PSL-6: Lahore Qalandars beat the Islamabad United

 PSL-6: Lahore Qalandars beat the Islamabad United

Lahore Qalandars won the match against Islamabad United

Abu Dhabi, 10June: Lahore Qalandars early pulled off a five-wicket last-ball victory over Islamabad United in the opening fixture of the Pakistan Super League’s second leg at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

After restricting Islamabad to 143-9 on an outrageously slow pitch, Lahore also found runs hard to come by against spinners as they found adequate purchase in the second half of the match to trouble the batters.

At midpoint of the innings, Lahore Qalandars had managed just 57-2 and needed acceleration to seal only their third win against Islamabad United in 11 meetings to become outright leaders at the points table.

Wednesday’s victory was Lahore Qalandars’ fourth success in six outings of the ongoing tournament.

Islamabad United lost the plot when Hussain Talat was inexplicably entrusted with the final over and his first of the match when Lahore Qalandarsstill required 16 runs to get over the line.

Captain Shadab Khan held himself back at this critical juncture.

Qalandars were under pressure in the twilight phase of the game after losing well-set Sohail Akhtar and Mohammad Hafeez.

They needed 16 off the last over and it was Rashid who came to rescue his team and struck Hussain Talat for three boundaries, a single and double to score 15 runs single-handedly.

Earlier, Faheem Ashraf rescued United to a compatible total at the end after Qalandars destroyed their top-order batting.

The left-handed batsman joined the crease when United were suffering at 80-6. He stood firm and composed till the end to add some runs to his team’s already deprived total.

But, it was the day of Qalandars’ bowlers, starting with James Faulkner picking three wickets on his PSL debut. Colin Munro, Rohail Nazir, and Shadab Khan fell prey to the Australia-hailed bowler. He finished his four overs with three wickets and 32 runs.

Later on, Haris Rauf and Ahmed Daniyal joined the party and bagged two wickets each to further dent the opponents. Another debutant Usman Khuwaja tried to read the pitch but Haris picked him up in seventh over to release a pressure created by him.

Rashid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi also bagged two well-set batsmen. Faheem fell to Shaheen after scoring 27 runs off 24 balls laced with two boundaries and a six.

In reply, Qalandars were off to a convincing start with Fakhar Zaman and skipper Sohail scoring quick 21 runs. Fakhar fell to Faheem after scoring nine runs but Sohail looked in different touch today.

The right-handed batsman kept on ticking the scoreboard while chasing a modest total of 144. He alongside Hafeez scored 38 runs to lay down a solid foundation for run chase.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed got a breakthrough in the 13th over when Sohail misjudged his wrong’un and got LBW. Hasan Ali joined in and took Hafeez and Ben Dunk quickly to put United under pressure.

Tim David played sensibly and scored 23 runs laced with a boundary and a six. He watched Rashid finishing the game from the other end.

Hasan bagged two wickets while Faheem, Fawad, and Shadab Khan shared a wicket each.

With this win, Qalandars grabbed top position at the points table with eight points. They won four out of five matches and lost one so far.

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