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Khalid, Ali keep Islamabad United hope alive with five-wicket win

Khalid, Ali keep Islamabad United hope alive with five-wicket win
Misbah-ul-Haq scored run-a-ball 38 for Islamabad United in the chase.
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Isalamabad United 131-5 (Misbah 38) beat
Karachi Kings 128-5 (Bopara 45) by five wickets
16th match, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

Asif Ali scored a blistering 31 off 17 deliveries as Islamabad United chased down 129 in the 19th over against the Karachi Kings in the 16th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

Islamabad won the toss and elected to field first. They had Azhar Mahmood replacing Shane Watson who has been ruled out the tournament while Mohammad Amir returned for the Karachi Kings.

The decision to bowl first was straightaway vindicated for the Islamabad United as Imran Khalid (2-19) struck twice in the second over to dismiss James Vince (2) and Imad Wasim (0).

Shahzaib Hasan (27) looked to counter-attack with three boundaries and a six while adding 44 runs with Ravi Bopara (45).

At the half-way stage Karachi Kings scored 53 for three. Mushfiqur Rahim (33) and Bopara finally stepped up the accelerator during the latter part of their 60-run stand as the Kings reached 128 for five in the 20 overs.

Andre Russell (14) was promoted to open the batting in the absence of Watson as he smashed a couple of boundaries and a six during his 11-ball knock.

But Sohail Khan (2-23) and Mohammad Amir (1-21) struck in tandem to restrict Islamabad United to 29 for three in the fourth over.

Khalid Latif (33) even though started slowly added 73 runs with Misbah-ul-Haq (38) as Islamabad United needed 54 from the final 10 overs. With some tight overs, Karachi Kings pushed the asking rate close to nine while also dismissing Latif in the process.

However, Ali (31 not out) threw caution to wind during his 17-ball knock in which he managed to score three sixes as well to take Islamabad United home in 18.5 overs.

Khalid was awarded the man of the match for his splendid bowling.

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