(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Sharjeel Khan scored a brilliant hundred goals for the King of Karachi, but Islamabad United put in a superb team effort to overcome the attacker’s knock and win their second straight match in the Pakistan Super League.
After a Khan 59-ball 105 (nine four and eight six) helped the Kings score a total of 196 for three in 20 over, not a single Islamabad United batsman scored a half century.
But it didn’t matter as impressive blows from England opener Alex Hales (46, 21 balls, eight fours, one six), Iftikhar Ahmed (49 not out, 37 balls, two fours, three six), Hussain Talat (42, 31 balls, four four) and Asif Ali (21 not out, 9 balls, one four, two six) ensured that Islamabad United, two-time champions of the competition, beat the reigning champions by five goals to move up to second behind the leaders. Lahore Qalandars in the points table.
Despite missing the starting two goals – Phil Salt (0) and Shadab Khan (0) – United struggled and had a fantastic 62 run partnership with only 22 balls for the third goal between Hales and Faheem Ashraf (25, 15 balls, two fours and two. six) set the tone for their win in what was another beautiful goal to hit at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by five goals.
Karachi Kings 196 for three in 20 overs (Sharjeel Khan 105, Babar Azam 62, Daniel Christian 12 not leaving; Hasan Ali 1/36, Hussain Talat 1/25).
Islamabad United 197 for five times in 19.1 overs (Alex Hales 46, Iftikhar Ahmed 49 did not come out, Faheem Ashraf 25, Hussain Talat 42, Asif Ali 21 did not come out; Mohammad Nabi 1/26, Waqas Maqsood 1/22, Imad Wasim 1/32, Mohammad Amir 1/44, Arshad Iqbal 1/30).
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