Good Evening! Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s live coverage of Match 16 of the 2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday. Kings are currently sitting on third position in the points table with four points from six games. They have won two and lost four matches. United also have four points from the same number of matches. They too have won two matches. This is an all-important match for both the teams. Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi will also square-off with each other later in the day today. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings, Match 16 at Sharjah
LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: IU 131/5 in 18.5 Overs | Target 129 | BATTING:  Asif Ali 31(17), Azhar Mahmood 2(3): HUGEE SIX, second of this over by Ali. What an innings this has been from him making 31* off just 17 balls.SIX, Asif Ali goes BIG. Makes it only 4 to win from 9 balls. This is turning out to be a close match, with United needing 11 from 12 balls as Mir Hamza comes into the attack. Misbah-ul-Haq who played really well for his run a ball 38 got out to Ravi Bopara as James Vince caught hi.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: IU 83/4 in 14 Overs | Target 129 | BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 29(27), Asif Ali 1(2): Khalid Latif advances down the pitch but the bowler Usama Mir smartly bowls a quicker leg-break ball and batter had no answer; he is stumped. Asif Ali has come to the middle after the dismissal of Latif. Islamabad United need 46 more runs from here on to win the match. They have 36 balls remaining and six wickets in hand. No team is a clear favourite at the moment to win this clash; a truly gripping and enticing contest by all means. OUT! Khalid Latif st Mushfiqur Rahim b Usama Mir 33(35)

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: IU 73/3 in 11.3 Overs | Target 129 | BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 21(19), Khalid Latif 32(30): The fourth-wicket partnership between Misbah-ul-Haq and Khalid Latif has fetched Islamabad United 54 runs till now. Both the batters are batting slightly better than run-a-ball. United now require 56 runs from 51 balls with seven wickets remaining. Karachi Kings will have to break this partnership now if they wish to entertain any prospect of them winning this match.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: IU 23/3 in 5 Overs | Target 129 | BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 4(4), Khalid Latif 0(6): A brilliant comeback orchestrated by Karachi Kings’ bowlers. Sohail Khan sends Sharjeel Khan and Brad Haddin back to the pavilion while Mohammad Aamer took the wicket of Andre Russell. Just the ideal start that Kings needed. They are not defending a big score and thus needed some quick, early wickets. OUT! Sharjeel Khan c Shahzaib Hasan b Sohail Khan 1(3), OUT! Andre Russell hit-wicket Mohammad Aamer 14(11), OUT! Brad Haddin c Shakib Al Hasan b Sohail Khan 4(6)

INNINGS BREAK

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: KK 128/5 in 20 Overs. BATTING: Shoaib Malik 7(11), Shakib Al Hasan 7(6): When the Kings needed that their set batsmen up the scoring rate, they fail to deliver. Ravi Bopara falls for 45; just five runs short off his half century. His wicket was taken by Azhar Mahmood. Andre Russell then cleaned up Mushfiqur Rahim. Shoaib Malik and Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten for seven runs each. 128 is a poor score and Kings will have to bowl very well if they wish to restrict the opposition below it. OUT! Ravi Bopara c Asif Ali b Azhar Mahmood 45 (50), OUT! Mushfiqur Rahim b Andre Russell 33(27)

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: KK 88/3 in 15 Overs. BATTING: Ravi Bopara 42 (46), Mushfiqur Rahim 16 (18): Both the batters have got settled but they have wasted some precious deliveries which might prove costly at the end. The partnership has fetched the Kings 41 runs. Bopara needs eight more runs to get to his fifty. If Karachi Kings score 50-60 runs in the final five overs, they might reach a decent score if not a respectable or competitive total.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: KK 53/3 in 10 Overs. BATTING: Ravi Bopara 21 (30), Mushfiqur Rahim 2 (5): After Imran Khalid’s initial onslaught, Mohmmad Sami is brought into the attack. The decision pays off as he soon sends Shahzaib Hasan back to the hut for 27. Karachi Kings are in desperate need of partnership now and they should not lose another wicket for the next three to four overs at least. More than Kings’ poor batting, it is more about Islamabad’s good bowling display. OUT! Shahzaib Hasan c Brad Haddin b Mohammad Sami 27(19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: KK 27/2 in 5.1 Overs. BATTING: Ravi Bopara 9 (13), Shahzaib Hasan 17 (12): Karachi Kings have lost two wickets early on in their innings. Both the wickets were claimed by slow left-arm orthodox bowler Imran Khalid. Shahzaib Hasan and Ravi Bopara are batting at the moment. Shakib Al Hasan, Shoaib Malik and Mushfiqur Rahim are yet to come. OUT! James Vince c Misbah-ul-Haq b Imran Khalid 2(5), OUT! Imad Wasim lbw Imran Khalid 0(2)

Toss: Islamabad United win the toss and elect to field first

Kings’ next match is scheduled for February 16, which shall be the 19th match of the series. They will take on Peshawar Zalmi in that game. Islamabad United’s next match is also tabled for the same day. They will play Lahore Qalandars in that match. The tourney’s final will be played on February 23. There shall be three qualifying matches on the previous three days.

Squads: 

Karachi Kings: Shoaib Malik (c), Lendl Simmons, Nauman Anwar, James Vince, Imad Wasim, Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Sohail Tanvir, Usama Mir, Saifullah Bangash (wk), Mohammad Amir, Bilawal Bhatti, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sohail Khan, Shahzaib Hasan.

Islamabad United: Shane Watson(c), Brad Haddin(wk), Andre Russell, Saeed Ajmal, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Irfan, Amad Butt, Samuel Badree, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami, Ashar Zaidi, Babar Azam, Umar Amin, Khalid Latif, Sam Billings, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Hussain Talat, Umar Siddiq.