In 2016, Karachi failed to chase a target of 133, this time, they made Islamabad to fail to chase a lower target of 126. Champion of the last PSL season Islamabad United had to surrender early in this season losing the latest match against Karachi Kings. The team failed chase the target of 127 in the match, which became the lowest target successfully defended in PSL history so far. And all accolades to Karachi Kings.
In the first inning Islamabad bowlers attacked strong to strangle Karachi, but in the next stretch, their batsmen could not knock down to par with the requirement. They could not bat boldly, while, the pitch was low and slow. Struggling to score the team lost two wickets early in the inning plummeting their strike rate.
Islamabad’s mid order could not play against the canny spells from Imad Wasim and Usama Mir. The outcome of the match became quite apparent in the mid inning as Karachi bowlers dominated the match since the beginning. Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan bowled consecutive maiden overs delivering pace and bounce in the start. This pressed the chase, which could not gather momentum throughout the stretch. In the pre-ultimate over, Rumman Raees struck down three wickets. Islamabad lost five wickets for a single run on the strike to exhaust itself. They were at 122 for 5, falling to 126 for all out.
Misbah’s wicket was the critical turning point of the chase. When he came to bat, there was a strong chance of winning the match, even if the score was low. There were enough overs and batsmen before him, with a low target. But his fall in the delivery from Imad initiated the wobble. Only two batsmen could reach double digit figures. Imad and Mir scalped six wickets for 42 runs only in eight overs. The former was awarded Man-of-the-Match for back to back wickets that capped Islamabad’s chase.
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