New Zealand’s Colin Munro and Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed made unbeaten half-centuries as table-topper Islamabad United defeated defending champion Karachi Kings by eight wickets in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Colin Munro continued his form to hammer 88 runs from 56 balls and Ahmed was even more ruthless by scoring 71 runs from just 39 balls as Islamabad chased down a total of 191 with losing two wickets with just eight balls to spare.
Babar Azam’s 81 runs and Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran’s 71 runs not out earlier shared a 123-run stand to carry Karachi Kings to 190 with losing four wickets after Islamabad captain Shabad Khan had won the toss and chose to field. Islamabad’s victory gave them 12 points with two more league games in hand. On the other hand, Karachi Kings has six points from seven games after the team lost the fourth match in the tournament.
Karachi was in the game with setting up a huge total of 191, but Colin Munro got a chance on 34 before being caught off waist-no-ball by Thisara Perera soon after completing his half-century. Iftikhar was also twice got a chance, including a tough caught and bowled missed by Karachi captain Imad Wasim. Colin Munro had smacked a dozen boundaries and two sixes. also, Ahmed knocked five fours and five sixes as Islamabad chased the target with eight balls spare.