Karachi Kings demolished Islamabad United in eliminator round

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 | 0

Finally, the most underdog team in ongoing PSL 2 Karachi Kings has qualified for upcoming 2nd qualifier where they will have to play against the loser of the 1st qualifier round Peshawar Zalmi. Yesterday, Karachi Kings faced the defending champion of Pakistan Super League Islamabad United at Sharjah Cricket Stadium where they did the most impossible things by defeating United by huge difference. Islamabad United got packet by scoring just 82 runs in 2nd innings while chasing 126 runs. The most interesting matter is that United which regarded as the most potential team in this tournament as well as most balanced team. They had capability to beat any contenders in this tournament but most surprising things are they faced total three times Karachi Kings including the eliminator round and in all three cases, they faced defeat. On the other hand, Karachi Kings started the season with loss and faced defeat against most of the teams in PSL 2 but against United, they were good all time.

However, at the day night competition, United won the toss and came to bowl first. Their bowlers were good enough to tie opponent innings with few runs and so they started to ball. Kings openers added 42 runs when Gayle was out with his 17 runs. Gayle played well in last match but in eliminator stage, he could not last long. In the following over, Azam was out. So, lost two wickets in same score, run rate getting poorer but later, Sangakkara, Malik, Bopara, Pollard all players contributed to the score and passed almost two figure runs. So, finally, they getting all out in 19.4 overs by scoring 126 runs. Rumman Raees took highest four wickets for the team.

126 runs was poor enough to the United as well as in the ground as well. In last match, Quetta scored almost 200 runs in the ground by batting first and chasi the score Peshawar scored 199 runs so far. But United stumbled at the beginning of the match but the opening partnership was broken in 12 runs. In the same over with same score, they lost second wickets. Without Asif Ali who scored highest 39 runs, no one could stand for long. His nearest score was 13 by Misbah. So, they were being all out in 15.2 overs and lost by 44 runs so far.

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