In Pictures: Karachi Kings defeat Islamabad United

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In Pictures: Karachi Kings defeat Islamabad United
Karachi Kings defeat Islamabad United
Shukriya Pakistan

Sharjah: Karachi Kings defeated Islamabad United by eight runs under the duckworth-lewis method in a game played in Sharjah on Friday to register their first win in PSL 2017.

Karachi Kings’ skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and as expected, elected to field first.

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Islamabad United’s last match hero, Sam Billings failed to create any impact this time and became victim of Imad Wasim for a duck.

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United’s key batting component, the experienced Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was also removed by the Kings’ slow left-arm bowler.

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Dwayne Smith and Misbah Ul Haq tried to form a partnership and kept the scoreboard ticking.

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The young leg-spinner Usama Mir created some serious problems for Islamabad United’s batsmen.

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Usama Mir bowled brilliantly in the rain affected match and took two key wickets of Dwayne Smith and Misbah Ul Haq.

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The game was reduced to 13-over a side due to rain. Shane Watson tried his put as many runs on the board as possible, he scored 26 off 14 balls.

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Islamabad United scored 90/8 in 13 overs, however the target was revised to 95 runs in 13 overs for Karachi Kings.

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Mohammad Irfan had two early strikes for Islamabad United in shape of Chris Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara for two runs each.

However, Babar Azam seemed unstoppable in the game.

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He had a handy partnership of 29 runs in the context of the game with Shoaib Malik.

whatsapp-image-2017-02-18-at-12-58-02-am The young Azam was simply flawless for Karachi Kings.

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At a crucial stage, Shoaib Malik lost his wicket to Imran Khalid and Ravi Bopara was runout off a brilliant throw of Shadab Khan from point.

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Karachi Kings were 75/4 with Babar Azam and Imad Wasim at the crease when rain ended the match, giving Karachi Kings their first win of PSL 2017 by 8 runs (D/L Method).

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Babar Azam received the Man of the Match award for his brilliant inning of 47 runs off 30 balls with the help of five 4’s and two 6’s.

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Karachi Kings will play their next game on February 19 against Peshawar Zalmi at Sharjah.

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