Side register five-wicket win on Wednesday
Islamabad United produced a memorable batting display to win the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 against Karachi Kings by five wickets.
At the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday, it was Shadab Khan who won the toss and elected to field first.
His decision proved a bad one as the Kings managed to post the highest first innings total of the competition of 196-4 in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Sharjeel Khan was the star performer as he scored his second century in the PSL and ended the night with the top score of 105 off 59 balls with the help of nine fours and eight sixes.
He was well-supported by his fellow opener Babar Azam who scored 62 off 54 balls with the help of six fours and one six.
The duo put on the highest partnership in the history of the competition of 176.
For the winning team, pacer Hasan Ali and Hussain Talat claimed a wicket each.
In reply, United had a horrid beginning as they lost two wickets inside the first two overs but from there on, it was an Alex Hales show as he scored a brilliant quick-fire 46 off just 21—which included 29 off one over from Aamer Yamin, which was the most expensive in the history of the tournament—to put the team right on track for a mammoth chase.
Shadab Khan-led unit eventually managed to get over the line with five balls to spare at the expense of five wickets.
Iftikhar Ahmed finished the innings with the top score of 49 off 37 balls whereas Talat scored a valuable 42 off 31 balls.
For Kings, captain Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal and Mohammad Nabi claimed a wicket each. For his brisk 46 at the top of the order, Hales was named player-of-the-match.
So that’s it from our coverage today. We will hope to see you soon. Till next time. It’s goodbye.
That was some batting performance from the two-time champions and they were the deserving winner.
And that’s it. United have done it. What a great run chase.
Big wicket but it seems like it’s a little too late.
United now need 42 off 24 balls with six wickets in hand.
IU 155-4 (16 overs)
United now need 77 off 54 balls to win this fixture.
IU 120-4 (11 overs)
Another wicket for the hosts.
At the end of the powerplay:
IU 77-3 (6 overs)
Big wicket for the hosts.
That is some exquisite hitting from the England international.
OUT! Another big one for United as Amir removes Shadab Khan who went back to the pavilion without scoring as well.
IU 13-2 (1.5)
OUT! Big wicket for Islamabad United. Imad Wasim removes Salt who went without scoring.
IU 1-1 (0.2)
So that’s it. United have managed to post a mammoth total.
OUT! Finally a wicket for Islamabad United. Sharjeel departs after scoring 105.
IU 176-2 (18.3)
OUT! Babar Azam finally departs after struggling for a bit. He departs after scoring 62 off 54.
IU 176-1 (18.2)
A freak kind of a knock from Sharjeel.
The records are tumbling at the National Stadium.
Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan have now put on the highest partnership in the history of the @thePSLt20— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 24, 2021
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With that six, Kings have completed 150 and still 27 balls are remaining in the innings.
Brilliant innings from the right-hander.
It’s 50-up for @babarazam258 as well with that six. Brilliant innings and what a platform for the Kings to post a mammoth total.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) February 24, 2021
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Eighteen off the over and Karachi Kings are well on their way to score in excess of 200. Top stuff from the left-hander.
An absolutely outstanding knock from the left-hander.
At the half-way stage, the Kings are nicely placed.
KK 84-0 (10 overs)
Brilliant from the left-hander.
Seems like the Kings are struggling at the moment.
Here is the playing XI of Islamabad United.
Here is the playing XI of Karachi Kings for today’s match.
Toss: The news from the centre is Shadab Khan has won the toss and has asked the Karachi Kings to bat first
As per our Twitter poll, the majority of the respondents believe that the Kings will emerge victoriously.
It’s going to be defending champions Karachi Kings taking on two-time winners Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Welcome to the live blog for the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 edition.