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Babar, Zadran propel Karachi Kings to 190 runs against Islamabad United 

Najibullah Zadran remained unbeaten at the end after scoring 71 runs off 42 balls 

Babar, Zadran propel Karachi Kings to 190 runs against Islamabad United  PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Batsman Babar Azam and Najibullah Zadran propelled Karachi Kings to 190 runs for the loss of four wickets against Islamabad United during their Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six encounter in Abu Dhabi on Monday. 

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Karachi Kings’ openers Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam got their side to a breezy start. 

Pacer Akif Javed, however, removed Sharjeel Khan, caught behind by wicketkeeper Mohammad Akhlaq after scoring 25 runs off 17 balls ensuring that the explosive batsman could not do a lot of damage. 

Pacer Mohammad Wasim then bowled batsman Martin Guptill after he had scored just six runs off four balls. 

Najibullah Zadran then joined skipper Babar Azam in the middle for a monumental 117-run partnership off 69 balls. 

The two batsmen took their time to settle down before stepping on the peddle during the latter part of the innings. 

Pacer Hasan Ali finally removed Babar Azam, caught by fielder Mohammad Wasim, after the batsman had scored 81 runs off 54 balls. 

Veteran all-rounder Thisara Perera got a chance in the final over of the innings and was promptly removed by pacer Ali Khan, caught by fielder Iftikhar Ahmed, for a golden duck while trying to go for the big shot. 

Najibullah Zadran remained unbeaten at the end after scoring 71 runs off 42 balls to propel his side to 190 runs for the loss of four wickets. 

Pacers Akif Javed, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim and Ali Khan picked up one wicket apiece for their side.