Karachi Kings VS Islamabad United Qualifier 31st PSL Match Highlights Today
Cricket Match Highlights of the Qualifier 31st PSL 2018 Match played between Karachi Kings Vs Islamabad United. As we predicted yesterday Islamabad United qualify for PSL 2018 final with eight-wicket win over Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings Qualifier Innings overview
After the Kings won the toss and opted to bat first, United’s Samit Patel and Mohammad Sami — both of who were rested for their defeat at the hands of Karachi in the final league match of PSL 2018 — returned to share the new ball.
Their impact was instant as the start to Karachi’s innings was rocky. Sami, in particular, was excellent early on, removing both Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam in the fourth over.
With their score just 21-2 at the end of 5 overs, theirs was a doubly difficult task of not only stabilising the ship but also accelerate the run flow.
The only edge they had was that Ingram and Denly were both set batsmen and perfectly placed to accelerate in the final five overs. Sami bowled a decent 17th before Ingram, on the final ball of the 18th, hit an excellent improvised shot to beat the third man fielder, bringing up his 50 in the process.
Ingram’s unbeaten 39-ball 68 helped Karachi to a decent, if not spectacular, 154-4.
Both Patel and Sami were excellent with the ball for United. Another player who was not risked for Karachi’s win over United on Sunday was the hard-hitting Luke Ronchi.
Islamabad United Qualifier Innings overview
In-form Usman Shinwari’s second was a quiet one before Ronchi rattled Tymal Mills with a trio of boundaries in the third. With Amir and Mills’ opening overs conceding three boundaries each, the ball was tossed to Shahid Afridi to try his luck. It changed nothing as Ronchi smashed three boundaries in the leggie’s first over. Ronchi hit two consecutive sixes in the 5th over, completing the fastest 50 of PSL history. His record half-century took just 19 balls.
By the end of the 5th over, Islamabad were a staggering 69-0 and had all but ended the encounter. Farhan (29 off 18) departed on the final ball of the 7th over, by which time United were 91-1.
But Ronchi was simply in a class of his own, giving zero respect to anyone who dared hurl the ball at him. He welcomed Mohammad Irfan Jr with three consecutive boundaries. Ronchi’s rampage and the Kings’ suffering wan’t over just yet.
His unbeaten 39-ball 94-run innings, which featured 12 boundaries and five maximums, finally came to an end when there were no more runs to chase. Islamabad United reached their target with 8 wickets and 45 balls to spare. Yes, you read that right.
Karachi Kings VS Islamabad United Qualifier 31st PSL 2018 Match Highlights
Karachi Kings PSL 2018 Qualifier Team
Khurram Manzoor, Joe Denly, Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan (capt), Colin Ingram, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Tymal Mills
Islamabad United PSL 2018 Qualifier Team
JP Duminy (capt), Alex Hales, Hussain Talat, Luke Ronchi (wk), Asif Ali, Sahibzada Farhan, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami