Alex Hales, Sharjeel Khan and Captain Imad delivered splendid performances to help Karachi Kings register a comfortable win over Islamabad United in the 17th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday. With this result, Karachi managed to break their losing streak in the competition.
The day started with Karachi Kings winning the toss and opting to bowl first. Left-arm quick Mohammad Amir dismissed Colin Munro to see Islamabad United get off to worse possible start. Wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi and Rizwan Hussain put on a 50-run partnership for the second wicket to led the recovery for Islamabad United.
Left-arm spinner Umer Khan dismissed Rizwan Hussain, who scored 22 runs off 14 balls with the help of two fours and one six. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim bowled well and dismissed Colin Ingram to see United lose their third wicket with 77 runs on the board.
Captain Shadab Khan came to the crease and decided to take the attack to the bowlers. He put on a 108-run partnership with Luke Ronchi to help Islamabad United post a competitive score of 183 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
For Islamabad United, opening batsman Luke Ronchi was the top-scorer with 85 not out off 58 balls with the help of nine fours and two sixes. Besides Ronchi, Shadab Khan played well and notched up his second fifty in PSL. All-rounder scored unbeaten 54 runs off 31 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.
Chasing 184 runs for victory, Babar Azam perished for a duck to see Kings get off to a shaky start. Sharjeel Khan played well and smashed four sixes in his innings. Left-hander scored 38 runs off 20 balls and put on a 58-run partnership with Alex Hales.
Alex Hales continued to play with positive intent and keep the scoreboard ticking for Islamabad United. England opener played well and notched up his first half-century of the season. He scored 52 runs off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.
Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton and Imad Wasim chipped in with crucial knocks to see Kings complete the chase in the penultimate over of the innings.
For Islamabad United, left-arm pacer Rumman Raees bowled well and finished with figures of 1 for 27 in his three overs. Playing his debut game for United, Steyn looked a little rusty and picked up one wicket for the game.
For his splendid half-century, Alex Hales was named player of the match.