The final match of the league session in PSL was marked by Karachi Kings. The team thumped a six-wicket victory over Islamabad United cruising forward in the tournament. The backdrop of the victory was in the toss, which Karachi won. The team’s decision to bowl first was critical because it determined the outcome of the match that started 90 minutes late. The match set off with Islamabad United holding on strongly to the wickets. The openers Dwayne Smith and Ben Duckett posed a 37-run partnership off 27 balls. Both the innings had good attacks from seamers, spinners, and fast bowlers.
A strong showdown from Chris Gayle steered the chase for Karachi Kings. In his 17-ball 44 knock, he delivered five sixes in eight balls. It was the match winning stretch for Karachi Kings. In the previous inning, Islamabad’s batsman could not exploit the bowlers and were unable to score throughout the first 15 overs. They lost wickets occasionally and faced serious drops in strike rates. The most sluggish stretch was from 6th over to 10th where the team scored 27 runs losing two wickets. On bowling attacks were leg-spinner Usama Mir and Left-arm-spinner Imad Wasim. The variations with which they bowled allowed only a single boundary in the stretch.
In the win, Gayle’s contribution was massive. But other batsmen as well as bowlers had equal roles in the match. The fielding was strong at both ends. Additionally, the cameos by the end of the inning were substantial for Karachi. Winning the match, the team added 124 points, which they required to attain a position. On the points-table they are now third. Meanwhile, Islamabad followed them being fourth in the table. Had they win the match, the team would have finished first on the chart. Now the team will play a qualifying final on February 28. On March 1, the teams will play once again to decide the elimination.
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