Match 15: Islamabad united Vs Karachi Kings
This is Mujeeb Urehman with Match report and hope you are doing well and enjoying quality cricket of PSl. Today was the fifth match for both Islamabad and Karachi. All teams played their 1st matches against all teams. Karachi kings on top with seven points and Islamabad united on the 5th position on points table. Bad news for Karchi Fans that Shahid Afridi is not playing this match. Islamabad would like to go up in the points table while Karachi will try to retain the top of points table by winning the match. It had been always a good contest between these two teams. Islamabad won the toss and choose to field on pitch of Sharjah that varies the bounce and speed.
Joe Denly the inform batsman and Khurram Manzoor to open for Karachi. Sammit Patel to with his in Deeping left arm spin. He got two consecutive wickets against Lahore Qalandars in their previous encounter. Muhammad Sami got J.Denly in his first over by knocking out the off stamp. Babar Azam joins Khurram and counter attack Islamabad in power play. Babar is always good to watch driving the ball along the ground. After losing early wicket, Karachi managed to score 32 for one in the power play due to good line and length bowling by Islamabad bowlers. Karachi were 49 for one after 10 overs due to tight and smart bowling by Islamabad. It was set up nicely for Karachi to hit hard in next part of innings. They would miss Afridi in such a situation. Babar Azam scored fifty of 47 deliveries with overall score of 100 for one in 15th over. Manzoor complete his 50 with classical short through extra cover. Manzoor was caught at deep midwicket by S. Farman. Ingrm got out cheaply to left Karachi for 110 for three in 16 overs. Karachi managed to score 153 Runs in their 20 overs.Muhammad Rizwan scored 21 of just 9 at the end and Babar Azam scored 55 of 53 balls for his first fifty of this PSL edition.
It was a tough task for Islamabad United to chase with Amir bowling against them. Karachi would like to remove luke Runchi early as he was out of form in PSL 2018. Luke Ronchi and JP Duminy in for Islamabad to hunt down 153. They need a blistering start in power play. They were powering through their innings with 61 for none in 6 overs. Ronchi managed to score the fastest 50 of this PSl edition. He took only 23 deliveries.It was an ideal start for Islamabad to chase down the target. Islamabad United were favorites at that time.
Islamabad were cruising toward target with 98 runs in 10 overs. Required run rate was below 6rpo at that stage. They need only 55 of 60 to win their 3rd match in PSL. They reached the score of 100 in 11th over and brought 100 partnership as well. Luke Ronchi was caught and bowled by Muhammad Irfan(4) for 66. JP and Asif scored the runs sensibily as there is no pressure of run rate. Islamabad chases the score in 18th over to win by 8 wickets. Islamabad is on charge and move up to 4th position on points table.
Luke Ronchi was declared the Man Of the match.
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