Today, Islamabad United beat the Karachi Kings by 2 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
Saeed Ajmal, who was playing just his 2nd competitive game since November 2015, took a wicket in his first over and then bowled a double wicket over in his last to help United defend 132 against the Kings. The Kings needed 16 off the last over, bowled by Watson. Usama Mir was run out, which was called a wide and the very next ball was sliced by Mohammed Amir for a 4 through point and 3rd man rebounded with a dot. The fourth ball of the over was bizarre: wicketkeeper Sam Billings hit the stumps, after Amir had backed away and failed to connect, but the bails refused to budge. Ravi Bopara then smashed a six of the penultimate ball and with 4 needed of the last ball, Watson held his nerve and edged United across the line. This meant United got their first win of the HBL PSL and got the 2 points taking them to number 4.
Chasing 133, Karachi lost their openers in 4 overs. Imad Wasim was promoted to number 3 and hit 6 fours to put the Kings back on track but when he fell they went from 35 for 2 to 87 for 7.
Ajmal tighted United’s grip on the Kings with two wickets in 3 balls in the 15th over. He had Shakid Al Hasan caught out in the deep and Saifullah Bangash with a forced edge. This left Karachi needing 46 off 30 balls with only three wickets in hand. Bopara, who had taken two wickets with his slow rollers and cutters, forced the pace with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 32 off 19 balls, but couldn’t get his side over the line.
United were not always in control of the game. They had their own collapse earlier today. Kings took 5 wickets from them for just 19 runs. A respected partnership by Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif and some lusty blows right at the end of the innings got United to 132, which was enough in the end.
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