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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!

18 | 15 Runs 1 Wkt | IU: 118/5 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.55, RRR: 5.50)

  • Azhar Mahmood1 (1b)
  • Asif Ali19 (14b)
  • 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

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Islamabad Un 2nd innings Partnerships

1st9Sharjeel KhanAD Russell
2nd10BJ HaddinAD Russell
3rd0BJ HaddinKhalid Latif
4th63Khalid LatifMisbah-ul-Haq
5th23Misbah-ul-HaqAsif Ali
6th26Azhar MahmoodAsif Ali

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