Rizwan Hussain proved to be a massive entertainer in his first game in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League.
Having broken into the Islamabad United playing XI with a reputation of being a clean striker of the cricketing ball, Rizwan did not take long to stamp his authority.
He struck a smoking six off the bowling of Umaid Asif in his whirlwind cameo, restating the fact that he belongs to the competitive arena.
Luke Ronchi superbly anchored Islamabad's innings with a stunning exhibition of controlled aggression.
Initially hampered by a lack of fluency, the veteran Kiwi batter broke free from the shackles during the middle overs when he took on the bowling of Mohammad Amir.
Ronchi pounced on the slight error in length from Amir to hammer a sizzling maximum over the long-leg fence.
Shadab Khan has rapidly developed into a vital cog in United's middle-order after excelling for his franchise in the past few games.
The canny all-rounder amassed his second half-century in three games by feasting on the Karachi Kings bowling line-up.
His stylish stroke off Umaid was particularly alluring as he launched a straight hit over the bowler's head.
Babar Azam entered the PSL 2020 with the weight of expectations attached to his batting eminence.
He has thus far failed to deliver in the ongoing tournament, though his latest failure was down to some stupendous fielding from opposition captain Shadab.
SHADAB KHAN RUNS BABAR AZAM OUT IN THIS FIRST OVER ??— Cricingif (@_cricingif) March 1, 2020
DALE STEYN STARTS WITH A MAIDEN ??
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Babar, yet to face a ball in Karachi's chase, was rushing towards the striker's end when Shadab sprang into action and nailed a direct throw at the stumps to catch him short of the crease.
Sharjeel Khan finally came to the party following a string of mediocre scores by bludgeoning a few delightful blows in his freewheeling charge.
He swivelled on the back foot in typical fashion to smash legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn for a huge six in the third over to revisit memories of his pristine slogging before the spot-fixing ban.
Alex Hales emerged as the hero for the Kings as they managed to ace the daunting run chase. The Englishman wonderfully held the innings together after the early departure of Babar and unleashed dexterous shots that made the ball disappear.
He manufactured a glorious pull shot off Muhammad Musa when the rookie pacer pitched a short ball, which sat perfectly for a player of Hales' caliber to dispatch it with disdain.