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Karachi seal play-off spot with another thrilling victory

Chris Gayle played a crucial role in Karachi's qualification to next round
Chris Gayle played a crucial role in Karachi's qualification to next round
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Karachi Kings 127-4 (Gayle 44) beat
Islamabad United 123-7 (Smith 49) by six wickets
20th match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Kieron Pollard once again played a handy cameo after a blistering knock from Chris Gayle as Karachi Kings sealed a place in the play-off with a six-wicket win chasing 124 against Islamabad United in a rain affected 15-over game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

After a long rain delay, the game was reduced to 15 overs per side following which Karachi decided to field first on winning the toss.

Ben Duckett (16) and Dwayne Smith (49) started the innings positively and raced to 37 runs from 27 deliveries before the former was dismissed by Sohail Khan (2-23) in the fifth over.

The innings began to slide when Hussain Talat (11) was run out and Shane Watson (2) became Sohail's second victim as Islamabad United were reduced to 61 for one in the 10th over.

Smith continued to play the shots while cameos from Brad Haddin (20) and Misbah ul Haq (12) helped Islamabad United post 123 for seven in the allotted 15 overs.

Babar Azam (27) and Gayle (44) started the innings with three boundaries combined in the first over following which Duckett, dropped the latter in the second over.

Gayle got struck into Mohammad Irfan (0-35) when he him for two sixes and a four in the fifth over. The onslaught from the Jamaican continued as he hit three more sixes in the the sixth over at the end of which he was dismissed as well.

A triple strike from Shadab Khan (3-13) saw Karachi lose Azam, Kumar Sangakkara (10) and Shoaib Malik (7) but Pollard (20 not out) played a 13-ball unbeaten cameo to steer his team through to the play-offs in 14.5 overs. Gayle was awarded the player of the match.

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