PSL 2019: Colin Munro gives Karachi Kings flying start before Islamabad United restrict scoring

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Colin Munro [Photo credit: @thePSLt20/Twitter]

Karachi Kings got off to a flyer as they batted first in the first Pakistan Super League (PSL) Eliminator against Islamabad United at Karachi on Thursday.

Colin Munro did the damage at the top of the order, hitting 32 of just 11 balls while Babar Azam scored 42 off 32.

However, the defending champions fought back midway through the innings, picking up a flurry of wickets and restricting Karachi to 161/9 when they seemed to be on course for a 200-plus score.

Here, we take a closer look at the Munro’s display.

STATISTICS

Runs scored: 32

Balls faced: 11

Boundaries: 6

Sixes: 1

Strike-rate: 290.90

30-SECOND REPORT

Munro wasted no time in setting Karachi on their way. Off the 11 deliveries he faced, only one was a dot ball.

Apart from two singles, the rest of his runs came in boundaries. Even though Azam was no slouch at the other end, the New Zealand international’s explosive hitting saw him overshadow his fellow opener to an extent.

The Pakistani batsman seemed to assume the responsibility of playing a longer innings, while Munro went on the offensive. Their 52-run stand came off just 21 balls before Munro was dismissed by Muhammad Musa, departing with a strike rate of 290.90.

GOT RIGHT

Munro took the game to Islamabad and played exclusively on the front foot. He refused to curb his aggression during his fearless knock and relished the fuller length deliveries.

The 32-year-old favoured the offside, spanking the ball through the covers on a few occasions while he launched Musa over the ropes straight down the wicket.

GOT WRONG

We’re being hypercritical here, but despite the loose bowling from Islamabad early on in the innings, Munro should’ve acknowledge a rare good delivery when it came along.

He faced a relatively good one from Faheem Ashraf, while batting on 26 but tried to force it through the covers. He didn’t catch it right and it was fielded comfortably.

Then, after dispatching Musa for a six in the following over, he tried to wildly cut the next ball through the offside when the delivery didn’t allow him much room to extend his arms. He only succeeded in edging it behind for Luke Ronchi.

He faced a similar ball from Mohammad Sami in the first over which he also tried to hit with force, but his pull shot was mistimed and he only picked up a single on that occasion.

VERDICT – 7/10

Despite his early dismissal, Munro did his job. His explosive cameo at the top of the order along with Azam’s knock set up Karachi for a mammoth total but his side weren’t able to capitalise on that superb platform.

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Babar Azam. [Image credit: Twitter/@thePSLt20]

Islamabad United can take one step closer to retaining their Pakistan Super League (PSL) title as they face Karachi Kings in the first Eliminator at Karachi.

The winner of the encounter will progress to the second Eliminator where they will meet Peshawar Zalmi for a place in the final.

Both teams had mixed campaigns winning and losing five matches each.

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Waseem Ahmed 14/03/2019
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Wahab Riaz. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Wahab Riaz’s trademark wicket-taking celebrations could be a thing of the past with the Peshawar Zalmi pacer revealing he has been asked to tone it down by his coach.

The all-time leading wicket-taker in Pakistan Super League (PSL) history has become synonymous with his moustache swirling and sword slashing celebrations but it seems like it has not gone down well with his coach.

“My coach has told me to lay off this celebration style and, in fact, all the bowlers have been told to avoid excessive celebrations after taking a wicket,” the Peshawar pacer was quoted as saying by SportStar.

“I am back to a clean shave and avoiding taking a wicket with my slitting the throat celebration as I also realised it could lead to criticism and unnecessary controversies. I didn’t look very nice after I saw it on screen myself,” he added.

The veteran pacer has once again played a vital role for Peshawar Zalmi with 15 wickets and counting in the ongoing PSL edition. The left-armer was in his elements on Wednesday as well in the Qualifier against Quetta Gladiators where he picked up two wickets in his side’s narrow 10-run loss.

Despite his impressive displays, they haven’t been enough to earn Wahab a recall to the Pakistan ODI side with young Mohammad Hasnain being preferred instead for the upcoming series against Australia. The 33-year-old, however, remains unperturbed although he has not given up hopes on a World Cup berth just yet.

“That I very disappointed would be an understatement but I have learnt to take such things in my stride and just keep on doing my best and that is what I am doing in the PSL,” Wahab said.

“I know I still have plenty of cricket left in me and I can make an impact in the World Cup but rest is up to the selectors. But, yes, I would like to know where my future stands.”

Wahab will now hope to impress the Pakistan selectors when Peshawar Zalmi lock horns in the second PSL Eliminator on Friday at Karachi. The 2017 champions will book their third PSL final appearance in four years should they emerge victorious in the clash.

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