Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, PSL 2016 eliminator February 20, 2016

Sami sends Karachi Kings packing

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Islamabad United 115 for 1 (Haddin 52*, Smith 50*) beat Karachi Kings 111 for 9 (Bopara 37, Sami 5-8) by nine wickets
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Change of captaincy did little to change the fortunes of Karachi Kings as they went down by nine wickets to Islamabad United in the PSL eliminator at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.

A top-order wobble proved too costly as they slipped and slid to a below par 111 for 9 after being sent in to bat. Islamabad lost Sharjeel Khan early, but two of their experienced overseas professionals - Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin - made light work of the target, winning with 34 balls to spare. Along the way, they also sounded out a note of caution for Peshawar Zalmi, their next opponent, ahead of the grand finale.

That only three Karachi batsmen managed to get into double digits summed up the plight of the side that was led by Ravi Bopara after Shoaib Malik stepped down as captain on match eve.

That Karachi were lifted out of the hole they found themselves in at 39 for 4 was courtesy Bopara, who top-scored with a fighting 37 before Mohammad Sami scythed through the lower order to finish with incredible figures of 5 for 8 off his four overs.

Sohail Khan gave Karachi a boost upfront as Sharjeel fell for 9 in the fourth over, but Smith, playing in only his second PSL game, drove the chase forward in Haddin's company; the former Australia wicketkeeper playing the role of an aggressor, hitting an unbeaten 52 off just 29 balls courtesy four fours and three sixes. Smith finished on 50 not out as Islamabad, who began the tournament slowly, appeared to have revved up their engine when it matters the most.

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  • Nuraiz on February 22, 2016, 8:35 GMT

    @SNGOMES I think he's a better bowler of 50 overs than T20 (which both wasim/waqar didn't played). Still he's the best economical bowler upfront. Though he's not a big in-swinger of the ball but you can't find anyone in pakistan except for wasim. Further more under your coach waqar younis, bowling has deteriorated further. I wouldn't be surprised if Amir underperforms under the coaching of Legendary Waqar.

  • Sunny on February 22, 2016, 4:09 GMT

    @Nuraizsarfraz then why is Amir getting such undeserved hype in 50 and 20 over cricket? His good spells have not been on Asian pitches. But outside Asia. why cannot his admirers wait till he actually matches Wasim or Waqar in these conditions?

  • ESPN on February 21, 2016, 16:59 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan should be picked ahead of Khurram Manzoor. I haven't understood the reason or logic behind his selection.

  • Muhammad on February 21, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    PSL 5 teams concept is great. I think we don't need that making tournament will definitely make people tired. So, please stick to this 5 team concept for next edition.

  • J on February 21, 2016, 15:14 GMT

    What is all this excitement about a mediocre medium pacer getting some lucky wickets?

  •   Raj Kp on February 21, 2016, 15:08 GMT

    awesome luv psl i am supporting zalmi so go zalmi

  • ilyas on February 21, 2016, 10:58 GMT

    Sami has been one of the biggest disappointments in pak cricket over the last 15 years. Could have been something special but there was always something missing. One good performance was followed by about ten atrocious performances. He has had his one good performance!!!!!

  • Giridhar on February 21, 2016, 9:49 GMT

    i don't know what world class bowling we are talking about. after waqar and akram, I don't see any great talent in pakistan bowling. Amir, irfan, anwar ali, rahat etc they all look ordinary, only time can tell how long they perform. even some bowlers from india like Srinath, zaheer Khan,Shami have proved themselves for a long time. its dissappointing that a country known to produce only bowlers have not produced stand apart fast bowlers after the duo. I did not see any in PSL too, batting no need to discuss at all.

  • Imran on February 21, 2016, 9:41 GMT

    I think there is a lot to learn for Lahore and Karachi. They select some good guys but there was no synchronisation in the teams sadly. I can understand Azhar was a misfit for this format but don't what happened with Malik as he is quite specialist for this kind of cricket. I hope they come up good next season. There are plenty of good guys in domestic needs giving a chance. By the way I was really impressed with Sohail Khan. His seam bowling and reverse at the end of inning was good. I think Pakistan should consider him in ODI side along with Amir and wahab. Another guy Aamir Yamin has been very under utilised. He is more than handy with bat too. Anyways PSL is quite fun. I'm already looking forward to next season.

  • Nuraiz on February 21, 2016, 9:32 GMT

    Amir is a brilliant line and length bowler. The real gauge for a bowler is a test match not a mere T20 outing!

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