PSL 2021: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings: Munro, Iftikhar Trace Islamabad

Hunt 191 to win, United got off to a shaky one start when they lost Usman Khawaja (12 off 16 balls) and debutant Muhammad Akhlaq (1) in the batting powerplay with 41 runs on the board.

Iftikhar, come along bat at number four, joined Munro and both batsmen played shots around the ground. They were each provided with two lifelines. Iftikhar was made by Imad Wasim. dropped off his own bowling in The ninth over on seven and then in the 16. over on 46.

Munro was dropped on 34 in the 12th. over by Waqas Maqsood off Abbas Afridi. The left-handed batsman took full advantage of the fallen chance when he hit Abbas for two consecutive fours later in the same over. Munro got another chance when he was caught off the full toss Thisara Perera bowling, who was later decided at waist height, and Perera went for 23 runs in the over.

Munro brought up his fifth PSL half-century in 39 bullets. He came back undefeated on 88 off 56, with 12 fours and two sixes. His partner Iftikhar scored a 39-ball 71, laced with five fours and as many sixes.

Before, after placing in to bat, half-Centuries of Babar Azam and Najibullah Zadran raised Kings to 190 for four. The opening couple of Sharjeel Khan and Babar have 37. contributed runs for the first wicket, with left-handed Sharjeel with 25 scoring off 17 before being Javed by Akif. was released in the fifth over.

Babar has die Keep the scoreboard moving and struck two fours and a six off Ali Khans first over – sixth of the innings – and collected 17 runs off the over to end that batting powerplay on a high note at 56 for one.

The left-handed Najibullah joined Babar after discharge of Martin Guptill and the couple did that repairing work by adding 117 off 69 for the third wicket Partnership.

Babar, who started his PSL career for Islamabad United in 2016, hit its 19th half-century of the tournament. He fired magnificent shots around the dial in its 81 off 54.

Afghanistan international Najibullah has scored a goal unbeaten 42-ball 71 in a innings embellished with five fours and four sixs. He brought up his virgin half-century in the 18th overwhere he collected 21 runs off Wasims overto hit the pacemaker of the right arm for two sixes and one four.

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