Karachi King’s batting really struggled to dominate Islamabad United’s bowling attack for most part of their innings. Though Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam dragged the score to 101 for the second wicket partnership after consuming 16 overs, a target of 154 was never enough. Rizwan’s rocking blow of 21 from just 9 deliveries at the depth Kings’ innings, gave some respectability to Karachi’s total. Karachi team was confident earlier to defend the total of 153 but New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi had other plans that were not good for the Kings. Karachi’s batting gave a notion about the wicket being not an easy one to bat on, but the notion proved wrong as soon Ronchi came to bat.
Ronchi literally ravaged the Karachi Kings’ bowling line with some scintillating stroke play that he executed with easy and command.
He smashed 71 of 37 deliveries, put a stranglehold on Karachi bowlers and never let them to settle. With 3 sixes and 10 fours, he hammered the undefeated Karachi mercilessly. Ronchi reached his half-century in just 23 deliveries, the fourth fastest in this year’s PSL. This also ended Karachi Kings’ unbeaten record in this year’s tournament. Former Pakistan captain and star batsman Muhammad Yousuf believes that Afridi’s absence had badly affected Karachi Kings’ performance last night. “Karachi Kings was missing Afridi, particularly his bowling that is highly effective. If he would have played, he probably have taken a couple of wickets and would have choked the run flow,” said Yousuf, quoted local media.
The former Pakistani batsman criticized Kings top order batsman Babar Azam for playing too slowly on a flat track, Azam hit 55 runs of 53 deliveries, hitting three boundaries and two maximums.“Azam is an experienced player and plays regularly for the national side, but he played too slowly on a flat wicket. He should have managed to maintain a better strike rate when he was set,” he said.