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Munro, Iftikhar lead United to stunning win over Kings

Side registered eight-wicket victories

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Jun 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

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Outstanding innings from Colin Munro and Iftikhar Ahmed helped Islamabad United in securing a comfortable eight-wicket win against Karachi Kings in the match 22 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Chasing a mammoth total of 191 to secure their place in the playoffs, United never lost two wickets early but a match-winning 150-run partnership for the third-wicket between Munro and Iftikhar took United home in the 19th over at the expense of just two wickets.

The New Zealand opening batsman was the top-scorer for the winning team on the night as he remained unbeaten on 88 off 56 balls with the help of 12 fours and two sixes.

He was well-supported by Iftikhar who scored 71 not out off 39 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes.

Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Kings posted a competitive total of 190 for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Opener Babar Azam played a brilliant knock of 81 off 54 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes.

He was well-supported by Najibullah Zadran who scored 71 not out off 42 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We will join you tomorrow for double-header. Till then, its goodbye.

That’s it. What a great win for Islamabad United. Brilliant performance.

At the end of the innings:

191-2 (18.4 overs)

With that six, Iftikhar has managed to complete a brilliant half-century. Top innings from a very experienced cricketer. That too off just 34 balls.

Things are getting intensed. Umpied had to separate Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim and Islamabad United’s Colin Munro.

A brilliant over for Islamabad United as Perera conceded 23 runs.

IU 134-2 (14 overs)

At the half-way stage:

IU 72-2 (10 overs)

OUT! Another one bites the dust. Big wicket for Waqas Maqsood.

IU 41-2 (5.3 overs)

OUT! Unlucky for Usman Khawaja as he hit straight to Arshad Iqbal

IU 28-1 (4.2 overs)

We are back for the second innings of tonight’s fixture.

We will see Islamabad United’s response in the second-half. Join us then.

So that’s a very good batting performance from Karachi Kings and they have set a more than competitive total.

At the end of the innings:

KK 190-4 (20 overs)

OUT! Ali Khan removes dangerous Perera, who goes back to the pavilion without scoring.

KK 184-4 (19.1 overs)

OUT! Finally a big wicket for Hasan Ali and United as he removed well-settled Babar Azam, who departs after a brilliant 81.

KK 180-3 (18.3 overs)

With that, Zadran also completed his half-century. Brilliant batting from the left-hander.

With that single, Babar Azam completed another half-century. Brilliant knock from the right-hander.

At the half-way stage:

KK 76-2 (10 overs)

Another big one for United.

OUT! Finally, some relief for Islamabad United as dangerous-looking Sharjeel Khan departs after scoring 25.

KK 37-1 (4.3 overs)

We are set to begin the contest today. Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam are out in the middle.

Islamabad United’s playing XI for today’s match:

Karachi Kings’ lineup in today’s match:

TOSS: The news from the centre is that Islamabad United have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It is defending champions Karachi Kings who will take on two-time winners Islamabad United.

Hello and welcome to the live blog for match 22 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

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