There must be a bit of a concern in Islamabad United camp now as they have lost two of their last three matches.
Their recent defeat came against Quetta Gladiators in a high-scoring encounter that saw more than 400 runs scored.
The capital city side posted 199 for 8, which makes it seem like it was a brilliant batting effort but it really wasn’t. They owed a bulk of that total to just two men: Alex Hales (62 off 38) at the top and Faheem Ashraf (55 off 28) towards the bottom.
The rest of the Islamabad batting unit had a match to forget. In fact, Islamabad were 109 for 6 at one point and if it wasn’t for Ashraf’s late heroics, they’d have managed a much smaller total.
Also having an off night were their bowlers, who could not defend even 199. Except for Shadab Khan (3 for 25) once again, no one else did much of note. The biggest culprit was Mohammad Wasim Jr, who was bled for 61 runs in his four overs. The 20-year-old has conceded big runs all through the tournament and his form and place in the side must now deserve a review.
The slim hopes of a miraculous revival for Karachi Kings died on Sunday with the defeat to Peshawar Zalmi – their sixth straight loss.
The pointless Kings are now officially out of the playoff hunt and must go back to the drawing board during offseason. This wasn’t the kind of start Kings would have wanted under new captain Babar Azam.
Against Zalmi on Sunday, they were again a paragon of mediocrity. The game was pretty much lost inside the first 10 overs when Hazratallah Zazai (52) and Mohammad Haris (49) put Karachi bowlers to sword.
The chase of 194 was never on, especially as Karachi top order once again found runs difficult to come by. Sharjeel Khan failed again whereas Babar Azam’s 46-ball 59 served no purpose. The rest of the batters do not even deserve a mention they were so poor.
File this season under years of shame.