Karachi Kings defeated Islamabad United by 44 runs to go through to the second qualifier of the Pakistan Super League on Wednesday.
The flurry of wickets, courtesy leg spinner Imad Wasim, Muhammad Amir and Usama Mir who took three each, left Islamabad at a disappointing 82 all out, 45 runs short of their target. The innings kicked off with a stunning upset as Dwayne Smith was caught out early by Kings captain and wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara off a delivery by Amir, who then went on to bowl BJ Haddin.
Leg spinner Imad Wasim bowled United skipper Misbah-ul-Haq at the beginning of the 9th over and Shane Watson at the end of the 11th over. He returned to take Nicholas Pooran’s wicket.
Usama Mir got Shadab Khan, Asif Ali and Muhammad Sami out. Sohail Khan clean bowled Amad Butt.
The Karachi Kings racked up a sluggish 126 runs with all out against Islamabad United.
Wickets fell like dominoes for the Kings during the last 5 overs of the match, with Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan, Imad Wasim taken out by United.
Babar Azam and Malik both scored 25 runs each, the highest scores this innings by Kings batsmen.
United bowlers dazzled in the innings with 18-year-old Shadab Khan taking Azam’s wicket off his first ball.
Rumman Raees knocked Chris Gayle out early with just 17 runs. He went on to get Bopara, Pollard and Wasim caught out and took Usama Mir’s catch off Muhammad Sami.