Aakash Saini ∙ Mar 3 2023, 6:22 PM

PSL 2023: Azam Khan’s 72* Powers Islamabad To a Run-Chase Stunner

image-lesv0o2gPSL 2023: Azam Khan celebrates his 50 against Kings

The Islamabad United stole the game from under Karachi Kings’ clutches, in a high-scoring Rawalpindi affair in match number 19 of the PSL 2023 season.

Kings’ skipper Imad Wasim scored 92* upfront to lead his side’s remarkable recovery. However, United wicketkeeper Azam Khan devoured Wasim’s efforts with the bat with his run-chase special.

PSL 2023: Imad Wasim leads recovery

Despite early wickets, Karachi Kings got off to a flier and raced to 50 within their powerplay. Each of their top four batters failed to capitalise on their confident starts, with opener Adam Rossington’s mere 20 serving as the highest contributor from their top order.

Slumped to 78-4 in nine overs, Kings skipper Imad Wasim formed a brisk 99-run stand with Irfan Khan, where the latter contributed with just 30 from his end. The captain himself led from the front and launched an all-out assault over the United bowlers, unleashing an unbeaten 92 from just 54 balls.

His counter-attacking innings was glittered with eleven elegant boundaries and two sixes as Kings listed 201-5 from their 20 overs.

Each of the Islamabad United bowlers went for above 10-an-over in their respective spells, except for Shadab Khan who gave away just 21 runs off his four wicketless overs. Tom Curran scalped two but leaked 43 from his share, while Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf all claimed a wicket each.

WATCH: Imad Wasim’s sparkling 92*

PSL 2023: Azam Khan delivers punches

Islamabad United’s response launched with an intent, as opener Colin Munro dispatched a six and a boundary off his five deliveries in the opening over before dismissal. His in-form partner Alex Hales clubbed a 16-ball 34 and formed a rapid 50-run stand with fellow overseas recruit Rassie van der Dussen.

At 69-3, United’s middle-order batters took up the onus to take the chase forward with Faheem Ashraf and Azam Khan forming a 125-run stand off the next 70 deliveries. The latter of the two even remained unbeaten till the end with 72, while Ashraf contributed with a 32-ball 41 from his end of the crease.

Asif Ali delivered the knockout punch off the last over of the match, as the United took home the game with four balls to spare.

Brief scores:

Karachi Kings: 201-5 (20)
Imad Wasim 92* (54), Irfan Khan 30 (20)
Tom Curran 2-43, Faheem Ashraf 1-35

Islamabad United: 204-4 (19.2)
Azam Khan 72* (41), Faheem Ashraf 41 (32)
Mohammad Amir 1-40, Tabraiz Shamsi 1-40

Islamabad United won by six wickets