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Sami's five-wicket haul crashes Karachi Kings out of PSL

Sami's five-wicket haul crashes Karachi Kings out of PSL
Mohammad Sami picked a five-wicket haul and conceded just eight runs.
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Islamabad United 115-1 (Haddin 52no) beat
Karachi Kings 111-9 (Sami 5-8) by nine wickets
2nd Qualifying final, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Mohammad Sami registered his career best Twenty20 figures of eight runs for five wickets as Islamabad United restricted the Karachi Kings to 111 for nine and chased down the target in 14.2 overs with nine wickets in hand to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

Islamabad United will now face the Peshawar Zalmi in the third qualifying final on Sunday with the winner of the game will go on to meet the Quetta Gladiators in the finals of the Pakistan Super League.

Earlier Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to field first. After a couple of tight overs from the Islamabad United where they conceded just two runs, Lendl Simmons (19) shifted gears as he scored three fours and a six in the third over from Mohammad Irfan (1-24).

However, Karachi Kings were restricted to 29 for three in the powerplay after losing Simmons, Riki Wessels (1) and Shoaib Malik (0) in quick succession.

The 49-run stand for the fifth wicket between Ravi Bopara (37) and Ryan ten Doeschate (16) was the only resistance in the Karachi Kings innings as they were eventually restricted to 111 for nine in the 20 overs.

During the chase, Islamabad United lost Sharjeel Khan (9) early but Dwayne Smith (50 not out) and Brad Haddin (52 not out) steadied the innings and pushed the score to 34 for one in the powerplay.

Haddin got struck into Imad Wasim (0-29) in the ninth over where he smashed him for 18 runs which included a couple of sixes.

With three more boundaries in the next over, the pair brought the 50-run stand off 34 deliveries. At the halfway mark, Islamabad United were 81 for one and needed just 31 more runs to win.

With a six and a four in the 11th over from Usama Mir (0-20), Haddin brought down the target to 13 runs from 54 deliveries.

He reached his fifty off just 27 delivers while Smith signed off the game with a boundary over deep mid wicket which also brought up his fifty and also a nine-wicket win for the Islamabad United.

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