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Iftikhar happy with his match-winning performance

Islamabad United Iftikhar Ahmed plays a shot

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Islamabad United seasoned middle order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed is very happy with his superb knock which enabled Islamabad United to down Karachi Kings by five wickets in their second round fixture of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 here at National  Stadium on Wednesday.
“Thanks God, I performed at a stage which helped my team win the game,” Iftikhar said. Iftikhar, who also has played one Test, smashed 37-ball 49 not out, hitting three sixes and two fours which enabled United to make home comfortably while chasing a daunting target of 197.
Asked how he coped with the pressure Iftikhar said it all depends on belief.
“If you believe in yourself in such matches you take your team towards a win. I had belief in myself and so finished the game,” said Iftikhar, also a regular part of Pakistan T20 team.
He admitted that he is popular as a strong finisher.
“Yes people know that I finish the game. I always try to finish the game because it is the role of the middle order batsmen to finish the game,” Iftikhar said.
He hoped that United would annex another title.
“When I was with Karachi Kings they won the title and when I was with United they also won the crown. I am confident United again will lift the title,” Iftikhar hoped.
United have won titles in 2016 and 2018. Iftikhar pointed out that the ball was taking more break and it was being gripped in the second innings.
“It was even more difficult for the team batting second because the ball was being gripped and break was also seen. The credit goes to our top order batsmen who scored quick runs to make the chase easier for us,” Iftikhar said.
He said he always is looking for making solid contributions in his team’s wins.

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