PSL 7: Islamabad United rout Karachi Kings by 42 runs
Islamabad United 177 for 6 (Stirling 39, Shadab 34) beat Karachi Kings 135 for 9 (Nabi 47*, Shadab 4-15) by 42 runs
Karachi Kings’ losing streak continued on Sunday as Islamabad United routed them by 42 runs at the National Stadium.
Babar Azam’s side have now lost five consecutive PSL matches this season and are currently the only team without a victory.
Islamabad won the toss on Sunday and decided to bat first. The Sherus put together a 178-run target, despite none of their batters reaching a half-century.
Paul Sterling and Alex Hales built a 66 run partnership to give them a good start.
Colin Munro then contributed 33 runs, and Shadab Khan struck a quickfire 34 runs off just 19 balls.
The Kings made a poor start to their run chase as both openers Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan left the pitch when the score was just 21.
They lost wickets at regular intervals and looked clueless in chasing the total.
None of the batters lasted long, except for Mohammad Nabi who struck an unbeaten 47 runs off 28 balls.
However, the task ultimately proved to be too big for him as Islamabad claimed a comfortable 42 run victory.
Skipper Shadab bowled impressively, with the 23-year-old taking four wickets and conceding 15 runs.
United have climbed to second spot in the table with the victory.
The Sherus had narrowly lost their previous encounter against Lahore Qalandars, but they have now bounced back with an emphatic win.