PSL 2021: Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United, Karachi Kings set a target of 197 runs at the end of first innings
Karachi Kings are playing against Islamabad United in the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League 2021 at the National Stadium in Karachi. Earlier, Islamabad United won the toss and elected to bowl first. Islamabad United would have to score 197 runs to win their second match in PSL 2021.
At the end of the first innings, Karachi Kings scored 196 for the loss of three wickets. Sharjeel Khan scored a century for the Karachi Kings in just 55 deliveries by hitting a six off Faheem Ashraf. On the other end, Babar Azam supported his partner.
The opening combination of Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan proved to be a plus point for Karachi Kings as the pair reached their 150 run partnership in 15.3 overs with Sharjeel lofting the ball over for a six off Hasan Ali.
The partnership of runs was broken by Babar Azam who scored 62 off 54 getting run out by Alex Hales at the start of the 19th over. Consecutively, in the next ball, Sharjeel was called out due to an lbw appeal by Islamabad United after he scored 105 off 59 balls.
However, the damage was already done as Karachi Kings had amassed 176 runs by then. Mohammad Nabi (7 runs, 5 balls) was caught as the ball flew to safely land in the hands of Zafar Gohar in the last ball of the innings.
Islamabad United’s bowlers proved to be very expensive, with all the bowlers having a five-plus economic rate. However, Shadab Khan had to face the most brunt as in his two overs he gave away 32 runs with an economy rate of 16.
Karachi Kings would be aiming to have two consecutive wins in a row after winning the first match against Quetta Gladiators on Saturday. On the other hand, Islamabad United would also like to win the match and would aim to top the table.
Currently, Karachi Kings are in the second spot, while Islamabad United are at the third spot after their win against Multan Sultans on Sunday.