Thursday Mar 14, 2019
KARACHI: Power hitter Asif Ali cut the wings of Imad Waseem-led Karachi Kings in a last over of their 162 run-chase in the first eliminator of the Pakistan Super League, as they beat Kings by four wickets at the National Stadium today.
Ali's unbeaten 10-ball 24 played a pivotal role during the death overs while facing Muhammad Aamir, Usman Khan Shinwari and Aamir Yameen.
Alex Hales with his 41 off 42 balls, which included five boundaries and a six set up a solid base for United. The momentum was later carried ahead by Hussain Talat (32).
For Kings, youngster Umer Khan bowled sensationally picking up two wickets for 16 runs. Aamir Yameen also picked up two wickets. Usman Shinwari and Muhammad Aamir picked one wicket each.
The Sami-11 will now face Peshawar Zalmi in the second eliminator of the tournament.
Fast bowling sensation Muhammad Musa with his three-for-42 restricted the Kings batting attack to 161.
Kings had a fiery start, with sensational knocks from Babar Azam (42) and Colin Munro (32). But all it required was a breakthrough by Musa who took down Munro's wicket to halt the building momentum.
Liam Livingstone and Colin Ingram provided brief middle-order support but were soon taken down by Shadab Khan and Musa respectively.
In-form Ingram scored 23 off 16 before leaving the crease.
Faheem Ashraf picked two wickets in the death overs to ensure no substantive resistance emerges from the lower-order.
Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan picked one wicket each.