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Islamabad United claim PSL4 opener against Lahore Qalandars


Defending champions Islamabad United defeat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets to win the opening fixture of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The defending champions won the toss and chose to bowl.

Qalandars got off to a brilliant start as openers Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar put on a 97-run opening partnership. The stand came to an end when the latter was dismissed for 37 off 30 deliveries with four boundaries and a six to his.

Zaman and South African veteran AB de Villiers took the total to 129 with their 32-run stand before the opening batsman fell after scoring 65 off 44 balls which included six fours and three maximums.

After De Villiers departed after scored a 17-ball 24, there was little to no resistance shown by the middle order and the side managed 171-8 in their 20 overs.

United started the run chase of 172 in a positive manner as Luke Ronchi and Rizwan Hussain scored a 45-run opening stand.

Rahat Ali managed to bag three quick wickets which put the game back in Qalandars’ favour.

Cameron Delport and Hussain Talat recovered the side with their 55-run stand on the fourth wicket.

After Hussain Talat and Cameron Delport’s dismissal, it was Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali who came to the side’s rescue with their unbeaten 59-run partnership and took the side to victory.

Islamabad United top the standings with two points.

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ISLAMABAD UNITED

Over 19.2: Islamabad United 177-5 (win by five wickets)

Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez (0-6)

Faheem Ashraf smashes a six to end the game in style.

Over 19: Islamabad United 171-5 (require one run to win)

Faheem Ashraf 17 (9b)
Asif Ali 36 (19b)

Bowler: Shaheen Afridi (0-1-1wd-6-1-1)

Islamabad United need just one more run to win

Over 18: Islamabad United 160-5 (require 12 more runs to win)

Asif Ali 28 (15b)
Faheem Ashraf 15 (7b)

Bowler: Rahat Ali (6-6-0-0-wd-2-1)

Fifteen runs come off Rahat Ali’s over as Asif Ali hits him out of the park twice.

Over 17: Islamabad United 144-5 (require 28 more runs to win)

Faheem Ashraf 15 (7b)
Asif Ali 13 (9b)

Bowler: Yasir Shah (4-0-4-0-1-0)

Two boundaries in Shaheen Shah Afridi’s over. Asif Ali is keeping Islamabad’s hopes alive.

Over 16: Islamabad United 135-5 (require 37 more runs to win)

Faheem Ashraf 15 (6b)
Asif Ali 4 (4b)

Bowler: Yasir Shah (1-4-1-1-4-0)

Two reverse sweeps and two fours by Faheem Ashraf as spin maestro Yasir Shah gives away 13 runs in his over.

Over 15: Islamabad United 124-5 (require 48 more runs to win)

Faheem Ashraf 6 (2b)
Asif Ali 2 (2b)

Bowler: Carlos Brathwaite (wd-4-1-1-W-0-6)

Faheem Ashraf undoes Carlos Brathwaite’s great work as he hits a six off the last ball of his over.

WICKET: Hussain Talat c Rahat Ali b Carlos Brathwaite 37 (30b 3×4 1×6)

Over 14: Islamabad United 111-4 (require 61 more runs to win)

Hussain Talat 32 (27b)
Asif Ali 1 (1b)

Bowler: Rahat Ali (W-4-1-1-0-1)

Rahat Ali dismisses the dangerous Delport in yet another good over by the lanky pacer

WICKET: Cameron Delport c Mohammad Hafeez b Rahat Ali 24 (21b 0x4 2×6)

Over 13: Islamabad United 104-3 (require 68 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 24 (20b)
Hussain Talat 26 (23b)

Bowler: Yasir Shah (1-1-wd-1-6-0-1)

Cameron Delport connects a sweep for a maximum as Yasir Shah gives away 11 runs in his over

Over 12: Islamabad United 93-3 (require 90 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 16 (16b)
Hussain Talat 24 (21b)

Bowler: Haris Rauf (0-1-nb-1-1lb-1-6)

11 runs come off Rauf’s over as Delport hits a six on the last ball

Over 11: Islamabad United 82-3 (require 90 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 9 (12b)
Hussain Talat 22 (18b)

Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez (0-1-6-4-1-1)

Hussain Talat takes the attack to Lahore Qalandars as he hits back-to-back boundaries off Hafeez

Over 10: Islamabad United 69-3 (require 103 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 7 (9b)
Hussain Talat 11 (15b)

Bowler: Haris Rauf (0-2-1-1wd-1-1-1)

Debutant Rauf gives away just seven in his first over as United struggle to keep up with the required rate.

Over 9: Islamabad United 62-3 (require 110 more runs to win)

Hussain Talat 7 (11b)
Cameron Delport 5 (7b)

Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez (0-1-1-1-1-1)

Lahore Qalandars spinners continue to suffocate Islamabad United as Hafeez gives away just five runs

Over 8: Islamabad United 57-3 (require 115 more runs to win)

Hussain Talat 4 (7b)
Cameron Delport 3 (5b)

Bowler: Yasir Shah (0-wd-0-1-0-1-1)

Another tight over as Yasir Shah applies the squeeze — four runs off it

Over 7: Islamabad United 53-3 (require 119 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 2 (3b)
Hussain Talat 2 (3b)

Bowler: Rahat Ali (1-0-1-1-1-0)

Islamabad United look to consolidate after losing three quick wickets as Hafeez gives away only four singles in his over.

Over 6: Islamabad United 49-3 (require 123 more runs to win)

Cameron Delport 0 (0b)

Bowler: Rahat Ali (W-W-0-0-4-W)

Lahore Qalandars come roaring back as Rahat Ali takes three wickets in one over.

WICKET: Phil Salt c Haris Rauf b Rahat Ali 4 (4b 1×4 0x6)

WICKET: Luke Ronchi c Haris Rauf b Rahat Ali 27 (17b 4×4 1×6)

WICKET: Rizwan Hussain c Mohammad Hafeez b Rahat Ali 15 (15b 2×4 0x6)

Over 5: Islamabad United 45-0 (require 127 more runs to win)

Rizwan Hussain 15 (14b)
Luke Ronchi Ronchi27 (16b)

Bowler: Yasir Shah (1-0-1-0-1-1)

Four singles come off Yasir Shah’s over as he keeps it tight against the Islamabad United openers.

Over 4: Islamabad United 41-0 (require 131 more runs to win)

Rizwan Hussain 13 (11b)
Luke Ronchi25 (13b)

Bowler: Carlos Braithwaite (4-1lb-4-4-0-0)

Four singles come off Yasir Shah’s over as he keeps it tight against the Islamabad United openers.

Over 3: Islamabad United 28-0 (require 144 more runs to win)

Luke Ronchi 21 (11b)
Rizwan Hussain 5 (7b)

Bowler: Shaheen Afridi (4-4-1-1-0-1)

Luke Ronchi hits Shaheen Shah Afridi for back-to-back boundary as pacer gives away 11

Over 2: Islamabad United 17-0 (require 155 more runs to win)

Luke Ronchi 11 (6b)
Rizwan Hussain 4 (6b)

Bowler: Rahat Ali (0-wd-0-0-1-0-1lb)

Rahat Ali gives away only three runs as United openers fail to read him

Over 1: Islamabad United 14-0 (require 158 more runs to win)

Luke Ronchi 11 (4b)
Rizwan Hussain 3 (2b)

Bowler: Shaheen Afridi (4-1-2-1-0-6)

Ronchi hits a four and six as 14 runs come off Shaheen Shah Afridi’s first over

LAHORE QALANDARS

Over 20: Lahore Qalandars 171-8

Mohammad Hafeez 5 (3b)

Bowler: Mohammad Sami (6-1-1-W-2-W)

Both captains will be satisfied with the 172-run target. Lahore Qalandars will be satisfied with their strong score on a pitch where the ball isn’t quite coming on to the bat, while Sami and co will be pleased with the way they clawed back into the game after Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar got them off to a flier with their 97-run stand at the start of the innings.

WICKET: Shaheen Shah Afridi lbw b Mohammad Sami 2 (2b 0x4 0x6)

WICKET: Yasir Shah run out (Luke Ronchi) 5 (3b 1×4 0x6)

Over 19: Lahore Qalandars 161-6

Yasir Shah 0 (1b)
Mohammad Hafeez 4 (2b)

Bowler: Faheem Ashraf (0-W-1-4-W-1lb)

Faheem Ashraf with another tight over as Lahore disappoint at the death.

WICKET: Anton Devcich run out (Faheem Ashraf) 14 (12b 0x4 0x6)

WICKET: Carlos Brathwaite c Hussain Talat b Faheem Ashraf 6 (6b 1×4 0x6) 

Over 18: Lahore Qalandars 155-4

Carlos Brathwaite 6 (4b)
Anton Devcich 13 (11b)

Bowler: Waqas Maqsood (1-1-1-4-0-1)

Waqas Maqsood gives away just seven to frustrate Carlos Brathwaite and Anton Devcich, who look to tee off.

Over 17: Lahore Qalandars 147-4

Anton Devcich 11 (9b)

Bowler: Cameron Delport (2-2-1-1-1-W)

Lahore Qalandars continue to lose wickets as seven runs and a wicket come in the 17th

WICKET: Brendan Taylor lbw b Cameron Delport 2 (3b 0x4 0x6)

Over 16: Lahore Qalandars 140-3

Anton Devcich 5 (5b)
Brendan Taylor 1 (1b)

Bowler: Waqas Maqsood (1-1-W-1-1-1)

Waqas Maqsood takes AB de Villiers’ big wicket in his third over

WICKET: AB de Villiers c Phil Salt b Waqas Maqsood 24 (17b 2×4 1×6)

Over 15: Lahore Qalandars 135-2

AB de Villiers 23 (15b)
Anton Devcich 2 (2b)

Bowler: Cameron Delport (0-1-1-1-1-1)

Runs dry up after Fakhar Zaman’s wicket as just five runs come off Delport’s first over

Over 14: Lahore Qalandars 130-2

AB de Villiers 20 (11b)
Anton Devcich 0 (0b)

Bowler: Shadab Khan (6-1-1-0-W-1)

Eventful Shadab over comes to an end as Fakhar hits him off a six before being dismissed later on.

WICKET: Fakhar Zaman c Rizwan Hussain b Shadab Khan 65 (44b 6×4 3×6)

Over 13: Lahore Qalandars 121-1

AB de Villiers 18 (9b)
Fakhar Zaman 58 (40b)

Bowler: Hussain Talat (4-4-1-4-1-6)

Ab de Villiers and Fakhar Zaman show no mercy to young Hussain Talat, smashing 20 off his first over

Over 12: Lahore Qalandars 101-1

Bowler: Shadab Khan (0-1-0-1-0-1)

Flow of runs stopped completely as just three runs come off Shadab’s over.

Over 11: Lahore Qalandars 98-1

Fakhar Zaman 52 (36b)
AB de Villiers 1 (1b)

Bowler: Faheem Ashraf (1-0-2-W-1-0)

Faheem Ashraf finally breaks the opening partnership as Sohail Akhtar departs in a superb over that yielded just four.

WICKET: Sohail Akhtar c Luke Ronchi b Faheem Ashraf 37 (30b 4×4 1×6)

Over 10: Lahore Qalandars 94-0

Fakhar Zaman 51 (34b)
Sohail Akhtar 35 (27b)

Bowler: Mohammad Sami (4-4-1-0-1-1)

Fakhar hits two boundaries off the first two balls off that Sami over that goes for 11

Over 9: Lahore Qalandars 83-0

Sohail Akhtar 34 (25b)
Fakhar Zaman 41 (30b)

Bowler: Faheem Ashraf (2-1-1-1-0-4)

Sohail Akhtar hits a boundary off the last ball of that nine-run over

Over 8: Lahore Qalandars 74-0

Fakhar Zaman 38 (27b)
Sohail Akhtar 29 (22b)

Bowler: Shadab Khan (0-2-1lb-6-1-1)

Akhtar smashes Shadab straight over the bowler for a six as 11 come off that over

Over 7: Lahore Qalandars 63-0

Sohail Akhtar 22 (20b)
Fakhar Zaman 34 (23b)

Bowler: Faheem Ashraf (0-0-1-1-4-0)

A good over by Faheem Ashraf. Only six runs off it as Akhtar nails a cut through backward point

Over 6: Lahore Qalandars 57-0

Sohail Akhtar 17 (15b)
Fakhar Zaman 33 (22b)

Bowler: Shadab Khan (0-1-2wd-1-6-1-1)

Zaman sends compatriot Shadab’s delivery into Row Z as the young leg-spinner yields 12 in his first over

Over 5: Lahore Qalandars 45-0

Fakhar Zaman 26 (20b)
Sohail Akhtar 14 (11b)

Bowler: Waqas Maqsood (1-1-0-4-0-0)

Fakhar hits a boundary but once again just six come off that Maqsood over

Over 4: Lahore Qalandars 39-0

Sohail Akhtar 13 (10b)
Fakhar Zaman 21 (15b)

Bowler: Samit Patel (0-6-4-1-4-0)

Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar take a liking to Samit Patel, smashing him for 15 runs in his last over. Patel drops Akhtar off the final ball though.

Over 3: Lahore Qalandars 24-0

Fakhar Zaman 10 (11b)
Sohail Akhtar 9 (8b)

Bowler: Waqas Maqsood (0-0-4-1-0-1)

Tight first over by Waqar Maqsood despite Sohail Akhtar’s boundary off the third ball

Over 2: Lahore Qalandars 18-0

Fakhar Zaman 9 (9b)
Sohail Akhtar 4 (4b)

Bowler: Samit Patel (0-0-0-1-2+5-1-0)

Interesting turn of events as Lahore Qalandars awarded five extra runs after the ball hits Ronchi’s gloves lying on the ground to spoil an otherwise superb over.

Over 1: Lahore Qalandars 9-0

Sohail Akhtar 1 (2b)
Fakhar Zaman 8 (4b)

Bowler: Mohammad Sami (4-1-1-0-3-0)

A lovely way to start as Zaman scores a four on the first ball of the tournament.

Opening batsmen: Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman

Islamabad United XI: Rizwan Hussain, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, Philip Salt, Asif Ali, Samit Patel, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami (captain) and Waqas Maqsood

Lahore Qalandars XI: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez (captain), AB de Villiers, Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Carlos Brathwaite, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Rahat Ali.

Hello and welcome to the live updates of the opening day of PSL4 as defending champions Islamabad United kick off their campaign against Lahore Qalandars in Dubai. Both sides are looking forward to start their journey on a winning note.