Karachi Kings’ struggle continued as they were unable to defend 201 runs against Islamabad United. This defeat has dented their chances of making it to the playoffs. Let’s see the match summary and the market impact of this high-scoring game:
Match 19: Islamabad United vs. Karachi Kings
Islamabad United 204 for 4 (Azam 72, Hales 34(↑9%)) beat Karachi Kings 201 for 5 (Imad 92(↑27%), Irfan 30) by 6 wickets.
Karachi Kings went against the trend and decided to bat after winning the toss. Sharjeel Khan was removed early, but Adam Rossington and Tayyab Tahir kept the Kings afloat. They were looking good at 49 for 1 before a flurry of wickets reduced them to 78 for 4 in the 9th over. Karachi needed a solid partnership to consolidate things for them.
Imad Wasim(↑27%) and Irfan Niazi provided that with a 99-run stand in 56 balls. Irfan scored 30 off 20 before Matthew Wade chipped in with a 6-ball 13. But it was skipper Imad Wasim(↑27%) who made KK flourish. He stayed unbeaten on 92 runs while facing 54 deliveries. Tom Curran got 2 wickets as the United were asked to chase 202 runs in 20 overs.
In response, Alex Hales(↑9%) took charge after Colin Munro fell early. His 16-ball 34 gave Islamabad a strong start as they scored 62 runs in the powerplay. But, he and Rassie van der Dussen fell in quick succession as the game was back in balance. Azam Khan and Faheem Ashraf took the innings deep as 71 were required off the final 6 overs.
The two batters started a brutal assault from there to drive their team toward victory. Faheem got out after scoring 41 off 32, while Azam stayed not out for 72(41). Asif Ali(↓1%) smashed a four and a six in the 2 balls he faced to seal the win. This win prompted United to the third position in the points table. Whereas the Kings are close to getting eliminated.
Turning Point of the Match
With 71 required off 36, KK were ahead of IU in the contest. But Azam Khan’s power hitting brought 29 runs in the next two overs, which changed the momentum. That’s when the game started to slip out of Karachi’s hand.
Imad Wasim(↑27%) played another spectacular knock of 92*(54). He smashed 11 fours and 2 maximums in his innings. He picked 47 SportiScores points to become the most valuable player of the day. Alex Hales(↑9%) bagged 25.3 points in his first outing of the season. His 16-ball 34 included 4 fours and 2 sixes. Asif Ali(↓1%) got 18 points for smashing a four and a six in the two balls he faced.
Let’s see the performances and SportiScores of the most prominent players on day 17:
Player Performance SportiScores Earned
Imad Wasim 92(54) & 0/22 47
Alex Hales 34(16) 25.3
Asif Ali 10(2) 18
Shadab Khan 0/21 10.5
Mohammad Amir 1/40 -10
Imad Wasim’s(↑27%) price went north by 14.7 SPQs on Friday. Alex Hales(↑9%) and Shadab Khan(↑15%) also got a raise of 8.8 and 35.8 SPQs, respectively. On the other hand, Asif Ali’s(↓1%) and Mohammad Amir’s(↓27%) values declined by 0.3 and 21.6 SPQs, respectively.
Let’s find out in detail how the prices have changed for the top 5 players after the seventeenth day of the league:
Player SportiScores 03 Mar Price 04 Mar Price % Change Cumulative SPQs Earned
Imad Wasim 47 54 68.7 27% 25.3
Alex Hales 25.3 95.6 104.4 9% 66.6
Asif Ali 18 38.9 38.6 -1% -5.6
Shadab Khan 10.5 241.8 277.6 15% 254.2
Mohammad Amir -10 79.2 57.6 -27% 33.4
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