LAHORE - Brilliant bowling by Waqas Maqsood and all-round performance of Asif Ali steered Islamabad United to a nail-biting one-run victory over Karachi Kings in the 21st match of the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday night.
Karachi Kings have crashed out of the race for PSL 7 play-offs spot after facing seventh successive defeat of the season. The incredibly dramatic game saw heroic fightback by Imad Wasim and Qasim Akram, who produced a significant 108-run sixth-wicket partnership that kept Karachi Kings hopes alive, which were later shattered by brilliant bowling of Waqas Maqsood, who delivered a remarkable last over where eight runs were needed in 6 balls (191 runs target) but he restricted the kings to 190 to steer his side to 1-run triumph.
Imad played a sensational 55-run inning which included six fours and three sixes but got out with his side at the cusp of a much-needed win. Kings’ 19-year-old recruit Qasim, who recently captained Pakistan U19 in the ICC U19 Men’s World Cup 2022, fought with great courage and took full advantage of three dropped chances in his unbeaten 51 off 26 having six fours, one six.
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Sharjeel Khan opened the innings well for Karachi Kings hammering enterprising 44 off 29 balls, hitting 4 fours and 3 sixes. Captain Karachi Kings once again failed to establish big innings as he could add only 13 runs off 9 balls in his team’s total. Waqas finished with 3 wickets for 34 from his four overs while player of the match Asif Ali took two wickets and also hammered dazzling 28 off 11.
Islamabad United have now consolidated their third position on the points table with eight points from seven games as they have recorded four wins and faced three defeats. Kings remained winless and were lying at the bottom of the six-team table. They are the first team to lose seven successive HBL PSL matches in a single season.
Earlier put into bat first, Islamabad United posted 191 runs for seven wickets on the board. Captain Shadab Khan emerged as top scorer hammering 34 off 26 balls with the help of 3 fours, 1 six while opener Alex Hales struck 25. Azam hit two fours and a six in his 22 off 14 balls while all-rounder Faheem fired unbeaten 29 off 10 balls that included 3 fours and 2 sixes. Imad was the pick of the Kings bowlers with two for 30 while left-arm pacer Mir Hamza got one wicket for 31.
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Player of the match Asif Ali said: “I played to my strength while batting, I hadn’t played to my strength in previous games so I am happy I performed today. I had the responsibility with the ball after two bowlers had broken down, I simply had to do it as it was my responsibility. Waqas has the ability and the experience to deliver at crucial times so we knew he could do the job for us in the crunch final over.”
Scores in brief ISLAMABAD UNITED 191 for 7, 20 overs (Shadab Khan 34, Faheem Ashraf 29 not out, Asif Ali 28; Imad Wasim 2-30) beat KARACHI KINGS 190 for 8, 20 overs (Imad Wasim 55, Qasim Akram 51 not out; Waqas Maqsood 3-34, Asif Ali 2-27) by 1 run. 23rd MATCH Multan Sultans
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