Two-time champions Islamabad United won by a dominant 42 runs to hand Karachi Kings their fifth straight loss in the Pakistan Super League.
Host Karachi, led by Pakistan T20 captain Babar Azam, will go to Lahore next week for the final leg of the PSL without a point. Another loss will put the team on the brink of elimination.
Islamabad captain Shadab Khan, who won the toss and opted to bat first, continued his brilliant overall form and raised his wicket tally to 14. Shadab made it 4-15 through his strong bowling which restricted Karachi to 135 -9 in his unimpressive chase.
Previously, Islamabad’s experienced T20 top order went 177-6 on slow, dry ground with Paul Stirling hitting 39 up front in his last PSL game this season and Shadab scoring 34 from 19 balls.
Stirling will return to Ireland for national duty. The starter scored 187 runs in five PSL games that moved Islamabad to No. 2 in the standings, four points behind Multan Sultans.
Babar said his team needed more confidence.
“Unfortunately, we have lost every game so far, (but) I will try to give the guys more confidence in the future,” said Babar, who made three splendid receptions in an otherwise below-average performance for his teammates. .
“I think we leaked a few extra races, but I still felt like it was a total chase. Injury-battered Karachi have struggled to challenge oppositions at home as their key fast bowler Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the tournament without playing a game.
English bowler Chris Jordan (2-36) picked up two late wickets in his first game, both caught by Babar, to see off Shadab and Colin Munro (33) before Azam Khan played a 7-ball-only 16 cameo to lift the total of Islamabad.
Karachi always seemed to struggle once they lost Babar (8) and Sharjeel Khan (6) inside the hitting power play. Sharjeel was eliminated in a mix-up with his skipper, while fast bowler Mohammad Wasim brought down Babar’s stump in the fifth over.
Shadab then ran through the middle order with his sharp googlies and legpinners before mohammad nabi He resisted with an unbeaten 47 in 28 balls.