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Islamabad United survive Bopara scare to register their first win

Islamabad United survive Bopara scare to register their first win
Saeed Ajmal registered figures of 27 for three against the Karachi Kings.
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Islamabad United 132-8 (Latif 39) beat
Karachi Kings 130-9 (Bopara 32no) by two runs
Sixth match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai
Scorecard 

Saeed Ajmal weaved magic around the Karachi Kings batsmen as Islamabad United successfully defended 132 runs despite a valiant all-round effort from Ravi Bopara going in vain in the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Saeed Ajmal weaved magic around the Karachi Kings batsmen as Islamabad United successfully defended 132 runs despite a valiant all-round effort from Ravi Bopara going in vain in the sixth match of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Karachi Kings won the toss and decided to field first. After a couple of quiet overs, Shane Watson (13) and Sharjeel Khan (28) scored 25 runs off the next two overs to take the total to 31 for naught in four overs.

Imad Wasim (1-11) wrapped Watson lbw but in the same over Khalid Latif (39) struck a boundary and a six to take Islamabad United to 49 for one at the end of the powerplay.

The pair failed to make the middle overs count as they made only 27 runs in the next five overs with the spinners in operation.

Mohammad Amir (1-30) ended the 45-run stand by having Khan caught at deep midwicket and Islamabad United innings sunk further as they lost their next four wickets in four overs. After 16 overs, they reached 97 for six.

A nine-ball cameo from Mohammad Sami (20 not out) pushed the Islamabad United's total to 132 for eight in the 20 overs. Ravi Bopara (2-25) was the pick of the Karachi Kings bowlers.

During their chase, Karachi Kings lost Lendl Simmons (1) in the second over. Courtesy a brilliant fielding from Asghar Zaidi inflicting the run out.

Ajmal (3-27) struck in his first delivery to dismiss James Vince (2) lbw after which Wasim (29) hit him for three consecutive boundaries. With three more boundaries, Wasim took Karachi Kings to 35 for two after six overs.

Sam Billings held a fantastic catch off Andre Russell (1-23) to dismiss Wasim and in the next over Sami (1-26) castled Shoaib Malik (6) to restrict Islamabad United to 44 for four after eight overs.

With the required run rate climbing, Ajmal delivered the decisive blow on the Islamabad United dismissing Shakib Al Hasan (20) and Saifullah Bangash (0) in the 15th over. 

With 40 needed of the final 18 deliveries, Bopara (32 not out) and Usama Mir (10) struck a six and a couple of boundaries to bring down the target to 16 in the final over which was bowled by Watson (0-31).

Even though Mir was run out of the first delivery, Amir (5 not out) struck a boundary followed by a six from Bopara in the penultimate delivery as Islamabad needed four off the final delivery.

However, Bopara could manage only a single off the final delivery, handing a two-run victory to the Islamabad United. Ajmal was declared the man of the match for his three-wicket haul.

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