LAHORE: Karachi Kings were eliminated from the title race of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) seventh edition after their seventh consecutive defeat on Monday, handed down to them by Islamabad United.
The United defeated Kings by 1 run at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium in match 21 of the ongoing tournament, as Babar Azam’s etched their name in history by becoming the only team in PSL to lose seven consecutive matches.
Earlier, Islamabad United handed a 192-run target for the loss of seven wickets to the Karachi Kings after being invited to bat first.
It was an all-around performance from the Islamabad United’s batters as they all delivered with the bat after a slow start to the game.
Shadab Khan was the top scorer of Islamabad United as he scored 34 runs in 26 balls before getting bowled out by Imad Wasim.
Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf also scored blistering innings, Asif scored 28 while Faheem scored 29.
Imad Wasim was the standout bowler for the Kings as he took two wickets at the expense of 30 runs in four overs.
The Babar Azam-led Karachi Kings are under extreme pressure as it’s a must-win game for them to keep their chances of play-offs alive.
Karachi Kings team: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Joe Clarke, Jordan Thompson, Mohammad Nabi, Sahibzada Farhan, Qasim Akram, Imad Wasim, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif, Mir Hamza.
Islamabad United team: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Alex Hales, Muhammad Akhlaq, Shadab Khan(c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan(w), Hasan Ali, Liam Dawson, Faheem Ashraf, Waqas Maqsood, Zeeshan Zameer.