For the first time in the history of the highly valued Pakistan Super League (PSL), Islamabad United have been knocked out of the 6-team competition without playing the play-offs. Playing 10 contests of the tournament, Islamabad was able to win only 3 matches with a washed-out game. As a result, they got only 7 points and became the first team to take an exit from PSL 2020.
Coming into the match against Karachi Kings, Islamabad was devoid of their full force as a result of Luke Ronchi, Dale Steyn, Colin Munro and Dawid Malan leaving the team. However, they fought brilliantly despite producing a modest total of 136 runs on the board.
The opening burst of Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam installed Karachi in the driving seat. However, some ordinary batting from Imad Wasim and Cameron Delport brought Islamabad back in the game. Nevertheless, Umaid Asif’s cameo helped them get over the line as Karachi became the second team after Multan to qualify for the final-four stage of the 20-over competition.