Babar, spinners help Karachi register first win

Babar Azam’s unbeaten 47 and some restrictive spin bowling by Karachi Kings helped them register the first win of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), as they beat the defending champions Islamabad United by 8 runs in a rain-affected encounter at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday (February 17).

After being asked to bat first, Islamabad’s innings never really got off to a start they would have wanted. Apart from a couple of sixes that Dwayne Smith hit over long-on, Islamabad wasted much of the powerplay overs and by the time rain hit again at 7.1 overs, they were reeling at 34-2.

After the resumption, the game was reduced to 13 overs a side. Karachi’s restrictive bowling, apart from the penultimate over by Amir that went for 18, kept Islamabad to 90 for 7. Imad Wasim picked up 2 wickets for 15, while the young leg-spinner Usama Mir finished with 2-10.

Chasing 91 to win, Chris Gayle once again failed to contribute as he mistimed the third ball he faced to third man fieldman. Babar Azam put his hand up in times of chaos for Karachi Kings, as he struck a blistering 47 off 30 balls to make sure his side were ahead of the DLS par score before the final, decisive shower returned.

Karachi has now managed one win from the 4 games played so far, while Islamabad has won 2 out of their 4 games.


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