Karachi Kings set 174-run target for Islamabad United in PSL match


Sharjeel Khan plays a shot during the Pakistan Super League match at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. AFP

Karachi Kings Thursday handed a 174-run target to Islamabad United in the fourth match of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) eighth edition at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi, The News International reported.

Haider Ali starred for the home side as he completed his half-century to put the Kings in a strong position after the team lost opener Sharjeel Khan.

The batter hit seven fours and two maximums to score 59 runs off 45 balls. But, he later fell to Faheem Ashraf.

Following Haider’s departure, Mohammad Wasim struck twice in an over by taking Matthew Wade’s and Imad Wasim’s wickets.

The Australian batter could score only 18 runs, while skipper Imad, who smashed 80 runs in Karachi’s opener against Peshawar, was sent back for a golden duck.

The right-arm pacer put a halt to the Kings’ effort to score big against Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, who scored 18 runs, fell to Rumman Raees. After a fiery start, Sharjeel (34) was sent back to the pavilion by Tom Curran after scoring a crucial 34 runs.

Experienced pacer Raees announced his comeback to Islamabad by giving his side an early breakthrough. The left-arm pacer bowled James Vince (4) with an extraordinary in-swinging delivery on the last bowl of his first over.

Earlier, Islamabad had won the toss and opted to bowl first against Karachi Kings.


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