Twitter Reactions: Asif Ali's cameo steers Islamabad United to a grand victory over Kings

Twitter Reactions: Asif Ali’s cameo steers Islamabad United to a grand victory over Kings

Iftikhar Ahmed stayed not out on 49 while Asif Ali played a cameo of 21* in just nine balls to seal the game for his side.

Asif Ali
Islamabad United’s Asif Ali. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

If the game last night was not enough, it was now time for another run-fest. The game between the Islamabad United and the Karachi Kings was one for the audience to rejoice. United won the toss and opted to bowl first in this encounter.

Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam walked out to open the innings for the Kings. The former number one ranked T20I batsman was overshadowed by his counterpart Sharjeel in what was an amazing display of batting. Things were not easy to begin with but Sharjeel hung in there and made the most of this opportunity.

He started very cautiously scoring only 7 runs off his first 18 deliveries. After looking out of touch for a while he decided to take the attack on his opponents. It worked in his favour and he ended his inning with a score of 105 off 59 balls. His last 98 runs came off only 41 balls. Babar Azam played second fiddle as he scored 62 runs off 54 balls.

Due to some fantastic batting, the Karachi side finished with a score of 196 runs. When so many runs are scored you know that the bowlers did not have a good day on the field. It was now the job of batsmen to cover for the bowlers and help their side win this game.

Sharjeel Khan’s ton goes in vain as Islamabad United win by 5 wickets

The Islamabad team did not get off to the ideal start as they lost two wickets within the first two overs. Philip Salt was dismissed without scoring and Shadab Khan received a golden duck. It seemed like the pressure of chasing 197 runs had got the better of them. However, Alex Hales cashed in on his BBL form as he scored a quick-fire 46 off 21 balls to help his side get back in the game.

The momentum was now with them and some good contributions from the lower order meant that they completed a five-wicket win with five balls to spare. Iftikhar Ahmed stayed not out on 49 while Asif Ali played a cameo of 21* in just nine balls to seal the game for his side.

Aamer Yamin had a forgettable night as he conceded 29 runs in the only over he bowled. The Islamabad side now has two wins in two games and their batting looks in really good form.

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