OUT! It's a legal delivery.Â A full toss on middle, dipping in, Nabi smashes it over mid-wicket but Gohar catches it near the fence. The umpire checks for height and finds it to be good enough. KARACHI KINGS END ON 196/3!
SIX! Monster it! Slower one again, on a length around off, Nabi waits and waits and waits and waits and then launches it over long on.
Swing and a miss! Change up from Hussain, bowls it a touch short and around off, Nabi swings early and misses.
Very full and on off, Christian drills it to long off for a run.
Wide! Talat is feeling the pressure bowls a slower short ball down the leg side, Dan leaves it.
FOUR! PUT AWAY! Short in length again, on middle, Christian rides the bounce and pulls it to the left of the deep square leg fielder for a boundary.
Short in length on off, pulled behind square leg for a couple of runs.
Slower short ball outside off, Dan plays it down to point and retains strike with a run.Â 6 runs and two wickets in the over, a good one!
FOUR! Shot of a batsman in top form! He was devastating in BBL recently. A low full toss outside off, Christian knows his angles and forces it behind cover-point for a boundary.
A shortish ball outside off, Nabi pushes it to covers forÂ a run.
Slower short ball outside off, Nabi tries to pull but misses.
OUT! Sharjeel is lbw! Hasan steams in from 'round the wicket and spears in a low full toss on middle, Sharjeel fails to keep it out and is hit on the back pad. They appeal but nothing from the umpire. Islamabad United take the DRS and the Ball Tracker shows three reds. Two in two for the United, a bit of a comeback from them as both the set batsmen are dismissed with 10 balls remaining.
DROPPED! Hang on, it's OUT! Run out. They can't catch this evening. A full toss on middle, Babar aims to go downtown but fails to connect well. Hales drops a sitter at long on. He releases the ball towards the bowler as Babar is sent back by Sharjeel who is not interested in the second run. Not even in the frame and Babar has to go. Daniel Christian gets a promotion.
A touch short and on off, Azam drags his pull down to long on. A single to end a 13-run over.
Pitches it up and outside off, Sharjeel strokes it through covers for a run. A good comeback by Faheem after conceding a maximum on the first ball.
Keeps it full and on middle, Babar drives it down to long on and hands the strike back to his aggressive partner.
Slower delivery, full and outside off, Khan mistimes his drive and sends it off the toe end to long off for one.
Ashraf manages to fool the centurion with a slower delivery. It's on a length outside off, Sharjeel swishes and misses. But it's called a WIDE! Nothing going for the United.
Slower bouncer on off, it's pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
SIX! HUNDRED FOR SHARJEEL! The second player to have two centuries in PSL, Kamran Akmal has three. Fuller in length and on middle, Khan thwacks it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
Top over, six singles off it. Fullish and close to off, not offering any room, Sharjeel is forced to play in the V and he pushes it to long off for a single.
Aims for a yorker but it's a low full toss on off, Babar clears his front leg and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for the fifth single in this over.
A touch short and close to off, Sharjeel tries to play late but ends up chopping it down wide of the keeper. They cross for a single. Another good over by Wasim, so far.
Once again Wasim is very full with his length, around off, Babar drills it past the bowler to long off for one.
Too full and on off, Sharjeel strokes it to long off and picks up a run.
Fullish and on middle, Babar whips it to deep mid-wicket for a run. The stand is now 158, a new record in PSL for any wicket.
A full toss on middle, Babar forces it to long on for a run. 17 from the over.
Shortish and straight into the body of the batsman, Khan dabs it down to third man for a run.
EDGY FOUR! Hasan comes from 'round the wicket and delivers a full ball outside off, Sharjeel goes hard at it and gets a top edge behind to third man for a boundary.
SIX! 150 comes up! Cracking sound. Short in length and around leg, Sharjeel camps on the back foot and muscles his pull in front of square leg.
FOUR! That's thrashed. Nearly took the umpire's head at the opposite end. A rank half-volley, Sharjeel bludgeons it straight back and Aleem Dar immediately ducks. That reaches the fence in a flash.
Shortish and on off, it's heaved behind square leg for a run.
FOUR! End of a longgggg over. 12 from it. Width on offer outside off, Khan throws his bat at it and edges it over short third man for a boundary.
Wide!Â Way wide outside off, Sharjeel leaves. Free Hit stays.
NO BALL! What's happening? Yet another full toss which is above the waist. Babar goes hard at it and skies it to long on. Hales catches and immediately releases the ball. The umpire checks upstairs and gets the confirmation that it's too high. Another Free Hit coming...
A low full toss on off, Sharjeel slogs it over mid-wicket for a run.
Out! But it's a NO BALL again. For being a high full toss, well over the waist. Babar smashes it over mid-wicket and is caught in the deep but the umpire immediately calls for the no ball. The batsmen cross. Free Hit coming...
Surprises the batsman with a bouncer, good pace too, Sharjeel is hurried up as he tries to pull. Misses and is hit on the helmet. The ball deflects to square leg and they cross for a leg bye. A part-timer hurrying up the top order batsman with his pace. Hmm...
A length ball outside off, Babar goes on the back foot and lofts it down to long on. Only a run.
Excellent delivery, a wide yorker outside off, Babar fails to dig it out.
Starts from 'round the wicket and bowls it very full outside off, Sharjeel drives it to long off for a run.
Too full in length outside off, Sharjeel drills it to long off for a single. Only 5 from the over and Wasim could have got a wicket too had he not overstepped.
A yorker outside off, deflected down to third man for a run.
Free Hit ball is a high full toss outside off, Azam only hits it towards covers.
Out but it's a no ball. A length ball around off, Khan walks down the track and swings it down to long on. Hales takes the catch and Sharjeel starts to walk back. The umpire though checks for the no ball and findsÂ Wasim's front leg over the line.
Short and outside off, pulled down to long on for a single.
Fuller and on middle, Sharjeel drives it down to long on for a run.
Swing and a miss! A length ball around off, Sharjeel tries to heave it over the leg side but misses.
Fires in a flatter and shorter ball on middle, it's hit back to the bowler. 10 from this over, 39 in the last three.
SIX! High and handsome! Babar joining the fun now. Gets to his fifty in style. Loopy full around off, Babar goes down on one knee and smokes it over square leg for a biggie.
Short and wide outside off, slapped over covers for a run.
Walks down the track and flicks it off the inner half to short fine leg for one.
Shortish and outside off, a mistimed punch towards mid off and they steal a run.
Quicker and flatter on off, punched down to long off for a run.
FOUR! 18 runs from the over, Karachi are motoring! Short and wide outside off, Sharjeel latches onto and smashes it over wide extra coverÂ for a boundary.
Wide! Quicker one, quite wide outside off, left alone.
Tossed up ball outside off, Sharjeel tries to drive but slices it over backward point. It's pulled back in the deep and they take a couple.
NOT OUT! Flatter delivery, a touch short and outside off, Sharjeel tries to play the ramp shot maybe but misses. Salt fails to collect it initially but then picks up the ball to break the stumps. He feels that Sharjeel lifted his back leg and appeals. The square leg umpire takes it upstairs but the replays find Khan safe.
DROPPED AND SIX! Hales is normally good but he has dropped a sitter! Zohar senses the charge and bowls it full and flat wide outside off, Sharjeel reaches out and flat-bats it down to long off. Hales gets across to his left to catch the ball but it bursts through and goes over the fence.
FOUR! Bang! Shortish and outside off, Sharjeel stays on the back foot and slaps it over the bowler's head for a boundary. 100 up!
Tossed up ball landing on middle, Babar stays back and pushes it down to long on for a run.
FOUR! Deft! Back of a length ball outside off, leaving the left-hander, Sharjeel delays his shot and cleverly bisects the short third man and backward point fielders for a boundary. Fifty up for Khan!
Pitches it up and outside off, slower in pace, Babar drives it to the left of mid off for a run.
Short and around off, Babar goes back to pull but it takes the outer half and rolls to mid off.
Short and on off, slower in pace, Sharjeel turns and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
Forces a length ball down to long on and takes a single.
FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Babar reminds us that he is also still batting as he hangs back and whacks it through cover-point. Babar now overtakes Kamran Akmal, his cousin, to become the leading run-scorer in PSL.
Short again, on off, Khan flat-bats it back to the bowler who does well to make a half stop. Top over!
Wide!Â Tossed up ball landing wide outside off and then it turns back in. SharjeelÂ leaves it alone and it's wide. 84/0 at the halfway mark.
Drops it short and on off, Babar goes back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Zafar bowls it flat and short wide outside off, Khan forces it down to deep cover for a run. A good over thus far.
Play and a miss! Quicker and shorter outside off, Sharjeel tries to cut but misses.
Flatter and on the pads, eased to deep backward square leg for a run.
Flatter delivery around off, gripping and turning, Babar pushes it off the outer half to covers.
SIX! FOUR IN A ROW! What an over, 25 from it. The inning that was crawling has shot up all of a sudden. 166 is Sharjeel's strike rate now. Tossed up ball on middle, Sharjeel kneels and spanks it flat and over wide long on.
SIX! Dismissed! Hat-trick of biggies and the pressure is on Shadab. Floated and full around leg, a googly, Sharjeel uses his feet and launches it over long on.
SIX! This one has gone even further! Shadab drops it short and on middle, Sharjeel goes back and smashes it over cow corner for a biggie.
SIX! Just over long on! Full and floated around off, Sharjeel goes down on one knee and muscles it down the ground. The fielder near the rope jumps but it sails over him.
A googly wide outside off, Sharjeel leaves it alone. Not given a wide to his surprise.
Flatter and a bit shorter on middle, Azam goes back and helps it through mid-wicket for a run.
FOUR! Sharjeel is getting into his groove now! Short in length around middle and off, Khan rides the bounce and nails his pull shot to the deep mid-wicket fence. 15 from the over!
SIX! It's about time from Sharjeel! He connects with a slower full ball around off and connects handsomely. Bye-bye ball. It has sailed over long on for a maximum. 50 up for Karachi!
A well-delivered slower one, full and outside off, Babar plays a square drive for a run.
Fuller length ball on off, Babar uses the angle and flicks it in the gap at deep mid-wicket for two.
Too full in length on middle, Sharjeel tries to hit it straight but gets an inside edge. It brushes his pads and rolls to square leg for a run. Given as a leg bye.
Fuller in length on off, Babar drives it down to long on for a run.
FOUR!Â Drag down from Shadab, on middle, Sharjeel goes on the back foot and pulls it powerfully over wide mid on. It falls just short of the rope. Karachi will hope this breaks the shackles for Sharjeel.
Short and outside off, Babar pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Loopy and full around off, Azam drives but fails to beat the diving extra cover fielder. Well stopped!
A leg spinner on the shorter side outside off, Babar goes back to cut but it takes the toe end and rolls to short third man.
Knocks a full ball down to long on and rotates the strike.
Floated and full on middle, Babar nudges it down to long on for a run.
Ouch! Shortish and on middle, Sharjeel fails to pull and is hit on the stomach. Only 3 from the last over of the Powerplay, the Kings are 33/0!
Beaten again! Fullish and around off, the pace is right up there, Sharjeel tries to heave but fails to connect again.
Swing and a miss! Sharjeel is struggling big time. Hasan foxes him with a slower short ball around off, Khan is early into his pull shot and misses.
Outside off, played down to third man for a run.
A direct hit would have been close! Full toss outside off, Sharjeel mistimes his drive to covers. They cross for a quick run as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. The replays show that Khan would have been a goner.
Good length ball on middle and leg, Babar turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
Shout for an lbw! Too full in length around leg, a knuckle ball, Khan is beaten for the lack of pace as he tries to flick. Hasan appeals for an lbw but it has pitched outside leg. Maybe, some inside edge there also. 9 runs from the over.
Back of a length delivery outside off, Babar guides it wide of backward point and takes a run.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Fullish again, around off and holding up, Babar checks his drive and pushes it to mid off.
FOUR! Gorgeous! Play this on loop. A perfect cover drive from the bat of Babar. Fuller in length and outside off, Azam puts it away stylishly and finds the gap.
FOUR! What a delightful shot! Effortless. Full and around off, in the half for the batsman who just brings down a straight bat and lofts it down the ground for a boundary.
Misfield! Shortish and on off, Babar drags it towards and sets off for a quick run. The fielder there attacks the ball but misfields. Could have been tight otherwise.
Slower short ball outside off, Sharjeel goes on his toes to slap it through the line. But it takes the toe end and drops near cover-point for a run.
Fractionally short and around off, Sharjeel tries to pull but once again the ball holds up slightly and he mistimes it to mid-wicket.
Once again the length is slightly short but the line is closer to off, this time Babar dabs it down to third man for a run.
FOUR! Timing and placement - Top notch! A touch short and outside off, Babar rocks back and steers it through backward point for a boundary. No chance for third man.
Good length ball on off, it's punched off the back foot to mid on.
Goes very full and pitches it on middle and off, Sharjeel gently pushes it back to the bowler.
A length ball on off, angling away, Sharjeel hangs back and pushes it with an angled bat to point.
Angles in a full ball on middle, Babar works it to the right side of mid on and takes a single.
Back of a length ball on off, Azam stay on the back foot and plays it down safely to mid on.
FOUR! Sweetly through the gap! A touch short and outside off, Babar stays back and smashes it through the line. Manages to pierce the off side field and finds the fence.
Starts with a good length ball outside off, it's a packed off side field and Babar finds covers with his back foot punch.
A touch short and on leg, Sharjeel turns to pull but gets a top edge. It loops up and strikes Sharjeel on the grille. The ball is stuck there.
Fuller length delivery on middle and off, Sharjeel defends it back to the bowler.
Gets behind the line of the delivery and punches it back to the bowler. Faheem deflects it to the left of mid off and they cross for a run.
FOUR! Babar is also off the mark with a boundary. Slightly short and on off, Babar stays back and allows the ball to come to him and then he powers it through mid-wicket. No margin for error on this pitch.
A length ball on off, angling in, Azam covers the line and plays it down to mid on.
Fractionally short and outside off, coming slowly off the surface, Babar goes on the back foot and punches it to extra cover.
Pitches it full and around middle, Khan gets forward and pushes it to covers. 4 from the first over.
Hasan goes short and outside off, Sharjeel stays back and plays it down to point.
FOUR! First runs of the evening and it's a boundary. Too full in length and around middle, Sharjeel leans across and flicks it beautifully between the gap at mid on and mid-wicket. Great wristwork, a bit of David Gower there, quips the on-air commentator.
Not offering any room. Hasan bowls it full and in the line of the stumps, Khan once again fails to flick it cleanly.
Aerial but safe! Back of a length ball on middle, holding up a little, Khan gets his pull shot away off the toe end. It falls in front of short mid-wicket and he parries it to mid on.
Stifled appeal for an lbw as the first ball cannons into the pads. Full and around leg, a little bit of swing in the air, Sharjeel fails to flick.
SAFE! Continue to shake hands and celebrate. ISLAMABAD UNITED WIN BY 5 WICKETS! A low dipping yorker on off, Asif tries to whip it across the line but fails to middle it properly. It goes off the boot to the off side and they cross for the winning run. Karachi want to review it and the Hot Spot finds an inside edge. Aleem Dar sees the funny side of it and punches his fist. All over!
In the air...SAFE! Slower short ball outside off, Ali lofts it off his back foot and it falls short of sweeper cover. They take a run. Scores level.
SIX! WHOOSH! Asif Ali with yet another biggie. Amir tries to execute his yorker on the leg stump line but once again it's a full toss and Ali murders it over mid-wicket, many rows back. 2 needed more.
FOUR! What a lovely shot that is! Amir fails to lands his yorker this time, it's a freebie full toss outside off, Asif flexes his muscles and dismisses it to the wide long off fence.
Brilliant bowling! A wide yorker, just inside the guideline outside off, Asif tries to dig it out but misses.
Good running between the wickets! A low full toss outside off, Asif slams it to deep point and scampers back for the second run.
Play and a miss! Amir follows the batsman outside off with a slower full ball, Ali shuffles but fails to make any connection with his swinging bat.
Hangs on the back foot and works it a bit aerially towards mid-wicket. 14 from the over, 14 needed more off 12 balls.
SIX! Asif launches the first ball into orbit. Just amazing. Full and flighted on middle, Ali is down on one knee as he deposits it over wide long on.
OUT! Talat will have to go. Nabi dishes out a well-disguised slider, around off and skidding in, Talat moves across the stumps and tries to flick. But he fails to connect and is thudded on the pads. They appeal and the finger goes up. Hussain takes the DRS but it is of no use as the Ball Tracker finds everything in line and it's hitting stumps. The 94-run stand is broken.
Beaten! Slower through the air, short and outside off, Talat tries to play late but it's too late. Misses.
Fires it on the pads, it's helped behind square leg for one.
SIX! Smoked over the fence. Full and floated on middle, turning in, Iftikhar moves back, makes room and clobbers it over square leg.
Bye! A yorker wide outside off, Ahmed fails to dig it out and Clarke also fumbles. They cross. 14 from the over, 28 needed off 18 balls.
SIX! Going...going...and gone just over the leaping fielder. Slower length ball wide outside off, Iftikhar picks it up, gives it the full whack of his bat and clears long on.
DOT BALL! Amir bowls it on a length and outside off, Ahmed mishits it back to the bowler who makes a half stop. Deflects it to covers.
FOUR! Well played! Slower short ball outside off, Iftikhar picks it early and flat-bats it straight down the ground for a boundary.
Too full in length and wide outside off, Hussain tries to forceÂ it out but gets an inside edge past the sticks. A single taken. 39 needed off 22 balls.
Misfield! A length ball outside off, Hussain dabs it down to short third man and crosses. The fielder fumbles and allows the second run.
Flatter and shorter on middle, defended back. Only 4 from the over, Nabi is doing a great job.12 runs in 3 overs from him, so far.
Floated and on middle, Talat doesn't pick, tries to flick but it comes off the leading edge. Goes safely to covers and they cross.
DROPPED! A tough chance but it doesn't stick. Loopy and full on middle, Talat smashes it straight back, it's aerial, Nabi sticks his left hand out but it brushes and goes behind. Saves two would be a better way to put it.
Flatter and shorter outside off, Iftikhar slaps it on the off side for a run.
Full and around middle, swept firmly to deep square leg for a single.
Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler. Nabi goes down to collect but fails to do so. Not happy as he thinks that the non-striker came in his way. They cross for a run. Imad Wasim is not happy with it and registers his complain. To be honest, Hussain never changed his line.
Full toss outside off, Iftikhar drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a single. 48 needed in 5 overs.
Better length! Very full and around leg, Ahmed tries to hit straight but fails to connect well.
Play and a miss! Ahmed is not happy with himself. A length delivery outside off, skidding off the surface, Iftikhar targets the straight boundary but fails to connect.
SIX! Dismissed! Short in length on middle, angling in, Iftikhar picks it early and plunders it behind square leg for a massive biggie. The required rate drops below 9 now.
Shortish and outside off, Hussain walks forward and flashes his bat firmly at it. It flies down to third man off the outside edge and they cross.
FOUR! Nicely played! Back of a length ball around off, Hussain walks across the stumps and paddles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Beaten! Skidding off the surface outside off, Ahmed tries to punch but misses. What an over, only 4 from it. The required run-rate is 10 now.
Quicker one, on off, Iftikhar pushes it from the crease to short mid-wicket.
Tries to sweep but misses. It brushes his arms and goes behind the keeper for a couple of leg byes.
The batter looks to play that but is comprehensively beaten.
Flat off spinner on off, Hussain punches it back to the bowler. Some spin there. Nabi dives but fails to stop and the batsmen cross as it rolls to mid off.
Knocks a full ball down to long on for a single.
Flatter on off, pushed to covers for a single.
Talat played towards mid-wicket for one.
FOUR! Clever! Full and around middle, paddled down to fine leg for a boundary.
Quicker and fuller on middle, Ahmed gets an inside edge onto the pads and it deflects to the off side. They cross.
Attempts for a reverse sweep but misses. The bowler appeals but the impact is outside off. The batsmen cross for a leg bye.
Wide! Spinning down the leg side, Talat tries to flick but misses.
Flighted and outside off, turning in, Hussain tries to sweep but fails to connect.
Flatter off spinner on off, Hussain moves back and plays it down gently to covers for a run. Top over, only 4 runs from it.
Fullish and outside off, Hussain tries to reverse sweep but misses.
Spinning back in from outside off, Iftikhar jumps back and keeps it out on the off side for a run.
Turning back into the batsman, Ahmed helps it on the leg side, finds mid-wicket.
This one holds up a bit off the surface, around middle, Hussain tries to flick but gets a leading edge towards short third man. A single.
Flatter and fuller off spinner, on off, it's clipped to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Off cutter outside off, on the shorter side, Hussain slaps it to deep cover where the fielder slides and stops. Two taken. 10 from the over.
FOUR! Finds the boundary in the over again! A length ball is angled into the batsman from 'round the wicket, Talat stays back and smashes it behind square leg for a boundary.
Continues to bowl off-pace deliveries, on a length around middle, it's worked in front of square leg for a run.
Back of a length ball outside off, Hussain opens the face of the bat and guides it towards third man for one.
Slower short ball on middle and leg, Iftikhar pulls it to the left side of fine leg for a single.
Fuller length ball on middle, Talat flicks it across the line and the fielder at mid-wicket misfields, allowing a run.
Flatter and on off, a gentle nudge to mid on for a run. 87 needed more at the halfway mark. Very much gettable.
Shortish and outside off, Ahmed eases it through point for one.
Gets forward and flicks a full ball to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Jumps down and forces this one through covers for a couple of runs.
Flatter arm ball on off, punched to long on for one.
FOUR! Finding the boundaries well. Short and around off, Iftikhar stays back and pulls it powerfully to the wide long on fence.
100 up for the United! Ahmed taps a length ball down to point and rushes across to the other end. So despite losing wickets,Â Islamabad United have done well to keep the required run rate in check.
Short again from Arshad, around off, it's pulled to deep mid-wicket where Ingram makes a sliding stop. Two taken.
Back of a length ball on off, Hussain dabs it down to third man for a run.
Back of a length ball outside off, Iftikhar drives it to deep cover for a run.
Shortish length ball on off, Talat taps it to point.
Good length ball on off, Ahmed punches it to deep cover for a single.
Another full ball outside off, Iftikhar drives it to deep cover for a run.
Full on middle, Hussain works it down to long on for a single.
Flatter and on the pads, Ahmed flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region for a single.
Quicker on middle, Talat works it to the deep mid-wicket region for a single. They thought of a couple but decide against it.
Full ball on middle, Talat plays it back to the bowler.
Flatter ball outside off, Iftikhar punches it off the inner half towards long off for a single.
Back of a length ball outside off, Iftikhar steers it through point for a run. 11 runs and a big wicket of Faheem from it.
A length ball sliding down the leg side, it's tucked away behind square leg for just a run.
FOUR! Talat opens his account with a boundary. Width on offer outside off, Hussain just guides it through point and the fast outfield does the rest.
OUT! Faheem drags it on! Yet another big blow to Islamabad! A shortish ball around middle and off, angling away, Faheem tries to pull but ends up dragging it off the inner edge to the stumps. A handy knock by him but his team needed more. 115 needed off 81 balls.
FOUR! Slapped and slapped hard! Short and wide outside off, Faheem rocks back and whacks it over backward point.
Up in the air but falls safe! Short and around off, Ahmed top edges his attempted pull shot and it falls at square leg, in no man's land. A single is taken.
Forces a full ball down the ground but again finds mid off. 77/3 in the Powerplay for Islamabad, their best ever in this League.
Slower short ball wide outside off, Ashraf mistimes his back foot punch to mid off. Waqas is gasping for air here as he returns to his mark. Big pressure on him.
Unlucky for the bowler! A very well-bowled yorker. Right in the blockhole. Faheem tries to dig it out and gets an inside edge. It runs past the stumps to fine leg for two.
OUT! Soft dismissal for Alex Hales! Body blow to Islamabad United. Clever change in pace. A slower full ball on middle, Hales fails to pick the variation and tries to whip it across the line. Miscues his shot completely and balloons a catch behind the bowler. Qasim Akram (sub) moves across to his right from mid on to take a simple catch. 122 needed off 87 balls.
Too full in length on off, Faheem digs it out off the bottom edge and it rolls behind square leg for one.
SIX! That's gone a long way! A friendly full toss on off, Faheem picks it up and dispatches it over wide long on for a maximum. 88m on the radar.
Amir searches for another yorker around off, this time Faheem gets bat on ball as he hits it off the inner half to deep square leg for a single. 13 from the over!
Beauty of a yorker. Amir nails it close to off, Faheem fails to dig it out.
Wide! Another one, this is down the leg side, Ashraf swings and misses.
Three wides! Amir lets out a big grunt as he bowls a slower bouncer, Faheem fails to pull and Clarke this time gets a bad bounce. He deflects it behind short fine leg and the batsmen take two.
Pitches it up and outside off, Hales plays a mistimed drive to extra cover. Since all the fielders are on the edge of the ring, an easy run for the Englishman.
Too full and outside off, Hales squeezes it out to point and Faheem looks for a run. Is sent back. A rare dot ball faced by Alex.
Two wides! Slower again from Amir, it's full but drifting down the leg side, Ashraf tries to flick but misses. Clarke fumbles and they cross.
Shortish ball outside off, slower in pace, Hales stays leg side of the delivery and forces it to mid off. The fielder dives to stop and the batsmen cross.
FOUR! Well played! Too full in length and outside off, Hales reaches out with an open-faced bat and steers it behind backward point for a boundary.
SIX! Meaty blow! Back of a length delivery on off, Faheem hangs on the back foot, turns a bit and then spanks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 50 up for the United.
Beaten! Clever from the bowler. Bowls a slower bouncer outside off, Faheem tries to play the ramp shot but fails to connect.
FOUR! Believe us, had Faheem not got any bat on it, he would have been plumb in front. A very full ball on middle, Faheem swings his bat and gets it away off the inner edge to the fine leg fence.
Ouch! Who is hurt there? Two bodies down. Maqsood is down. So is Hales. It's a slow full ball around off, Alex drives it to covers and rushes to the other end. He makes it with a dive as the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end. Maqsood jumps to evade but the ball hits him on his toes. No injuries, thankfully.
Fuller in length and on off, Ashraf clips it through square leg for a run. Hales is back on strike, he is 39 off 15 balls.
Starts with a slower length ball outside off, Faheem swings early and misses.
FOUR! 29 from the over! Islamabad have managed to gain some momentum now. Slower short ball on middle, Alex hangs back and pulls it down to fine leg for a boundary. 154 needed off 102 balls.
FOUR! Not a single muscle moved! All the fielders on the off side are on the edge of the circle. Two in the deep on the leg side. A full toss is served, Hales has the map of the field setting in his mind, he makes room and spanks it past the left side of the mid off fielder.
Goes very full and on middle, Hales flicks it firmly to deep mid-wicket and returns for the second run.
FOUR! Hales is in a killer mood! Aamer is very full and on middle, Hales brings his bottom hand into play and whips it over mid on. It's a no ball as well. Free Hit loading...
FOUR! Hales is on the attack! 25 off 11 from him. A slower length ball outside off, Hales stays leg side and whacks it over covers.
SIX! This one has gone the distance! Aamer goes short and around off, Hales anticipates it well on the back foot, opens up his stance a bit and launches it over square leg.
FOUR! Yamin starts with a length ball around off, Hales stands back, uses his height and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Once again Amir offers width outside off, Ashraf tries to cut but misses. Top over by Amir,Â 6 runs and a wicket from it.
Wide! Shortish and way wide outside off, Faheem swishes and misses.
OUT! Shadab is plumb!Â Amir spears in a very full ball, Shadab tries to flick it across the line but misses and is thudded on the pads. It deflects to the off side and the batsmen cross. Amir is appealing but the umpire shows no interest. Imad is convinced by the bowler and he takes the DRS. The Hot Spot finds no bat and the Ball Tracker finds everything adjacent. The on-field decision is overturned and the Islamabad skipper is out of here. Golden duck for him.
Hit on the helmet! Amir digs in a short ball around middle, Hales is late into the pull shot and is struck on the side of the helmet. It deflects to short third man and they cross.
Pace off from Amir. He delivers it on a length around middle, holding up a bit too, Hales checks his shot late and pushes it back.
Good length ball around off, angling away, Hales defends it back to the bowler.
FOUR! Amir is greeted with a boundary. Beautiful shot! Fullish and around off, Hales brings his wrists into play and flicks it in the gap between mid on and mid-wicket.
Tossed up ball around off, fuller in length, it's driven in front of mid off as the extra cover fielder intervenes to field it. A single taken. 8 runs and a wicket from the first over!
Quicker full and around off, Alex once again stays leg side to this delivery and drills it to the left of mid off. A couple taken.
FOUR! Smartly played! Imad is short and flat outside off, Hales makes room by going back and slaps it over covers.
Arm ball again, on middle, Alex pushes it back to the bowler.
OUT! Imad draws first blood! A flatter full ball on middle, skidding off the surface, Salt tries to launch it into the stands at long on but only manages to hit it as far as Christian in the deep. A simple catch for the Aussie and Islamabad have lost their first wicket very early.
Wide! Arm ball but down the leg side, Salt leaves it alone.
Flatter and a touch short on off, Salt punches it down to mid off.
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