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Ronchi 71 ends Karachi Kings' unbeaten streak

Luke Ronchi scored 71 runs off 37 deliveries
Luke Ronchi scored 71 runs off 37 deliveries

Islamabad United 156-2 (Ronchi 71) beat
Karachi Kings 153-6 (Azam 55) by eight wickets
15th game, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah

Luke Ronchi scored with a blistering 71-run knock as Islamabad United chased down 154 against Karachi Kings comfortably in the 18th over with eight wickets in hand in the 15th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

Islamabad United won the toss and decided to bowl first. Mohammad Sami (1-38) provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Joe Denly (3) in the second over as Karachi Kings had a sedate start of 32 for one in the powerplay phase.

Things did not improve in the next four overs as Khurram Manzoor (51) and Babar Azam (55) managed just 17 runs in the next four overs. The duo finally upped the ante scoring 57 runs in the next five overs with both the batsmen completing their respective half-centuries.

Both Azam and Manzoor failed to give a proper finish to the innings as they lost momentum further before Mohammad Rizwan (21) with his nine-ball cameo lifted the score to 153 for six in the 20 overs. Faheem Ashraf (3-23) was the pick of the Islamabad United bowlers with a three-wicket haul.

In the chase, Ronci (71) dominated the powerplay phase as he completed a 23-ball half-century while JP Duminy (43 not out) looked solid at one end. Islamabad at the halfway mark were 98 for naught.

However, after Ronchi's dismissal things slowed down considerably for Islamabad and with Hussain Talat (8) also departing, they were put under a spot of bother before Asif Ali (26 not out) and Duminy saw them through with an unbeaten 39 run stand.

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