Eliminator 1 (N), Karachi, Mar 14 2019, Pakistan Super League
(19.3/20 ov, target 162)164/6
United won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
player of the match
Alex Hales
Islamabad United
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Hales, Asif see Islamabad through, Karachi Kings eliminated

A four-wicket win for Islamabad United saw them chasing down Karachi's 161 with three balls to spare

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Scorecard summary
Karachi Kings161/9(20 overs)
Islamabad United164/6(19.3 overs)
Umer Khan2/16(4)

11.08pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you tomorrow for the second qualifier.

11pm We'll have the presentation soon.

Imad Wasim, the losing captain: "We were 25-30 runs short. They bowled terrific yorkers. The difference was the death bowling of both teams. Credit goes to them, and we had some errors with the ball. Our last-over execution has been poor in the past few games. We're out, that's okay, but it's been a learning curve. Thankful to the Karachi crowd for supporting us. God bless them."

Mohammad Sami, the winning captain: "Was a big game, but our bowling effort's comeback was commendable. I think, apart from me, it was the team's belief that we can comeback from any position. Exhaustion does happen, but we've played back-to-back games thrice already, so the boys are prepared.

Alex Hales is the Man of the Match He says, "A perfect start. Was tricky in the middle. Yamin has a good future, he bowled well. The run chase was difficult, so it slowed up in the middle overs. To restrict them to 160 was absolutely brilliant. Same gameplan tomorrow. Crowd's been fantastic, and been an excellent 48 hours in this country.

Saaib Uppal: "Eliminator 2 is a rematch of the PSL3 Final. PSL 4 Final will be a rematch of either the PSL1 or PSL2 Final."

Aamir: "With only 6 to get. I think shinwari should have been tried as he already did it once hence pressure on batsman with nothing to lose for Karachi. "

Mazahir: "As I told earlier about Asif and Talat and they delivered. I love their clean hitting."

aadil140: "very less fans. always come into tournament as underdogs. still have a shot to win third title. This is IU"

Hassam: "Wel played islamabad of luck for tomarrow "

Ijaaz: "@Mohammad Ammar I have an explanation... Pakistani batsman don't know how to finish games!! you end up seeing a mini collapse from every team"

Rizwan: "For those critics bashing Babar's batting, look at Hales stats today. Sometimes you need brain which this karachi team lacks without him"

Khattak: "So,PSL1, PSL2, PSL3 & PSL4, following the same pattern. LQ and MS out, then KK out,."

Mohammad Ammar : "PSL has an unexplainable tendency produce highly entertaining games consistently."

10.40pm Despair in the Karachi dugout, but they lost the game in the second-half of their batting innings. Asif Ali, the big match player, stays not out on a 10-ball 24 to see his team home. Useful contributions from Talat, Delport and Hales too, but the joy of taking one's team across the line belongs to Asif. Remember, he had a terrible start to the game, dropping a catch early in the first innings. Spare a thought for Karachi's Umer Khan, though, whose 2-16 goes in vain.

Aamir raza: "Karachi kings are out of tournament but at the end "well played karachi " specially Babar azam and umar khan"

Maan: "Catches win u matches .. u drop them at crunch moments nd thats what u deserve .. that drop of asif in 2nd last over was huge bonus for united "

Aaqib Wahid: "Same old story. Gladiators, Zalmi and united just does not allow other teams to be in last three. Happened for all four seasons. Incredible"

PATRICIA MACDON: "Well played IU!"

Subhan: "Shanwari Costs the match for KK. Munro could be handy instead of him. Imad could try him. As this is truth, so not gonna be publish again :/"

Roma Ahmed: "After being so good on the field all night, Babar literally dropped the match there."

Amir to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

Islamabad United qualify into the second qualifier! Length ball on leg, and flicked off his pads fine down the leg side. Karachi Kings are out

Amir to Faheem, OUT

goes for the glory shot, but taken at deep point! Full and wide outside off, and he clatters this over point. Yamin takes a brilliant sliding catch to send Faheem back

Faheem Ashraf c Aamer Yamin b Mohammad Amir 17 (8b 2x4 1x6) SR: 212.5
Amir to Faheem, FOUR runs

Faheem you beauty! Length ball on off, and he pulls to the leg side. Babar runs towards the ball, and dives to take a catch, but the ball goes through him. Difficult for him, and 100 marks for the effort

Amir to bowl. No Shinwari tonight

end of over 1912 runs
IU: 156/5CRR: 8.21 RRR: 6.00 • Need 6 from 6b
Asif Ali20 (9)
Faheem Ashraf13 (6)
Aamer Yamin4-0-27-2
Mohammad Amir3-0-27-0

Islamabad need 6. Five runs for a Super Over

Yamin to Asif Ali, 2 runs

full and wide outside off, but the cover drive takes an inside edge to mid on. They scamper back for the second

Yamin to Asif Ali, SIX runs

that's outta here! Full and wide outside off, but Asif gets towards the off side, before lifting a six right over Yamin's head

Yamin to Faheem, 1 run

yorker on middle, and dug away to the leg side. Spot on, but Islamabad get a single anyway

Touseef: "Im driving car from Isatown to Sakheer(camping area) here in Bahrain Thanks to swift commentary by ESPN cricinfo for quick updates " -- eyes on the wheel though, boss

Yamin to Asif Ali, 1 run

drilled to long on

Waqar: "We need shinwari final over again tonight."

Yamin to Faheem, 1 run

full on off, and the attempted slog takes an inside edge to the leg side

Yamin to Asif Ali, 1 run

length, wide outside off, and he tries to drag a pull shot. Ball's gone in the air and Babar runs in front long off, but this time he drops it! Number 5 will have to wait

end of over 1815 runs
IU: 144/5CRR: 8.00 RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Faheem Ashraf11 (4)
Asif Ali10 (5)
Mohammad Amir3-0-27-0
Usman Shinwari3-0-42-1
Amir to Faheem, FOUR runs

top-edged over the keeper! Tries to pull, but gets the result anyway. Islamabad need 18 off 12

Amir to Faheem, SIX runs

picks the slower ball well! Length, too wide, and Faheem simply clatters this over extra cover! Long handle coming to the party

two balls to go. Can Amir finish the over well?

Amir to Asif Ali, 1 run

yorker on middle, and tapped to long on for a single

Amir to Asif Ali, 2 runs

tucked away to the vacant midwicket region. Played so softly that they can come back for the second

Amir to Asif Ali, 1 wide

pressure. Full and wide outside off, and too wide according to the umpire

MJ: "So Amir is not going to finish his full 4 overs?!?! I am not sure if Imad paid much attention to Maths in school. " -- he'll bowl the final over, i think

Abrar: "@Mudassar, If Karachi wins today, You can come to Milan from Budapest to have a cup of coffee from my side. Traditional iIalian Coffee ha ha ha"

Ali Hashmi: "@Mudassar I know what you are going through. I am at work and my colleagues can't understand why i'm so nervous and sweating. "

Amir to Faheem, 1 run

driven to cover

Amir to Faheem, no run

yorker first ball. Full outside off, and dug away to the off side

Four catches to Babar tonight.

end of over 1714 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 129/5CRR: 7.58 RRR: 11.00 • Need 33 from 18b
Asif Ali7 (3)
Usman Shinwari3-0-42-1
Aamer Yamin3-0-15-2
Usman Shinwari to Talat, OUT

Shinwari, you beauty! Not full enough for the long-handle swipe, and he's sliced this slog. Babar at long on gets underneath it, and Shinwari takes a crucial wicket

Hussain Talat c Babar Azam b Usman Shinwari 32 (19b 1x4 3x6) SR: 168.42

Mudassar: "I'm traveling from Prague to Budapest. And I'm curling amd twitching in my seat and hopping for Karachi's strong come back. Person sitting next to me thinks I'm crazy but all of you know what am I going through"

Usman Shinwari to Talat, no run

good comeback. Shuffles across to deposit this one again, but he can't get the connection

Fourteen off the over already

Imran: "Great captaincy by Imad to save Amir for the end. He will need his best bowlers for overs 45 - 50. " -- ha ha

Usman Shinwari to Talat, SIX runs

waist high full toss and he goes inside-out over cover! Gets enough power behind it, and the ball hits the skirting near the boundary on the flush. Half-a-dozen

Roma Ahmed: "Asif vs Shinwari....That's going to be juicy."

Usman Shinwari to Asif Ali, 1 run

full and wide outside off, and hammered to deep extra

Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossKarachi Kings, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Alex Hales
Alex Hales
Series resultIslamabad United advanced
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days14 March 2019 - night(20-over match)
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Michael Gough
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Rashid Riaz
Reserve Umpire
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Asif Yaqoob
Match Referee
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Mohammed Anees