Karachi Kings vs. Islamabad United

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Sharjah: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will have a new champion.

Karachi Kings’ Imad Wasim, who wrecked Islamabad United’s batting line-up on Wednesday night at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium with a deadly three-wicket spell to bag the man of the match award, has now warned Peshawar Zalmi, their opponents in the third and final qualifying round at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

“We are peaking, the way we won against Lahore (off the last ball on February 25) lifted us. If you win one or two matches like this then you get a lift and team combination becomes good,” remarked the slow left-arm spinner after his team’s emphatic 44 runs victory.

Twenty-eight-year-old Imad plays with such confidence that when asked if he believed if his team could beat Islamabad, he said: “If you don’t believe that you can win then there is no point. Whatever is the total you have to defend it and give it a shot as the result is not in your hands. We knew that if the total is 127 then we have to bowl them out and then we fielded and bowled well and since our captaincy was also so good, we won.”

Imad took the prize wickets of Islamabad skipper Misbah Ul Haq, Shane Watson and West Indies Nicholas Pooran at a crucial stages and explained how his team planned to shock Islamabad. “We needed wickets because we couldn’t have restricted them since they have a good team, so we knew we have to get them all out. Hence to give 100 per cent was the only way out. The wicket was on the low side and we were 20-30 runs short but still the way we won by this margin was great.”

Karachi skipper Kumar Sangakkara inspired the team with a flying catch to dismiss the dangerous Dwayne Smith. “In such a game if you drop a catch or take a brilliant catch it will have an impact on the team. He (Sangakkara) took a brilliant catch and that lifted us. Then (Mohammad) Amir, Usama (Mir) and I bowled well which was great.”