DUBAI: Karachi Kings won by 44 runs in the second playoff against defending champion Islamabad United.
Usama, Imad and Amir shattered the strong batting line of Islamabad restricting them to 82 runs against a chase-able small target of 127. Imad Wasim got three wickets, conceding just 18 runs from his four overs. Usama Mir conceded 24 runs for his three wickets haul.
Asif and Misbah were the only batsmen who could score in double figures for Islamabad, Asif 39 of 36, Misbah second top scorer with 13 runs.
Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match for his 3 for 18, including Misbah-ul-Haq and Shane Watson. “The wicket supported me, it was a bit on the slow side and I had to step up. It’s been a long time. I think, I like those crunch situations and the wicket was on the low side, so I just bowled short of a length and not giving room. If you don’t take wickets you can’t win and in a low-scoring game, you have to take wickets to win. Ready for another knockout game on Friday.”
Pretty lucky,” Kumar Sangakkara says, “Smith was an important player, good to get him out early. Surprised I caught it. But during the break, we were in a good position at 15 overs, we wanted to get 150. But the way the boys came back was outstanding. Imad and Usama were excellent. This was a wicket we had to bowl straight. It was touch with a wet ball but with it skidding and keeping low, Imad was excellent and Usama too. We left Polly to do a bit too much again. We have to correct that with the bat. Draining to play do-or-die games. The boys are banding together, though. Very proud of our team”
Karachi Kings will now play Peshawar Zalmi in the third playoff on Friday, winner of the third playoff will face Quetta Gladiators in the final of PSL in Lahore on Sunday.