Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, PSL 2016, Dubai February 7, 2016

Ajmal helps Islamabad clinch last-ball thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff

Islamabad United 132 for 8 (Latif 39, Sharjeel 28, Bopara 2-25) beat Karachi Kings 130 for 9 (Bopara 32*, Ajmal 3-27) by two runs
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Saeed Ajmal, playing only his second competitive match since November 2015, struck with his first ball and then produced a double-strike in his last over to help Islamabad United defend 132 against Karachi Kings in a last-ball thriller. With Karachi needing 16 off the last over, bowled by Shane Watson, Usama Mir was run-out off the first ball, which was called a wide. The next ball was sliced away for four by Mohammad Amir before Watson rebounded with a dot. The fourth ball of the over was bizarre: wicketkeeper Sam Billings hit the stumps, after Amir had backed away and failed to connect, but the bails refused to budge. Ravi Bopara then launched a six off the penultimate ball, but Watson held his nerve as Islamabad edged out Karachi.

This meant that Islamabad secured their first points in the Pakistan Super League, after two straight losses. Chasing 133, Karachi lost their openers within four overs. Imad Wasim, who had batted at No.7 in his previous match, was promoted to No.3, and put Karachi back on track with six fours. Wasim's dismissal, however, sparked a collapse as Karachi fell from 35 for 2 to 87 for 7.

It was Ajmal who hastened the collapse with two wickets in three balls in the 15th over. He had Shakib Al Hasan holing out to deep square leg for 20 and then forced a leading edge off Saifullah Bangash. This left Karachi needing 46 off 30 balls with only three wickets in hand. Bopara, who had taken two wickets with his slow rollers and cutters, forced the pace with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 32 off 19 balls, but couldn't get his side over the line.

Earlier in the day, Islamabad had endured a collapse of their own. They gave away five wickets for only 19 runs. But impetus at the top, courtesy a 45-run partnership between Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, and late blows from Mohammad Sami pushed Islamabad to 132, which eventually proved just enough.

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  • Hasib on February 8, 2016, 14:22 GMT

    Karachi needs to rest Vince and pick a local top order (or a lower order). That will give them a chance to pick Mushfiq, who happens to be in the form of his life. Bopara could've used Mushfiq as a partner in this match..

  • YASIR on February 8, 2016, 9:59 GMT

    No comprehensive coverage on PSL by cric info its not fair.

  • khan on February 8, 2016, 8:49 GMT

    i am confused. how can i support Islamabad none of my guys like sohail tanveer, aamir, muhammad nawaz, imad waseem, are playing for islamabad. and how can i support karachi its not the city i am living in. a confused PSL for me

  • Rogie on February 8, 2016, 5:27 GMT

    Hope this MoM award does wonder for him and he gets the confidence that he can be competitive again.

  • Arif on February 7, 2016, 22:01 GMT

    Good to see Ajmal back and bowling well. Always liked him as a player and as a person. Keep it up bhai.

  •   Khan Mohsin on February 7, 2016, 20:56 GMT

    Loving it , it's a second best thing hapened to pak cricket after great khan . Good to see some real talent like nawaz and asghar and think and that only hapened because no pcb involvement . Asghar and nawaz should be in team right away and kick shahid afridi out make sarfraz the captain

  • Hammad on February 7, 2016, 20:50 GMT

    very interesting and nail biting matches... So finally United made it. Good for them.

  • Fawad on February 7, 2016, 20:33 GMT

    Good contests today. Disappointed with the batting of Zalmi , my fav team. Huge fan following of this team mainly due to Afridi

  •   Muhammad Irfan on February 7, 2016, 20:20 GMT

    This young lad Nawaz is super talented he is as fatal with bat as he with the ball. It was just a bad day with Bat but still he managed to grab 2nd man of match of 4500 USD. Which is Quiet high amount as a man of the match. Even IPL give 100000 INR(1550 USD). Really amazed to see.

  •   Muhammad Zubair Haroon on February 7, 2016, 20:15 GMT

    Waiting to see some high scoring match, waiting for Sharjah pitch

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