Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by eight wickets in PSL 3

Islamabad United beat Karachi Kings by eight wickets in PSL 3

SHARJAH: Islamabad United defeated Karachi Kings by eight wickets in the 15th fixture of Pakistan Super League (2018) here at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.
A Ronchi’s blitz has helped Islamabad United to inflict first loss on Karachi Kings in the third installment of PSL. In pursuit of 154, Islamabad United started confidently with Ronchi and Duminy hitting the ball all across the ground.
Ronchi added 104 runs for first wicket with Duminy. He was dismissed on 71. His innings included ten 4s and three 6s.
After Ronchi’s soft dismissal, calm Duminy kept things under control. He along with other partners completed target comfortably. United chased down the target in 18th over.
Asked to bat first by Islamabad, Karachi started slow but gained momentum later in their innings to put 153 runs on the board at the end. Islamabad responded aggressively, so much so that they soon knocked Karachi out of the equation.
United had a 104-run opening wicket stand courtesy a smashing 71-run knock by Luke Ronchi, who was later adjudged man of the match for his match-winning performance. Meanwhile, Kings never looked in control of the game as United continued with their onslaught.
Kings lost an early wicket when Joe Denly was bowled by Sami in the second over after scoring four runs.
Opener Khurram Manzoor was joined by Babar Azam in the centre who steadied the innings, taking their side to 32/1 at the end of the batting powerplay.
Despite not being able to take another wicket, United’s bowlers were successful in keeping the Kings’ batsmen relatively quiet. Karachi Kings managed to score only 49 runs in the first 10 overs for the loss on one wicket.
It was not until the 11th over when the Kings shifted gears and started batting aggressively. They scored 32 runs in three overs; so when a strategic timeout was called after the 13th over, Kings were 81 with nine wickets remaining to make the most of the remaining seven overs of their innings — and set a defendable total.
Manzoor and Azam scored a remarkable 101-run partnership before Manzoor was dismissed by Fahim Ashraf after scoring 51 of 41 balls.
Karachi Kings scored 153 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Manzoor and Azam remained the pick of batsmen scoring 51 and 55 runs, respectively.


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