Islamabad United’s hopes of successfully defending the title in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) are shattered, as they faltered in their chase to lose by 44 runs, handing a record for the lowest total successfully defended at the PSL to Karachi Kings.
Chasing a modest 127 for victory, Misbah’s men put up a rather timid show with the bat after a convincing performance in the first half of the innings. Islamabad got off to a poor start as Amir struck twice in the third over to remove Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin. On a slow surface where run scoring was not entirely easy, United’s middle order failed to put up any resistance against the accurate bowling by Imad Wasim and Usama Mir, as they bundled out for just 82.
Imad Wasim took 3 wickets for 18, while Usama Mir finished with the figures of 3 for 24.
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Earlier, Karachi kings had managed 126 after having been asked to bat first, mainly due to the contributions from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, both scored a crucial 25 to help Karachi post a fighting total.
Rumman Raees was the pick of the bowlers for Islamabad as he claimed 4 wickets for just 25 runs.
It is only the second time a team has been bowled out under the score of 100. The other incident took place last month when Lahore Qalandars succumbed to 59 against Peshawar Zalmi
Karachi will now have to face Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator match on Friday.
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