Match 18: Asif Ali’s Explosive Innings Takes Islamabad to Top of the Table

Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by 5 wickets.
Man of the Match: Asif Ali (IU)

Second Innings – Islamabad United

Despite being put under pressure by Karachi bowlers at 3/47, Asif Ali and Phil Salt partnered to get their team close to victory. Asif Ali blasted 70, including 6 sixes, off just 38 balls. Phil Salt’s 46 runs were equally important, allowing Asif Ali to play freely.

Islamabad romped to victory in the 20th over, making it to the top of the points table with a slightly better net run rate than Quetta Gladiators.

First Innings – Karachi Kings

An early wicket of Colin Munro could not stop Babar Azam (68) and Liam Livingstone (56) to thrash the Islamabad United bowlers all around the park.

Karachi’s batting faltered at the end as a flurry of wickets meant that they were 15-20 runs short, setting a target of 169. Rumman Raees bagged 3 wickets for 27 runs in his 4 overs.


Pre-Match

The second of today’s matches is scheduled between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings.

The last time two teams met, Islamabad United’s Luke Ronchi stole the show, easily guiding his team to a victory with a brilliant 67* off just 35 balls.

A win for Karachi will make it at par with Islamabad United with three wins, making the qualification scenarios even more interesting.

Match Details

Date Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time 09:00 PM PST
Umpires Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Ahsan Raza (PAK)
Match Referee Roshan Mahanama (SL)
TV Umpire Rashid Riaz (PAK)
Stadium Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Head-to-Head

Out of the 10 matches played between the two teams, Islamabad United has won 6 while Karachi Kings came out victorious 4 times.

Possible XI

Islamabad United:
Luke Ronchi (WK), Cameron Delport, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (C), Faheem Ashraf, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Musa, Rumman Raees

Karachi Kings:
Colin Munro, Babar Azam, Liam Livingstone, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk (WK), Ali Imran, Imad Wasim (C), Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Umer Khan, Sohail Khan

Players to Lookout For

Islamabad United:
Cameron Delport needs to fire and if he does, it will be a treat to watch. He has the firepower to threaten any bowling attack.

Karachi Kings:
Colin Munro is the number two ranked T20I batsman and if he gets going, he can single-handedly win games for Karachi Kings.


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