Babar Azam partnered strongly with Najibullah Zadran as Karachi Kings posted 190 in 20 overs against Islamabad United in the 22nd game of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6.
Sent into bat first, the Kings got the support of Babar and Zadran who scored 117 runs together. Kings were under a bit of pressure after losing Martin Guptill and being reduced to 63-2 in 7 overs.
But, Babar and Najib took the whole responsibility and set the tone for Kings to fire-power the opponents. Babar scored 81 runs off 54 balls spread over seven boundaries and three sixes.
Najib remained not out for 71. His inning included five boundaries and four sixes. Earlier, Sharjeel supported Babar as an opener as they scored 37 runs together. Sharjeel got out after a quick start and scoring 25 off 17 laced with two sixes and a boundary.
Islamabad United won the toss and decided to bowl first
Karachi Kings: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Martin Guptill, Chadwick Walton, Najibullah Zadran, Thisara Perera, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas, Arshad Iqbal, Waqas Maqsood Mohammad Amir
Islamabad United: Colin Munro, Usman Khuwaja, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Muhammad Ikhlaq, Hasan Ali, Ali Khan, Mohammad Waseem Jr, Akif Javed