3 – Karachi Kings 29/0 (Khurram 12*, Denly 12*)
(2.3) SIX! full on leg stump, down on one knee, and swept! Big stride forward from Denly
Zafar Gohar continues
Over 2 – Karachi Kings 20/0 (Khurram 11*, Denly 6*)
(1.6) FOUR! full on middle stump, gets his front foot out of the way, and whips it over square leg
(1.5) SIX! too short, too wide, Khurram Manzoor opening his shoulders. Flat Six.
(1.3) FOUR! Spanking shot! smashed it to the off-side by Joe Denly
Amad Butt introduced
Over 1 – Karachi Kings 5/0 (Khurram 1*, Denly 1*)
Zafar Gohar opens the bowling for Islamabad United, Khurram Manzoor and Joe Denly are to open the inning for Karachi Kings.
Stunning bowling performance from Karachi Kings. Usman Shinwari has been magnificent all evening. Now Karachi is looking for a straightforward victory.
Islamabad United Inning
(18.6) OUT! full, straight and honing in towards the stumps from around the wicket. this hits him flush on the toe and would’ve gone on to crash into the stumps
Steven Finn comes in to bat
(18.3) OUT! short ball and it’s a miss hit directly goes into the fielder’s hands
Over 18 – Islamabad United 120/8 (Butt 11*, Zafar 1*)
(17.4) FOUR! slapped away over mid-off. Slower delivery landed at length, enough time for him to line up that shot.
Tymal Mills bowls
Over 17 – Islamabad United 113/8 (Butt 5*, Zafar 0*)
(16.3) OUT! clean bowled. Good length angles in a length ball from wide of the crease, once again he looked to swing across the line
Over 16 – Islamabad United 111/7 (Butt 4*, Faheem 3*)
Tymal Mills continues
Over 15 – Islamabad United 107/7 (Butt 1*, Faheem 3*)
Amad Butt is the new batsman
(14.2) WICKET short-ball and comfortable catch by Babar Azam at the point. Shadab has to walk back
Over 14 – Islamabad United 105/6 (Shadab 8*, Faheem 1*)
Faheem Ashraf is the new batsman
(13.4) WICKET! Terrific delivery by Mills, Asif misses the off-stump floats in a length ball from wide of the crease
(13.3) SIX! back to back to sixes. He’s putting up quite a show of six-hitting.
(13.2) SIX! Remarkable shot by Asif Ali, he uses the depth of the crease to swing this way over the long-on boundary. Deadly straight hit
Tymal Mills bowls
Over 13 – Islamabad United 89/5 (Shadab 8*, Asif 20*)
Over 12 – Islamabad United 83/5 (Shadab 4*, Asif 18*)
(11.6) SIX! Another one! fantastic hitting by Asif Ali, smacked it over long on
(11.5) SIX! hammered straight back past the bowler’s head. Length on the stumps and he swung clean to clear the ropes. Magnificent strike
Over 11 – Islamabad United 68/5 (Shadab 1*, Asif 6*)
Shadab Khan comes in to bat
(10.2) OUT! drifts in a quicker delivery from wide of the crease, he looks to give this a proper whack over long-on but misses it completely as the off stump is flattened. Afridi brings out his trademark celebration
Over 10 – Islamabad United 62/4 (Walton 13*, Asif 1*)
(9.5) OUT! Taken in the deep, Irfan departs Hussain Talat
(9.3) SIX! Full outside off, enough room to free his arms, and smacked over the bowler’s head.
Over 9 – Islamabad United 52/3 (Walton 13*, Hussain 0*)
(8.6) OUT! Boom Boom Afridi takes the skipper, a slow delivery hit the leg stump.
Over 8 – Islamabad United 50/2 (Walton 13*, Misbah 19*)
(7.3) FOUR! Wonderful shot by the skipper. Just over the reach of the keeper, good effort by Rizwan
Over 7 – Islamabad United 38/2 (Walton 8*, Misbah 13*)
Shahid Afridi comes on
Over 6 – Islamabad United 32/2 (Walton 6*, Misbah 9*)
(5.5) FOUR! Full on middle, and he brings his bottom hand into play. Lifted over Usman, and even though it’s not hit well
(5.2) FOUR! bad line, and punished by Walton. Good length, but outside leg, and flicked nonchalantly past short fine leg
Over 5 – Islamabad United 22/2 (Walton 1*, Misbah 4*)
Tymal Mills bowls
Over 4 – Islamabad United 21/2 (Walton 0*, Misbah 4*)
Misbah ul Haq comes to bat
(3.3) OUT! Well pitched up delivery by Irfan and takes the catch on his own ball. Hales is gone
(3.2) FOUR! too short, too wide, just one bounce before the boundary. Pull shot by Alex Hales
Irfan Jr. introduced
Over 3 – Islamabad United 12/1 (Walton 0*, Hales 7*)
(2.2) FOUR! Alex Hales dominated the delivery, flicked it over long on
Over 2 – Islamabad United 5/1 (Walton 0*, Hales 1*)
Walton is the new batsman
(1.4) OUT! overpitched on off stump, Duminy misses the flick to the leg side and hits his front leg.
Usman Shinwari comes to bowl the second over
Over 1 – Islamabad United 4/0 (Duminy 4*, Hales 0*)
(0.4) FOUR! down the ground straight drive over the mid-wicket. First boundary of the match from Duminy
Mohammad Amir bowls the new ball for Karachi Kings, JP Duminy and Alex Hales are the openers for Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings: Joe Denly, Khurram Manzoor, Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan (c), Colin Ingram, Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Rizwan (wk), Muhammad Irfan Jr, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Amir, Tymal Mills.
Islamabad United: Chadwick Walton (wk), Amad Butt, JP Duminy, Misbah ul Haq (c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Alex Hales, Zafar Gohar, Steven Finn.
SHARJAH: Karachi Kings have won the toss and elected to bowl first against tournament top team Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings lost their penultimate match against Peshawar by 44 runs to give their opponents a lifeline. Karachi is pitted against an in-form Islamabad who beat Quetta Gladiators by six wickets on Thursday to top the table with 14 points in nine games.
Karachi will be hard pressed to beat Islamabad United as they managed 137-8 against Peshawar and now need to score big to put a well balanced Islamabad under pressure.
A win will give Karachi a bounty as they will again face Islamabad in the top two clash in the first qualifier in Dubai on Sunday. The winner of the qualifier will play the final while the loser will get another chance to play the winners of eliminator of number three and four.