result
22nd Match (N), Abu Dhabi, Jun 14 2021, Pakistan Super League
(18.4/20 ov)191/2
United won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
71* (39)
iftikhar-ahmed
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• Varun Shetty

Munro, Ifthikar stun Karachi Kings in tall chase

Islamabad United two points clear of Lahore Qalandars at the top of the PSL standings

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Scores: Binoy George
Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Karachi Kings190/4(20 overs)
Islamabad United191/2(18.4 overs)

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."

18.4
1
Amir to Iftikhar, 1 run

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!

18.4
1w
Amir to Iftikhar, 1 wide

dug in short, angling away but way over the batter's head, another wide called. Scores level

18.3
1
Amir to Munro, 1 run

slapped on the bounce to deep point

18.3
1w
Amir to Munro, 1 wide

slower bouncer but down leg, Munro avoids, it's a wide

18.2
4
Amir to Munro, FOUR runs

slower bouncer, Munro arches back and deflects this wide of the keeper. Cleverly done

18.1
4
Amir to Munro, FOUR runs

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

end of over 1811 runs
IU: 179/2CRR: 9.94 RRR: 6.00
Colin Munro79 (53)
Iftikhar Ahmed70 (38)
Abbas Afridi 3-0-33-1
Waqas Maqsood 4-0-27-1
17.6
1
Abbas Afridi to Munro, 1 run

belted down to long-off

17.5
1
Abbas Afridi to Iftikhar, 1 run

squeezed to point as they scamper a single

17.4
6
Abbas Afridi to Iftikhar, SIX runs

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.

17.3
1
Abbas Afridi to Munro, 1 run

pulled but straight to deep midwicket

17.3
1w
Abbas Afridi to Munro, 1 wide

spears this way outside off, among the more easier calls an umpire will have to mske

17.2
1
Abbas Afridi to Iftikhar, 1 run

dabbed to short third for a quick single

17.1
Abbas Afridi to Iftikhar, no run

beaten by this leg-cutter as he was trying to steer this behind point

end of over 1710 runs
IU: 168/2CRR: 9.88 RRR: 7.66
Iftikhar Ahmed62 (34)
Colin Munro77 (51)
Waqas Maqsood 4-0-27-1
Arshad Iqbal 4-0-46-0

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."

16.6
1
Maqsood to Iftikhar, 1 run

scythed away to deep point

16.5
2
Maqsood to Iftikhar, 2 runs

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

16.4
1
Maqsood to Munro, 1 run

eased away to deep point

16.3
4
Maqsood to Munro, FOUR runs

whipped wide of long-on! Length and angling in, Munro simply used the direction to play it where he wanted.

16.2
1
Maqsood to Iftikhar, 1 run

drilled to sweeper cover

16.1
1
Maqsood to Munro, 1 run

bunts it to point for a single

The game is firmly in Islamabad United's grasp. It's theirs to lose now

end of over 1613 runs
IU: 158/2CRR: 9.87 RRR: 8.25
Iftikhar Ahmed58 (31)
Colin Munro71 (48)
Arshad Iqbal 4-0-46-0
Mohammad Amir 3-0-20-0
15.6
4
Arshad Iqbal to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

how deliberate is that? Very, very deliberate. Uses the width to angle it nicely to beat short third man.

Best performances - batters
Colin Munro portrait
C Munro IU
88 runs (56)
12 fours
2 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
cut shot
21 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam KK
81 runs (54)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
1 four
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Waqas Maqsood
Waqas Maqsood KK
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
1
ECO
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Akif Javed IU
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
1
ECO
7.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossIslamabad United, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Iftikhar Ahmed
Iftikhar Ahmed
Match days14 June 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Asif Yaqoob
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Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire
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Shozab Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Faisal Afridi
Match Referee
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Ali Naqvi
PointsIslamabad United 2, Karachi Kings 0