Karachi Kings set a new Pakistan Super League (PSL) seventh edition after their seventh consecutive defeat on Sunday handed down by Islamabad United.
In an enthralling finish at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday night, Waqas Maqsood picked two wickets and ran out Chris Jordan on the final delivery to seal a one-run victory for his side and put winless Karachi Kings out of the playoffs race.
The Babar Azam led Kings etched their name in history by becoming the only team in the PSL to lose seven consecutive matches.
The hopes of Karachi winning the match and remaining in the title race rose after Imad Wasim and Qasim Akram’s late 108-run cameo, but they also went down in the last over when Imad was dismissed by Waqas Maqsood.
Karachi Kings’ top order could not give a good start to the team again in the fate-decider against Islamabad United.
Skipper Babar Azam got out to a quick and short delivery from young pacer Zeeshan Zameer. Sharjeel Khan scored a blistering 29-ball 44 runs, but Joe Clarke and Sahibzada Farhan failed to perform yet again.
Karachi Kings’ all-rounders, Akram and Wasim, played exceptional knocks and scored 51 and 55 runs, respectively. However, it was not enough to win the game and keep Karachi Kings’ PSL campaign alive.
Liam Dawson and Waqas Maqsood were the stand-out bowlers for the United. Waqas took three wickets and gave away 34 runs, while Dawson was more economical as he took one wicket and gave away just 21 runs.
Earlier, Islamabad United handed a 192-run target for the loss of seven wickets to the Karachi Kings after being invited to bat first.
It was an all-around performance from the Islamabad United’s batters as they all delivered with the bat after a slow start.
Shadab Khan was the top scorer for Islamabad United as he scored 34 runs off 26 balls before getting bowled out by Imad Wasim.
Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf also scored blistering innings – Asif scored 28 while Faheem contributed 29.
Imad Wasim was the pick of bowler for the Kings as he took two wickets for 30 runs in four overs.