Islamabad United landed a knockout blow to Karachi Kings in first of the two Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 eliminators as they won the fixture by 10 runs. Islamabad United will now take on Peshawar Zalmi for a place in the final against Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad bowlers on top of Karachi batsmen
Karachi Kings batsmen got off to a flyer and scored their highest power-play total at 78-1 in six overs. However, the Islamabad United bowlers started to get the better of them and managed to bag wickets at regular interval. The hosts side could just managed 161-9 in their 20 over.
Alex Hales impresses on debut
The English batsman was expected to perform for the defending champions and he didn’t disappoint. Hales played a match-winning knock of 41 off 42 deliveries which included five boundaries.
Karachi find it difficult to handle Muhammad Musa
Muhammad Musa was the star performer with the ball for Islamabad United as the youngster ran through the batting orders with his figures of 3-42. He may have been expensive in the match but his scalps of Colin Munro, Colin Ingram and Iftikhar Ahmed was pivotal in the side’s victory.
Babar Azam’s topsy-turvy fielding performance
It is said that catches win matches but Babar Azam had a pretty weird day while fielding for the Kings. He managed to take four catches but also dropped a few in the run-chase, including one of Alex Hales. The batsmen went on to score a match-winning knock of 41 runs and ensured Karachi’s elimination.
Umer Khan brilliant once again
Karachi Kings may have been eliminated from the tournament but let’s take a moment to appreciate the talents of the young spinner. Continuing his impressive form, the spinner put Islamabad United in a spin with his variations and nearly took his side to victory. The United batsman found it difficult even to play a defensive block against him.
Usman Shinwari misfires
There was no respite for the Karachi Kings pacer as he bowled an expensive spell of 1-42 in his three overs. He conceded boundaries and sixes at regular intervals.