uses the width to steer this down to third man. Islamabad United have made light work of the target in the end. What a win!
United won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
And that brings us to the end of our coverage tonight. It's been a superb game. Varun Shetty's bulletin will be up shortly. Do hop over to catch that. Also, don't forget to join us on Tuesday for the double-header. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Varun Shetty. Many thanks for tuning in.
Time for a chat with the winning skipper. Here's Shadab Khan: "This is a team game, when our top order fails, the lower order performs and vice-versa. When you win, you learn from your mistakes quickly. Our fielding intensity wasn't great, that's something we need to work on. Intensity is something I demand from our players, the result isn't in our hands. But we need to show that intensity."
Islamabad United's Ifthikhar Ahmed is the Player of the Match. "Captain and coach always tell me to bat till the end. That's what I was trying to do. As a professional, you've to bat at any position. Performance is key always and I'm happy to have done just that."
Sijan: "Colin Munro has been involved in 2 of prolific chases in PSL now. Second 100 partnership in 2 games now for him."
ABAE: "Don't get the 'nothing to lose' [from Imad], heard it from a bit in the last few games. There certainly is something to lose - your place in the playoffs"
ABAE: "Very similar scorecards and strike rates, small differences. Ifitikhar getting the same score as Najibullah with 3 less deliveries, Munro with a very similar output to Babar but stayed until the end. You feel that Babar's wicket lost them the extra runs they needed in the last over which ended up being pretty modest. Great game"
11.55pm What a night Islamabad United have had. Colin Munro and Ifthikhar Ahmed have orchestrated a turnaround not many saw coming at the halfway mark.
It looked like they were tired, the asking rate had touched 12 and they struggled for timing. And then suddenly, out of nowhere, both batters found their range, their timing and unleashed the beast within them.
The Kings fielded poorly, let off both batters, and paid the price for it. All this means Babar Azam's knock goes in vain.
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim: "If you drop catches, this will happen. We have a lot to learn, lot to improve. This is a setback. As far as our bowling goes, we don't have too many options. I had an injury to my finger, so I couldn't bowl out. We need to make a few changes, we'll have a chat about it.
"The kind of start we got, I think we were 15-20 short. We need to work on our run-scoring in the middle overs, look to target bowlers during that period. We played poorly, caught poorly. Our turnover time is very little, if we win three games, we will qualify. We have nothing to lose, we'll come back hard."
dug in short, angling away but way over the batter's head, another wide called. Scores level
slapped on the bounce to deep point
slower bouncer but down leg, Munro avoids, it's a wide
slower bouncer, Munro arches back and deflects this wide of the keeper. Cleverly done
goes downtown to bisect long-on and long-off. Seemed like it was no more than a chip when he hit it but boy, the timing was incredible. Amir looking for a yorker but missed his length
belted down to long-off
squeezed to point as they scamper a single
what a clean strike! Slower and fuller, Ifthikhar is down on one knee as he gets underneath the length and lofts it cleanly over long-off. Picked the back-of-the-hand slower delivery immediately.
pulled but straight to deep midwicket
spears this way outside off, among the more easier calls an umpire will have to mske
dabbed to short third for a quick single
beaten by this leg-cutter as he was trying to steer this behind point
Jassia Zafar: "Islamabad United, the team who chased 137 in 10 overs with 10 wickets in hand. Then, they were 20-5 in the next match but made an amazing comeback in batting."
scythed away to deep point
looking to sweep it from way outside off, top-edges it but there's no one at mid-on to catch, they'll scamper back for a second
eased away to deep point
whipped wide of long-on! Length and angling in, Munro simply used the direction to play it where he wanted.
drilled to sweeper cover
bunts it to point for a single
The game is firmly in Islamabad United's grasp. It's theirs to lose now
how deliberate is that? Very, very deliberate. Uses the width to angle it nicely to beat short third man.
|Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|Toss||Islamabad United, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||14 June 2021 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Islamabad United 2, Karachi Kings 0|
Over 19 • IU 191/2United won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
|C Munro||not out||88||56|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||not out||71||39|
|Extras||(lb 6, nb 1, w 12)|
|Total||191(2 wkts; 18.4 ovs)|