KARACHI (APP) – Defending champions Islamabad United will clash with hosts Karachi Kings in the Eliminator 1 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 4 on Thursday (today).
The match will start at 07:00 PM (PST) at the National Stadium Karachi. The winning team will play Peshawar Zalmi, who lost the Qualifier against Quetta Gladiators, to book a place in the final. The losing side will be eliminated from the tournament.
Islamabad United, winners in 2016 and 2018, had defeated Karachi Kings in both league matches of the PSL 4. United were equal on points with their rivals in the league phase with 10 in as many games, finished ahead of Kings on better net run-rate.
On their way to the title in the first edition, Islamabad beat Karachi in the Eliminator by a convincing nine-wicket margin when Brad Haddin (52 not out) and Luke Ronchi (50 not out) helped them chase down a modest target of 111 runs.
But, Karachi reversed the result in 2017 when the two teams again met in the Eliminator, beating Islamabad by 44 runs at the back of some superb bowling by Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim and Usama Mir – all taking three wickets.
Islamabad again had the better of Karachi in the third edition on their way to the title, winning by eight wickets. Ronchi once again was Karachi’s nemesis, by scoring a whirlwind 94.