Pakistan Super League 2016 February 14, 2016

Islamabad United canter to five-wicket victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Islamabad United 131 for 5 (Misbah 38, Latif 33) beat Karachi Kings 128 for 5 (Bopara 45, Khalid 2-19) by five wickets
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Imran Khalid was the most successful bowler for Islamabad United with returns of 2 for 19 © PCB

Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asif Ali chipped in with thirties, as Islamabad United cruised to a five-wicket win against Karachi Kings in Sharjah. The win lifted Islamabad United to third place on the points table, behind Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi.

Chasing a modest target of 129, Islamabad lost three early wickets, but Misbah (38) and Latif (33) stitched a patient 63-run partnership to lead a recovery. Once Latif was dismissed, in the 14th over, Asif gave Islamabad the thrust they needed by smashing 31 off 17 balls to take his side home with seven deliveries to spare. Sohail Khan was the pick of Karachi's bowlers, taking 2 for 23.

Earlier, Karachi, having been sent in to bat, had also suffered a poor start, falling to 2 for 3 within two overs. However, Ravi Bopara, as he has done numerous times already in the tournament, held the innings together with a vital 45. Shahzaib Hasan scored 27 off 19 balls and Mushfiqur Rahim blitzed a 27-ball 33, but a total of 128 for 5 never really seemed enough.