Islamabad United successfully chased down the target of 202 runs with 4 balls remaining, thanks to Azam Khan’s unbeaten 72 runs off 41 balls. Rassie van der Dussen and Alex Hales added 50 runs for the second wicket before falling in quick succession. Azam Khan and Faheem Ashraf then added an impressive partnership of 124 runs in 69 balls, keeping Islamabad United in control of the run-chase. Asif Ali hit a six and a four to finish off the run-chase in the final over.
Earlier, Karachi Kings set a daunting target of 202 runs, thanks to Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 92 runs off 54 balls. Karachi scored 61 runs in the powerplay but lost three wickets in the process. Sharjeel Khan, Tayyab Tahir, and Adam Rossington were the first to go, while Shoaib Malik fell to Faheem Ashraf. Imad Wasim then added 99 runs with Irfan Khan for the fifth wicket. Tom Curran claimed two wickets for Islamabad United, while Hasan Ali’s impressive relay catch led to Irfan Khan’s dismissal.
Karachi Kings, who won the toss and decided to bowl first, are in fifth position on the points table, having won only two of their eight matches so far. Islamabad United are in a better position, with eight points after six matches, placing them third on the points table behind Lahore Qalandars (first) and Multan Sultans (second).
Lineups for the match were as follows:
Colin Munro, Alex Hales, Rassie van der Dussen, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan (wk), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Curran, Hasan Ali, Mubasir Khan, Rumman Raees
Matthew Wade, Adam Rossington (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Tayyab Tahir, Shoaib Malik, Irfan Khan, Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Andrew Tye, Tabraiz Shamsi