Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, PSL 2017, Dubai
Karachi Kings 127 for 4 (Gayle 44, Shadab 3-13) beat Islamabad United 123 for 7 (Smith 49) by six wickets
Karachi Kings were the more dominant of the two teams in the last of the group games as they the sealed a six-wicket win over Islamabad United that guaranteed they qualified for the playoffs.
Rain had deferred the begin by a hour and a half and considering the factors that rain brings – how the pitch will play with some dampness on it and the capriciousness of the Duckworth-Lewis Method – the hurl got to be distinctly urgent. Karachi won it, knocked down some pins and never thought back.
The main stage which Karachi didn’t control was the point at which the Islamabad openers made a consistent begin. Dwayne Smith and Ben Duckett included 37, however it took most of the Powerplay – 27 balls. Standard scores in the competition have been fluctuating as much as the diversions, however with very little turn on offer, Islamabad required more than the 123 they gathered. None of Karachi’s bowlers were remarkable, however nor were they lamentable. Pace varieties were utilized successfully, including a back-of-the-hand googly from seamer Sohail Khan that rejected Shane Watson.
Chris Gayle, dropped from the past match, lit up Dubai in the pursuit. He didn’t take long to go ahead, striking five sixes in eight balls on the way to his 17-ball 44. Not exclusively did that barrage get him back in hitting structure, it likewise put Karachi well ahead in the pursuit. It was a trot consequently. Despite the fact that the match went down to the penultimate ball, it wasn’t as close as the scoreline proposed.