2nd Qualifying Final, Sharjah, Mar 1 2017, Pakistan Super League
(15.2/20 ov, target 127)
Karachi Kngs won by 44 runs
Player Of The Match
Karachi Kings
IU Innings
Full commentary

11.50 pm That's all we have from ball-by-ball tonight. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.

"[About the catch] I think I had my eyes closed and that helped. it was just one of those catches that stuck. Pretty lucky," Kumar Sangakkara says, "Smith was an important player, good to get him out early. Surprised I caught it. But during the break, we were in a good positoin at 15 overs, we wanted to get 150. But the way the boys came back was outstanding. Imad and Usama were excellent. This was a wicket we had to bowl straight. It was touch with a wet ball but with it skidding and keeping low, Imad was excellent and Usama too. We left Polly to do a bit too much again. We have to correct that with the bat. Draining to play do-or-die games. The boys are banding together though. Very proud of our team"

"We couldn't bat well on that pitch. One-twenty seven was gettable. No pressure of a knockout game. They just bowled well and once we lost wickets, the pressure mounted. I think we batted badly,"Misbah-ul-Haq says, "Shadab bowled really well, took crucial wickets at crucial stages and the way he caught especially, that's very special. He can bat too, he can dent oppositions. Next year is still far away. Let's see [about his playing more PSL]. You need to move on. Obviously, we'll see next year. [Are you ready to go to the West Indies?] Lets see. It's not the time to answer that question. I will make the decision soon"

Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match for his 3 for 18, including Misbah-ul-Haq and Shane Watson. "The wicket supported me, it was a bit on the slow side and I had to step up. It's been a long time. I think, I like those crunch situations and the wicket was on the low side, so I just bowled short of a length and not giving room. If you don't take wickets you can't win and in a low-scoring game you have to take wickets to win. Ready for another knockout game on Friday."

Abdullah Saleem: "Amir's two early wickets should not be forgotten. He certainly deserves a lot of credit because he got two of the in-form batsmen especially Smith."

Babar Azam gets the green cap for being the highest run-scorer in the PSL

11.35 pm This is the lowest total defended in the PSL and it's totally down to Imad Wasim (3 for 18) and Usama Mir (3 for 24) - two spinners on a night where there was no shortage of dew. They somehow made it work for them though, using the skidders and arm balls and controlling the length and line so well that the batsman could only defend or slog. And when Islamabad chose to slog, they were bowled or lbw. Islamabad were 47 for 2 - and then they were 82 all out with only two batsmen getting into double-digits. Karachi Kings will play Peshawar Zalmi for a spot in the final on Friday

Hammad Azaz: "Karachi kings somehow reminds me of an un-predictable Pakistan team" Winning out of nowhere.

Haris: "Even Islamabad United somehow reminds me of the Pakistan cricket team. " Heh, losing out of nowhere

Mohammad Amir to Rumman Raees, OUT
taken by long-on running to his left and Karachi are through. The defending champions Islamabad crash out, failing to chase 127. Length ball, skews it over the top and once the catch is taken, Amir borrows Raees' wicket celebration. Just standing there, tipping his head to the side and folding his arms.
Rumman Raees c Pollard b Mohammad Amir 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Mohammad Amir to Rumman Raees, no run
back of a length and outside off, he cuts and misses

Amir's back to take the last man

end of over 155 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 82/9CRR: 5.46 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 45 runs from 30b
Mohammad Irfan0 (2)
Rumman Raees0 (2)
Sohail Khan3-0-21-1
Usama Mir4-0-24-3
Sohail Khan to Mohammad Irfan, no run
full on off stump, defends
Sohail Khan to Mohammad Irfan, no run
full and straight, and somehow Irfan keeps it out

Mohammad Irfan walks out, he's the last man

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, OUT
plays all around the slower ball, it's back of the hand too, and the stumps are shattered. Just your average tail-ender hitting right across a striaght delivery
Amad Butt b Sohail Khan 7 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Raj: "Btw is this the last we are seeing of misbah ul haq? Remember he is to take a call following the end of psl." Not by a long shot. He's leading Pakistan to West Indies later in April

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, 1 wide
misses the offcutter outside off, but it's a bit too far outside off says the umpire
Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, FOUR runs
smacks a back of a length ball on off stump to the long-on boundary
Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, no run
oh dear, this should be a run-out. Karachi have two cracks at it because Raees has slipped. The throw from cover misses. Then Raees, who has lost his bat, has to scramble on his knees to reach his ground on the second throw from midwicket
Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, no run
back of a length on off stump, blocks it

Islamabad need 50 off 36 now, with only two wickets in hand. Seems we will have a new champion this PSL season

end of over 143 runs • 2 wicket
IU: 77/8CRR: 5.5 • RRR: 8.33 • Need 50 runs from 36b
Rumman Raees0 (2)
Amad Butt3 (4)
Usama Mir4-0-24-3
Imad Wasim4-0-18-3
Usama Mir to Rumman Raees, no run
flatter delivery on middle, defends. That's the end of another top spell from a Karachi spinner, despite the palpable dew - 3 for 24
Usama Mir to Rumman Raees, no run
tosses it up wide outside off, he lets it go

Rumman Raees took a four-four, thinking he had set up a victory. Here he is playing a hat-trick ball

Usama Mir to Mohammad Sami, OUT
appeal for lbw and Usama is certain about it. The umpire isn't so gives the benefit of the doubt to the batsman. Asks the review. This is a really full delivery on off stump, Sami comes forward to block, and he does so down the wrong line. The bat is beside the ball with him playing for turn. There isn't much, and because of that it hits pad first. This could be gone. Ball-tracking gives up all reds and Sami is outta here
Mohammad Sami lbw b Usama Mir 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Usama Mir to Asif Ali, OUT
that's gorgeous. The set batsman Asif tries to be a bit cheeky, going deep in his crease to try and late cut the ball, but he waits for too long. Basically guides the ball into the keeper's gloves, undone by a little more turn than he expects. Usama Mir sets off on a jaunt. Good work from Sanga too, to rise with the ball
Asif Ali c †Sangakkara b Usama Mir 39 (36b 3x4 1x6) SR: 108.33
Usama Mir to Amad Butt, 1 run
goes back and whips a short delivery to long leg
Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run
smacks a flatter, quicker delivery to deep point

Islamabad need 52 off 42

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 wide
looks to sweep, and Sanga goes up in appeal for some reason. He didn't catch the ball, so it's not for that. Length ball sliding down is called a wide

Basim: "Dew makes it harder of spinners Nawaz and Imad got other ideas"

end of over 134 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 74/6CRR: 5.69 • RRR: 7.57 • Need 53 runs from 42b
Amad Butt2 (3)
Asif Ali38 (34)
Imad Wasim4-0-18-3
Usama Mir3-0-21-1
Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, 2 runs
fuller delivery on middle, nudges it away towards long leg. Finishes an excellent spell, 3 for 18 while defending 126

Naseef: "Loving this match. Low scoring and full of thrill. This PSL as we all know as been thoroughly competitive. What worries me is by the end of this tournament we might have to bite our fingers as the nails are already gone!!"

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run
tosses it up on leg stump, works it away to deep square leg
Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, 1 leg bye
works it off middle with a flick, which is dangerous with Wasim skidding the ball through
Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, no run
fuller delivery outside off, defends

Islamabad are 70 for 6, having once been 47 for 2. Imad Wasim's spell, with dew on the outfield, has been game-changing

Imad Wasim to Pooran, OUT
massive appeal for lbw and it's been given. Wasim is running through them. Is Pooran going to review? He really should because this may go down leg. And finally, they go for the check. It's the pace again, beating the batsman, especially with him playing a cross-bat shot over midwicket. No bat. Ball-tracking says it clips leg stump and the umpire's call of out is upheld
N Pooran lbw b Imad Wasim 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33