Islamabad United’s juggernaut derails Kings to set up a face off against Zalmis

The match was played between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings to decide which team will face Peshawar Zalmi in the eliminator to go through to the finals.

Islamabad United, after initial struggles in start of the tournament due to injuries and lack of combination have mustered their resources with perfect game plans and selection.

Misbah-ul-Haq,a methodical cricketer  at work has galvanized his team at the right time since knockout stages have begun in the inaugural Pakistan Super League.

Meanwhile,Karachi Kings looked complete in a disarray as Shoaib Malik quit captaincy just before this match due to coming under severe criticism from cricket pundits and players among the ranks like Ravi Bopara who felt things are not going on in a desired manner.

The match took place at Dubai International Stadium as Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to field first.

The Karachi Kings innings again collapsed after postive start made by Lendl Simmons.The batsmen kept throwing their wickets away at regular intervals.

The team were 4 wickets down for a score of 39 runs  after 8 overs.Mohammad Sami was the star of the match as he ripped out the middle and lower order to take 5 wickets for just 8 runs to hand over ascendancy towards his team.

Ravi Bopara top scored with 37 runs while other players couldn’t make any notable contributions.

Karachi Kings hobbled and made a below par score of 111 runs after 20 overs.

In reply,Islamabad United lost their opener Sharjeel Khan dismissed by pacer Sohail Khan but Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin combined and put on a partnership of 95 runs to take their team home to a comfortable nine wicket over Kings.

Dwayne Smith made 50 runs off 48 balls while Haddin made a brisk 52 runs off 29 balls to take their team home with six overs to spare in the match.

 

 

 

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