16th Match (D/N), Sharjah, Feb 14 2016, Pakistan Super League
(18.5/20 ov, target 129)
Islamabad Un won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Islamabad United
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Karachi Kings128/5(20 overs)
Islamabad United131/5(18.5 overs)

7.10pm And that is that. Islamabad gain a couple of valuable points in the race for playoff spots. One more game coming up later today - Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi. Do stay tuned for that. Until then, ta ta!

A.Malik: "So here it is: If Lahore loses both next matches, Islamabad and Karachi qualify. If Karachi loses its last match, Islamabad will qualify and Lahore will need 1 out of 2 wins to qualify. If Karachi wins last match and Lahore also wins 2 matches, it will come down to run rate between all 3!"

Misbah-ul-Haq: "It's a good win, Asif really finished the game well. The game became a little difficult [when I got out], but the way he hit those couple of boundaries, he really showed his promise. The bowlers bowled really well on this pitch. It has been a good confidence boost for us. [Russell] wasn't getting too many overs, so we thought we will send him in early, maybe he will hit some big shots and gain some confidence."

Shoaib Malik: "There is another opportunity and we are professionals. When you lose, disappointment is there, but you put it behind you and look for another opportunity. We are losing most of our games in the first six overs, whether it is bowling or batting. That is where we need to improve our skills. Hopefully, Lendl will be fit for the next game."

Imran Khalid is the man of the match. "I'd like to thank the captain and team management, who have given me a lot of confidence," he says. "I have experience of bowling with the new ball in domestic cricket, and I'm thankful to Allah for giving me those two early wickets that gave our team a good base for this match."

Jawad: "It looks as if Malik has now so many options in bowling and batting both that he gets confused."

6.55pm An interesting match, but another defeat for Karachi Kings. They just didn't have enough runs on the board to defend. Islamabad move up to six points, and stay in contention for a top-two finish.

Mir Hamza to Asif Ali, SIX runs
bish, bash, boom. Short ball angling into off stump, and Asif has finished with a six. Steps across, swivels, and pulls it away, high over the square leg umpire. Superb timing, and a crucial innings to close this game
Mir Hamza to Asif Ali, no run
bouncer, Asif ducks under it
Mir Hamza to Asif Ali, SIX runs
full, angling into off stump, and that's another clean strike, goes deep in his crease with his back leg, clears his front leg, and swivels through his hips to launch over wide long-on

Hamza has been bowling around the wicket all through this over, by the way

Mir Hamza to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
back of a length on middle and leg, clears his front leg and swats it away to deep square leg
Mir Hamza to Azhar Mahmood, no run
short outside off, slapped to backward point

Mir Hamza.

Saqlain: "Any reason Imad Wasim hasn't been given the ball today?" -- Good question. I had forgotten he was on the field!

end of over 1815 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 118/5CRR: 6.55 • RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 from 12b
Azhar Mahmood1 (1)
Asif Ali19 (14)
Ravi Bopara3-0-22-1
Mohammad Amir4-1-21-1
Bopara to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
low full-toss outside off, lets it come on and squeezes it down to third man
Bopara to Asif Ali, 1 run
length ball outside off, leans back while looking to flat-bat through cover, and ends up miscuing it, on the bounce towards long-off
Bopara to Asif Ali, 1 wide
whoops. Another full one that slides down the leg side
Bopara to Asif Ali, SIX runs
slower ball outside off, and that's a super strike from Asif. Held his shape very well and swung freely through the line and easily cleared the fielder back at long-off
Bopara to Asif Ali, 4 leg byes
full, angling down leg, and Asif can't connect with the flick but the ball clips his back leg and runs away to the fine leg boundary
Bopara to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT
down the track now and Bopara bowls a slower ball wide of off stump. Misbah goes through with the big hit, seems to make a good connection, but he gets more elevation and less distance than desired, and the ball swirls around in the air before dropping down into long-on's hands
Misbah-ul-Haq c Vince b Bopara 38 (38b 5x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Sees Misbah shuffling across his stumps, and runs through the crease without delivering the ball. A bit of cat and mouse here.

Bopara to Asif Ali, 1 run
back of a length on middle and leg, stays inside the line for the push through cover
Bopara to Asif Ali, 1 wide
looks for the yorker, angles it down the leg side

The two main quicks have bowled out their quotas. I don't know if Karachi want to bowl Mir Hamza in this situation. Shakib and Bopara have two overs each remaining. How will Malik go about this? Bopara to bowl this one.

end of over 176 runs
IU: 103/4CRR: 6.05 • RRR: 8.66 • Need 26 from 18b
Misbah-ul-Haq38 (37)
Asif Ali11 (10)
Mohammad Amir4-1-21-1
Ravi Bopara2-0-11-0
Mohammad Amir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
bouncer, Misbah ducks his upper body under it
Mohammad Amir to Asif Ali, 1 run
full on off stump, whipped to deep midwicket
Mohammad Amir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
fullish, angling into middle and off. Shuffes across to nurdle into the midwicket region

Around the wicket now.

Syed Mohsin: "Too much changes, shuffling, lack of specialist batsmen are hurting KK. After 6 matches they haven't been able to decide roles. If you see Gladiators and Zalmi their combination is superb"

Mohammad Amir to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
back of a length outside off, dabbed to backward point
Mohammad Amir to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs
full on middle stump, looks for the yorker. Misbah goes deep in his crease to whip it away, gets an inside edge that runs away between his legs and into the fine leg boundary
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossIslamabad United , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League 2016
Player Of The Match
Imran Khalid
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-16.20, Interval 16.20-16.40, Second Session 16.40-18.10
Match days14 February 2016 - day/night match (20-over match)
Joel Wilson
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Shozab Raza
Reserve Umpire
Rashid Riaz
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsIslamabad United 2, Karachi Kings 0