Islamabad United make flying start in PSL 2019
Defending champions Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League 2019 on Thursday in Dubai.
After being sent into bat first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Lahore Qalandars put a challenging total of 171/8 on the board relying on a smashing fifty from opener Fakhar Zaman.
The reply, although was not smooth for Islamabad United, they reached into the victory target with four deliveries to spare.
Qalandars jolted for a perfect start with a 97 runs opening partnership between Zaman and Akhtar. Half way throw the innings, Faheem Ashraf brought the first breakthrough striking with the wicket of Sohail Akhtar (37).
Zaman scored 65 off 43 with six fours and three sixes but Qalandars’ collapse began with his dismissal. AB de Villiers was next in the line scoring something to count. His 24 came off in 17 balls.
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Islamabad United’s chase was adorned by late order contribution. Luke Ronchi and Rizwan Hussain structured the base building an opening partnership of 45 but they lost quick wickets in the middle.
Rahat Ali’s 4 for 29 including all top three batsmen of Islamabad United, reducing them to 49/3 from 45/0.
Hussain Talat (37) and Cameron Delport (24) rebuild the inning with a 55 run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Lahore Qalandars 171/8 (20 overs)
Fakhar Zaman 65, Sohail Akhtar 37, AB de Villiers 24
Faheem Ashraf 2/24, Cameron Delport 1/12
Islamabad United 177/5 (19.2 overs)
Hussain Talat 37, Asif Ali 36*, Luke Ronchi 27
Rahat Ali 4/29
Result: Islamabad United won by 5 wickets.
Toss: Islamabad United
Man of the Match: Faheem Ashraf