PSL 2017: Karachi Kings beat Islamabad United by 44 runs


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Islamabad United Squad

Misbah-ul-Haq*, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, S Badree, SW Billings, BM Duckett, ST Finn, BJ Haddin, Hussain Talat, Imran Khalid, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Saeed Ajmal, Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, DR Smith, SR Watson, Zohaib Khan

Karachi Kings Squad

KC Sangakkara*, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, RS Bopara, CH Gayle, Hasan Mohsin, Imad Wasim, DPMD Jayawardene, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Manzoor, R McLaren, Mohammad Amir, KA Pollard, Rahat Ali, Saifullah Bangash, Shahzaib Hasan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Khan, Usama Mir, Usman Khan


Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field


Karachi Kings 126 (19.4/20 ov)

Islamabad United 82 (15.2/20 ov)


  Islamabad United innings (target: 127 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
DR Smith c Sangakkara b Mohammad Amir 8 11 1 0 72.72
Asif Ali c Sangakkara b Usama Mir 39 36 3 1 108.33
BJ Haddin b Mohammad Amir 0 3 0 0 0.00
Misbah-ul-Haq* b Imad Wasim 13 13 1 0 100.00
SR Watson b Imad Wasim 8 9 1 0 88.88
Shadab Khan c Bopara b Usama Mir 1 2 0 0 50.00
N Pooran lbw b Imad Wasim 1 3 0 0 33.33
Amad Butt b Sohail Khan 7 8 1 0 87.50
Mohammad Sami lbw b Usama Mir 0 1 0 0 0.00
Rumman Raees c Pollard b Mohammad Amir 0 4 0 0 0.00
Mohammad Irfan not out 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
  Total (all out; 15.2 overs) 82 (5.34 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-12 (Smith, 2.3 ov), 2-12 (Haddin, 2.6 ov), 3-47 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 8.1 ov), 4-61 (Watson, 10.6 ov), 5-69 (Shadab Khan, 11.5 ov), 6-70 (Pooran, 12.2 ov), 7-77 (Asif Ali, 13.3 ov), 8-77 (Mohammad Sami, 13.4 ov), 9-82 (Amad Butt, 14.4 ov), 10-82 (Rumman Raees, 15.2 ov)

  Bowling O M R W Econ  
Mohammad Amir 2.2 0 7 3 3.00
  Usman Khan 2 0 11 0 5.50
Sohail Khan 3 0 21 1 7.00 (1w)
Imad Wasim 4 0 18 3 4.50 (1w)
Usama Mir 4 0 24 3 6.00 (2w)

 

15.2

Mohammad Amir to Rumman Raees, OUT

Rumman Raees c Pollard b Mohammad Amir 0

15.1

Mohammad Amir to Rumman Raees, no run, back of a length and outside off, he cuts and misses

14.6

Sohail Khan to Mohammad Irfan, no run, full on off stump, defends

14.5

Sohail Khan to Mohammad Irfan, no run, full and straight, and somehow Irfan keeps it out

Mohammad Irfan walks out, he’s the last man

14.4

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, OUT, plays all around the slower ball, it’s back of the hand too, and the stumps are shattered. Just your average tail-ender hitting right across a striaght delivery

Amad Butt b Sohail Khan 7 (8b 1×4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Raj: “Btw is this the last we are seeing of misbah ul haq? Remember he is to take a call following the end of psl.” Not by a long shot. He’s leading Pakistan to West Indies later in April

14.4

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, 1 wide, misses the offcutter outside off, but it’s a bit too far outside off says the umpire

14.3

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, FOUR, smacks a back of a length ball on off stump to the long-on boundary

14.2

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, no run

14.1

Sohail Khan to Amad Butt, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocks it

13.6

Usama Mir to Rumman Raees, no run, flatter delivery on middle, defends. That’s the end of another top spell from a Karachi spinner, despite the palpable dew – 3 for 24

13.5

Usama Mir to Rumman Raees, no run, tosses it up wide outside off, he lets it go

13.4

Usama Mir to Mohammad Sami, OUT, appeal for lbw and Usama is certain about it. The umpire isn’t so gives the benefit of the doubt to the batsman. Asks the review. This is a really full delivery on off stump, Sami comes forward to block, and he does so down the wrong line. The bat is beside the ball with him playing for turn. There isn’t much, and because of that it hits pad first. This could be gone. Ball-tracking gives up all reds and Sami is outta here

Mohammad Sami lbw b Usama Mir 0

13.3

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, OUT, that’s gorgeous

Asif Ali c Sangakkara b Usama Mir 39

13.2

Usama Mir to Amad Butt, 1 run, goes back and whips a short delivery to long leg

13.1

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, smacks a flatter, quicker delivery to deep point

Islamabad need 52 off 42

13.1

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 wide, looks to sweep, and Sanga goes up in appeal for some reason. He didn’t catch the ball, so it’s not for that. Length ball sliding down is called a wide

12.6

Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, 2 runs, fuller delivery on middle, nudges it away towards long leg. Finishes an excellent spell, 3 for 18 while defending 126

12.5

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, tosses it up on leg stump, works it away to deep square leg

12.4

Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, 1 leg bye, works it off middle with a flick, which is dangerous with Wasim skidding the ball through

12.3

Imad Wasim to Amad Butt, no run, fuller delivery outside off, defends

12.2

Imad Wasim to Pooran, OUT, massive appeal for lbw and it’s been given. Wasim is running through them. Is Pooran going to review? He really should because this may go down leg. And finally, they go for the check. It’s the pace again, beating the batsman, especially with him playing a cross-bat shot over midwicket. No bat. Ball-tracking says it clips leg stump and the umpire’s call of out is upheld

N Pooran lbw b Imad Wasim 1

12.1

Imad Wasim to Pooran, no run, pushes it through on leg stump, Pooran makes a conscious effort to block with a straight bat

11.6

Usama Mir to Pooran, 1 run

11.5

Usama Mir to Shadab Khan, OUT, caught at cover. Couldn’t have picked out the fielder better. Innocuous delivery. Almost a half-volley really. Could have smashed it. But instead he pops it to Bopara

Shadab Khan c Bopara b Usama Mir 1

11.4

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run

11.4

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 wide

11.3

Usama Mir to Shadab Khan, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, cuts to deep point

11.2

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, tosses it up on off stump, works it through midwicket

11.1

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, FOUR, sweeps past the man at short fine leg. Excellent stroke. He sees Gayle is the fielder there and he isn’t the quickest movers. Didn’t really have a chance in the first place, with Asif finding the gap to his left.

10.6

Imad Wasim to Watson, OUT, cleans him up!

SR Watson b Imad Wasim 8

10.5

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, nudges a full delivery from outside off to deep backward square leg

10.4

Imad Wasim to Watson, 1 run, good length ball on off stump, defends, gets an inside edge towards midwicket and a misfield allows a single. Amir the culprit

10.3

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, works a quicker delivery on middle through to midwicket

10.2

Imad Wasim to Watson, 1 run, flicks behind square leg as Wasim sneaks in that single-fingered arm ball again

10.1

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, drives to long-off

9.6

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, short, wide, smashed, but there is protection in the deep

9.5

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, no run, gets beside the nicely tossed up delivery on middle and drills it to cover

9.4

Usama Mir to Watson, 1 run, full toss on off stump, smashes it down to long-off

9.3

Usama Mir to Watson, no run, well bowled. It’s flighted on middle, bringing the batsman forward. Watson is wary about hitting against the turn and so defends

9.2

Usama Mir to Watson, FOUR

9.1

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, yanks a flighted delivery from outside off to deep midwicket. Slog sweep, a very awkward looking one, brings up the team’s fifty

8.6

Imad Wasim to Watson, no run, lobs it up on leg stump and it dips on Watson all of a sudden. Just manages to dig it out and the mischief maker Wasim sticks his tongue out. Thoroughly enjoying himself

8.5

Imad Wasim to Watson, no run, into the pads, Watson misses the flick

8.4

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, nudges a length ball through midwicket

8.3

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, no run

8.2

Imad Wasim to Watson, 1 run, tosses it up outside off and drives through to long-off

8.1

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, through him!

Misbah-ul-Haq not out 13

7.6

Usama Mir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run

7.5

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, slices it through point

7.4

Usama Mir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full toss, flicks it through midwicket

7.3

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, 1 run, dropped by Pollard at long-on. Comes running in from long-on, dives forward to try and get under the ball, and though he gets two hands to it, he spills it. Almost seems like he positions himself a little too far to the right of it. The ball didn’t deserve a wicket – short and wide – and the mistimed pull shot threatened to give it one. Until Pollard intervened

7.2

Usama Mir to Asif Ali, no run, tosses it up on off stump, Asif lunges forward to block

7.1

Usama Mir to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shortish and outside off, cuts to deep cover

6.6

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run

6.5

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tosses it up on off stump, drives to extra cover

6.4

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shortish and outside off, cuts to point

6.4

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, drifts it down the leg side, Misbah flicks and misses. Sanga does well again behind the stumps, despite being blinded

6.3

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, hammers it to the point boundary. Superb timing from the captain. Sees the bad ball – short and wide, and waits on it just that little extra to beat the fielder on the point boundary, on his left

6.2

Imad Wasim to Asif Ali, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, drives to long-off

6.1

Imad Wasim to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushes it through on off stump, Misbah is able to flick it through midwicket. These sliders, that seem to race on after pitching, could make Wasim a tough bowler to face especially off the back foot

5.6

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, no run, slower ball outside off, defends behind point

5.5

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, FOUR

5.4

Sohail Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run

5.3

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, 1 run, back of a length on fourth stump, Asif is caught hopping as he defends. Inside edges it past the cut strip on the leg side

5.2

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, SIX, picks up the short ball and pulls it all the way over deep square leg. Timely release for Asif, and the bowler has to be marked down for this. Bowls the length he can get under, and gives him the room to free the arms

5.1

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, no run, mistimes a drive on the up to mid-off. Trying to hit the ball too hard

4.6

Usman Khan to Asif Ali, 1 run, tips and runs to midwicket, and considering it’s Gayle there, it’s a sound plan

4.5

Usman Khan to Asif Ali, no run, full and outside off, slugs it to mid-on. Very bottom-handed player

4.4

Usman Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, glides it behind point

4.3

Usman Khan to Asif Ali, 1 run, pulls to deep midwicket

4.2

Usman Khan to Asif Ali, 2 runs, beats mid-on running back

4.1

Usman Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, serenely sends it down to third man

3.6

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, no run

3.5

Sohail Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on off stump, he nudges it to the right of mid-on

3.5

Sohail Khan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shortish on off stump, he pats it down to mid-on

3.4

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, 1 run, works it through midwicket

3.3

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, no run, top work from Sanga again, after Asif is beaten all ends up by an indipper. The batsman is shaping to cut a ball that isn’t really short enough. Jags in off the seam as well. Only just misses off stump and the wicketkeeper dives to his left and gets a glove to it

3.2

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, no run, back of a length and outside off, pushes it towards cover

3.1

Sohail Khan to Asif Ali, 2 runs, short ball outside off, short-arm pulls to deep midwicket

2.6

Mohammad Amir to Haddin, OUT, chops on! That’s a double-wicket over

BJ Haddin b Mohammad Amir 0

2.5

Mohammad Amir to Haddin, no run, hangs back to a short delivery outside off and chops it to point. Asif at the non-strikers’ end thinks there is a single but he is sent back

2.4

Mohammad Amir to Haddin, no run, nice and tight on off stump, Haddin does well to get behind it

2.3

Mohammad Amir to Smith, OUT, what a catch!

DR Smith c Sangakkara b Mohammad Amir 8

2.2

Mohammad Amir to Smith, 2 runs, in the slot on off stump, Smith heaves it over the midwicket. Probably could have hit it straighter

2.1

Mohammad Amir to Smith, no run, punches a back of a length delivery to cover

1.6

Usman Khan to Asif Ali, no run

1.5

Usman Khan to Smith, 1 run, nudges a length ball through midwicket

1.4

Usman Khan to Smith, no run, tries to flick a good length ball that is speared into leg stump. Only manages an inside edge onto pad. Wanting in footwork

1.3

Usman Khan to Smith, no run, gets it to bouncer a bit more, and tightens the line on off stump as well. Blocks to cover

1.2

Usman Khan to Smith, FOUR, width on offer and Smith gets it up and over backward point. Stand and delivery stuff, and though it isn’t perfectly well timed, with these short boundaries, it is enough

1.1

Usman Khan to Smith, no run, back of a length on off stump, defends to cover

0.6

Mohammad Amir to Asif Ali, no run

0.5

Mohammad Amir to Asif Ali, no run

0.4

Mohammad Amir to Asif Ali, FOUR

0.3

Mohammad Amir to Smith, 1 run

0.2

Mohammad Amir to Smith, no run, back of a length and outside off, taps it to cover

0.1

Mohammad Amir to Smith, no run, no feet as he pokes at a good length ball pitching on off stump and seaming past the outside edge


Innings break


 

  Karachi Kings innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
Babar Azam lbw b Shadab Khan 25 21 5 0 119.04
CH Gayle b Rumman Raees 17 15 2 1 113.33
KC Sangakkara* c Misbah-ul-Haq b Watson 17 19 2 0 89.47
Shoaib Malik run out (Asif Ali/†Haddin) 25 23 2 0 108.69
RS Bopara c Shadab Khan b Watson 14 15 2 0 93.33
KA Pollard c Shadab Khan b Rumman Raees 5 8 0 0 62.50
Imad Wasim c Asif Ali b Rumman Raees 14 9 1 1 155.55
Sohail Khan b Rumman Raees 0 1 0 0 0.00
Mohammad Amir not out 2 3 0 0 66.66
Usama Mir c Rumman Raees b Mohammad Sami 1 2 0 0 50.00
Usman Khan b Mohammad Sami 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 2, w 4) 6
Total (all out; 19.4 overs) 126 (6.40 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-42 (Gayle, 5.5 ov), 2-42 (Babar Azam, 6.1 ov), 3-76 (Sangakkara, 11.3 ov), 4-100 (Bopara, 15.1 ov), 5-105 (Shoaib Malik, 15.5 ov), 6-122 (Imad Wasim, 18.1 ov), 7-122 (Pollard, 18.2 ov), 8-123 (Sohail Khan, 18.5 ov), 9-125 (Usama Mir, 19.1 ov), 10-126 (Usman Khan, 19.4 ov)

  Bowling O M R W Econ  
Mohammad Irfan 4 1 28 0 7.00 (1w)
Mohammad Sami 3.4 1 19 2 5.18
Rumman Raees 4 0 25 4 6.25 (1w)
Shadab Khan 4 0 23 1 5.75
SR Watson 4 0 29 2 7.25 (2w)

 

19.4

Mohammad Sami to Usman Khan, OUT, middle stump lit up

Usman Khan b Mohammad Sami 0

19.3

Mohammad Sami to Usman Khan, no run

19.2

Mohammad Sami to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, low full toss outside off, carves it to deep cover

The match began with the crowd yelling “Karachi! Karachi” now that they’ve all gone quiet there are vague yells of “Islamabad! Islamabad”

19.1

Mohammad Sami to Usama Mir, OUT, taken by mid-off running back. It’s a low full toss – Sami going for the yorker – Mir looks to clear Raees inside the circle, but is unable to

Usama Mir c Rumman Raees b Mohammad Sami 1

18.6

Rumman Raees to Usama Mir, 1 run, low full toss outside off, drives to extra cover for a single. Ends his spell, 4 for 25 from four overs

18.5

Rumman Raees to Sohail Khan, OUT, off stump knocked back. Spectacular yorker. Sohail is deep in his crease, hitting all across the line and his end is swift. Raees bails out of his followthrough, spreads his arms, looks down and soaks it all in

Sohail Khan b Rumman Raees 0

18.4

Rumman Raees to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, yorker on off stump, digs it out to extra cover

18.3

Rumman Raees to Mohammad Amir, no run, oh, it could so easily have been a hat-trick. This is full, straight, looking for middle stump. But Amir defends with a straight bat

18.2

Rumman Raees to Pollard, OUT, two in two. Plants it full and outside off, Pollard drives it ever so elegantly to the fielder at long-off. Raees just stands and strokes his beard, like the schemer in an old-fashioned movie

KA Pollard c Shadab Khan b Rumman Raees 5

18.1

Rumman Raees to Imad Wasim, OUT, caught on the midwicket boundary. It’s Asif Ali again, taking it brilliantly. His work though is set up by a slower ball from Raees, on off stump. Wasim goes for the slog and he hits it high rather than long. Asif gets under the steepler and calmly takes it. Some needle between the bowler and the outgoing batsman

Imad Wasim c Asif Ali b Rumman Raees 14

17.6

Mohammad Sami to Imad Wasim, 1 run

17.5

Mohammad Sami to Imad Wasim, FOUR

17.4

Mohammad Sami to Pollard, 1 run, backs away, and though he gets the length to get under this time, he mistimes the pull to long-on

17.3

Mohammad Sami to Imad Wasim, 1 run, as hard as he tries to hit, the yorker on middle will only go as far as long-off

17.2

Mohammad Sami to Imad Wasim, no run, slots the wide yorker and Wasim is unable to do much with it. Looks for the glide behind point, but is beaten for pace

17.1

Mohammad Sami to Pollard, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, belts it to mid-off

16.6

Rumman Raees to Pollard, 1 run, has to move out of the way of a leg-stump yorker and then flicks through to deep midwicket

16.5

Rumman Raees to Pollard, no run, now the bouncer, on middle and leg, Pollard avoids it

16.4

Rumman Raees to Pollard, no run, full and outside off, Pollard looks for a big drive over long-off and comes up with a whole lot of nothing. The back of the hand slower ball dips under the bat swing

16.3

Rumman Raees to Imad Wasim, 1 run, another full delivery on off stump, squeezes it out to long-off

16.2

Rumman Raees to Imad Wasim, no run, that’s well bowled. Nails the yorker on off stump and Wasim, having to slog every ball to get a good total for his team, can only dig it out

16.1

Rumman Raees to Imad Wasim, SIX, wallops a back of a length ball over the man at long-on. That’s more like it. Raees digs it in, only makes it rise up to the stomach and Wasim hits it as hard as he could. That’s it. Just a brutal swipe

15.6

Watson to Imad Wasim, 1 run

Islamabad have read the pitch well. They realised it is slow and sluggish and hitting a length here means it just won’t come onto the bat and by posting men on the square boundary, they’ve reduced the number of fours and sixes in this innings

15.5

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, OUT, short ball, pulls it to deep square leg. Goes for a risky second run, and a fantastic, flat, hard through may just have caught him short. Superb work from Asif Ali.

Shoaib Malik run out 25

15.4

Watson to Pollard, 1 run, pushes his hands at a good length ball outside off and finds a single at cover

15.3

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 leg bye, on the pads, flicks it behind square leg

15.2

Watson to Pollard, 1 run, steps down the pitch, and nudges a shortish delivery on middle and leg to long leg

15.1

Watson to Bopara, OUT, fantastic catch and it’s Shadab again. Hurtles in from the long-on boundary, dives forward, sticks out both hands and takes the ball only inches off the ground. The umpires are checking on the legality of it, but the soft signal is out. So a slow length ball, that ideally should have been crashed out of the city, is mistimed rather badly

RS Bopara c Shadab Khan b Watson 15

14.6

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, excellent shot. He doesn’t have much room to work with, so makes some of his own and slaps a short ball on leg stump to deep cover

Sadiq: “All the forces work against Kings for now.. dew in 2nd innings won’t help either.. even 10RPO from here will get them mere 152.. I guess the 3rd playoff too will be played against the same teams as last year!”

14.5

Mohammad Irfan to Bopara, 1 run, works it off his pads to long leg

14.4

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, cramps him up with a short ball but Malik somehow manages to pull it to deep square leg

14.3

Mohammad Irfan to Bopara, 1 run, blocks with the open face and a good length ball from around the stumps is sent to deep third man

14.2

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, works it through midwicket

14.1

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, shortish and outside off, gives it a little touch, looking for the third man boundary, but Watson down there does well moving to his left

13.6

Watson to Bopara, FOUR, belts a half-volley down the ground to the long-off boundary. There is a fielder there, but he is too square to be of any use this time

13.5

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short ball on middle, Malik pulls it to long leg

13.4

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, full on middle, pushes it down to long-on

13.3

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full on off stump, works it to midwicket and pinches a single

13.2

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, reaches out to a full delivery outside off and slices it to deep third man

13.1

Watson to Bopara, no run, comes down the track, but he is deceived by the slower ball. Lovely from Watson, beats Bopara on the outside edge playing a horizontal bat shot

12.6

Shadab Khan to Bopara, 1 run

12.5

Shadab Khan to Bopara, no run

12.4

Shadab Khan to Bopara, no run, dropped

12.3

Shadab Khan to Bopara, no run, they are appealing for pad first and the finger goes up. Bopara asks his partner for check – which probably means he is not sure he’s hit it – and then goes for review. It’s the googly again. Bowled flatter and quicker and outside off. That makes Bopara shuffle across for a late cut and that means his front pad becomes prime target. Hits that first. Could the impact be outside off? It is. And Karachi probably have the first successful review in T20 cricket

12.2

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

12.1

Shadab Khan to Bopara, 1 run, tosses it up on off stump, drives down the ground to the left of the bowler

11.6

Watson to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, works it away through square leg

11.5

Watson to Bopara, FOUR, flies away to the backward square leg boundary. Short ball, only rising to his stomach, and a short-armed jab takes care of the rest

11.4

Watson to Bopara, no run, fuller delivery outside off, drives to cover

11.3

Watson to Sangakkara, OUT, mistimes the pull

KC Sangakkara c Misbah-ul-Haq b Watson 17

Mit B: “Both of these (Sanga and Shoaib) are great ONE-DAY batsmen (run-a-ball), with tons of experience! If KK wants to put any winning score, one of them have to play blinder (one stays till the end) and in a process, make a way for Pollard, Bopara and Sohail in next 2 overs. ”

11.2

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flicks a length ball on leg stump to long leg

11.1

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on middle, whips it to midwicket.

10.6

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, drives to long-off to retain strike

10.5

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, 2 runs

10.4

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, no run

10.3

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, no run, tosses it up on leg stump, Sanga gets to it on the full and flicks to short midwicket

10.2

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

10.1

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, lovely shot, lazy fielding at deep point

9.6

Watson to Sangakkara, FOUR, picks the gap to the left of deep square leg. it’s all in how he waits on the slower ball to arrive on his pads and then the roll of the wrists gives it enough power to race away. Top shot

9.5

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, shortish and outside off, lets it come on and dabs it to deep third man

9.4

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, sweetly hit. This is full, outside off and Sanga gets down with it and slices it through backward point

9.3

Watson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, taps the offcutter down to third man. Set up for the shot a bit too early and has to go through with it. Considering the length, it could maybe have been slogged over the leg side

9.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, glides it to deep third man

9.2

Watson to Sangakkara, 1 wide, steps down, but Watson sees the batsman’s shenanigans and digs in a bouncer. Called wide though. Oh, well I suppose it was really really short but Sanga was advancing

9.1

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sanga tries to force it, but his drive finds mid-off

8.6

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, pulls a flatter, quicker delivery on off stump and makes such solid connection that it screams to the square leg boundary. That is not an easy shot

8.5

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, spots Malik rushing down the track and bowls a really quick, really flat delivery on middle and leg. The batsman has to rush into putting bat down on it

8.4

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, heaves it to deep midwicket

8.3

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, no run

8.2

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, no run

8.1

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, FOUR, ginger little poke on off stump as Shadab bowls a quick googly on off stump. Even a batsman of Sanga’s class can’t pick it. Outside edge for four to third man

7.6

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, no run, beats him with a jaffa

7.5

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, no run

7.4

Mohammad Irfan to Sangakkara, 1 run, works it off the base of middle stump to midwicket. Misfield from Watson

7.3

Mohammad Irfan to Sangakkara, no run, defends a shortish delivery on off stump. Sanga reluctant to come forward, worried about the bouncer from the seven-foot quick

7.3

Mohammad Irfan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, digs it in short, and angles it into the left-hander. Sanga evades it, Haddin though does not have the same luxury. Has to leap full length to his right and does very well to prevent a boundary

7.2

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

7.1

Mohammad Irfan to Shoaib Malik, no run

6.6

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, no run

6.5

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

6.4

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, tosses it up on off stump, Malik puts bat in front of pad to block

6.3

Shadab Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run

6.2

Shadab Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

6.1

Shadab Khan to Babar Azam, OUT, strikes first ball!

Babar Azam lbw b Shadab Khan 25

5.6

Rumman Raees to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocks

Kumar Sangakkara strides out to bat

5.5

Rumman Raees to Gayle, OUT

CH Gayle b Rumman Raees 17

5.4

Rumman Raees to Gayle, SIX, length ball on middle, Gayle goes deep in his crease, gets under the ball and puts it into orbit over the square leg region

5.3

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, 1 run, hangs back and drills a shortish delivery to long-on

5.2

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, no run

5.1

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, no run, a little roll of the wrists, but he seems to make sure while making contact, the bat is straight. So the full ball on off stump goes to mid-on

4.6

Mohammad Sami to Babar Azam, 1 run, takes a full ball on off stump and whips it through square leg. Risky shot, but he seems quite okay with that

4.5

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, 1 run

4.4

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run

4.3

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, clears the front leg again, Sami does better, hitting back of a length and preventing Gayle access to the off side. Mis-hit to mid-on

4.2

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, FOUR, ooh, this is a better shot. Hits it through extra cover again, but this ball is short, and it’s well outside leg, intending to cramp him up. But Gayle shifts beside the line and belts it

4.1

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, FOUR, that’s in the slot. A length ball, giving the left-hander width to hit through. And he muscles it with that big bad bat through extra cover

3.6

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, no run

3.5

Rumman Raees to Gayle, 1 run, dabs it behind square leg for his second single of the night

Arsalan: “I said my friends this over will bring boundaries and they said atleast a wicket will fall … Now they are seeing me with open mouths..”

3.4

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, 1 run, slaps a fuller delivery behind point. Not perfectly timed, and good effort from point as well, diving full-length to his left

3.3

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, FOUR, picks the back-of-the-hand slower ball, takes the risk of hitting across the line though. He has to make connection and he does. Enough to even beat short fine leg on his right

3.2

Rumman Raees to Babar Azam, no run, good length, moving across the right-hander, Babar pushes to cover

3.1

Rumman Raees to Gayle, 1 run, off the mark with a gentle little clip through midwicket. One off seven now

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, 2 runs, moves around the wicket for a short delivery outside off, smacks it to the right of deep third man. Babar drags Gayle across for a second, and the throw, coming to the keeper’s end is relayed across. Haddin hits direct but the batsman is safe

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, FOUR, full, straight, whips it to long leg. Effortless shot from Babar. This is perhaps the easiest boundary he’s hit. Half-volley from Irfan

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, FOUR, guides it to the third man boundary. Superb shot. All he does is let a short ball on off stump come on and gives it direction

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, FOUR, fends away a bouncer. It climbs up towards Babar’s left ear and he plays a pull, instinctively. The man up at fine leg goes chasing after it, puts in a slide to try and drag it back, but he is unable to do so. Could be that he is worried about a collision with Pooran running to his right from deep square leg and they do collide

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, FOUR, there’s the first runs, with Babar taking a ball aimed at the top of off stump on top of its bounce and crashes it over wide mid-on. Tough place to access against a seven-foot tall seriously fast bowler

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length and outside off, flashes and misses outside off. That’s 13 successive dots to start the game

1.6

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, two maidens on the trot. Although really Gayle should have done more with this short ball on leg stump. Tries a leg glance and instead makes connection with thigh pad

1.5

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, slugs a back of a length delivery to mid-on. Even making room and powering the ball – that too with Gayle on strike – results in a dot ball. First time that a PSL game has begun with 11 dots

1.4

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, 143kph, cramps him for room on off stump and Gayle can only poke it back to the bowler

1.3

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, lets go a shortish delivery outside off. Islamabad not keen on giving drivable balls to Gayle

1.2

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, opens the face against a back of a length delivery and finds point

1.1

Mohammad Sami to Gayle, no run, beauty. Gayle is pinned to his crease, aiming to defend a short of a good length ball moving across him. Seams away off the deck, past the outside edge

 

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length on off stump, defends

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, looks to hit hard, and mistimes a good length ball into the covers

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, drives on the up and looks for a quick single to mid-off. Gayle had about as much interest in that run as he has in dying his hair pink

Jay: “Pooran is a slogger, he reminds me of almost in his prime Gayle, will be interesting to see the Pooran vs Gayle clash.”

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, short and wide, hammers it to backward point

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Babar Azam, no run, pushes him back with a sharp, back of a length delivery on off stump. Babar defends