Side register five-wicket win in a thrilling contest
Rashid Khan’s brilliant all-round performance was enough for Lahore Qalandars to secure a five-wicket win in a thrilling contest against Islamabad United.
While chasing a below-par total of 144, Qalandars couldn’t really get going and needed 16 off the final over.
Khan, who earlier bowled an outstanding spell of one for nine in four overs, scored three consecutive boundaries off the first three deliveries and helped United in getting over the line on the final ball of the match.
Captain Sohail Akhtar finished the innings with the top score of 40 off 30 balls with the help of five fours and one six.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, United never really got going and at one stage were struggling after losing seven wickets for just 93 runs in the 15th over.
However, a 27-run cameo from Faheem Ashraf off 24 balls late in the innings helped the side in posting a competitive total of 143 for the loss of nine wickets.
For Qalandars, left-arm pacer James Faulkner was the most successful bowler as he claimed three wickets and gave away 32 runs in his four overs.
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And that’s it. Qalandars finally managed to get over the line on the final ball of the match, courtesy a miss-hit over the wicketkeeper’s head.
Huge six of the final ball of Hasan Ali’s over. Qalandars now need 16 off the final over.
Huge wicket for United.
OUT! Hasan Ali delivers again as he removes dangerous Ben Dunk with Qalandars needing 22 off just eight balls.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 9, 2021
LQ 122-5 (18.4 overs)
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OUT! Fawad gets a big wicket as he removes in-form Sohail Akhtar, who departs after scoring 40 off 30 balls.
LQ 82-3 (12.2 overs)
That was a great over for Qalandars as 15 were scored on the bowling of Shadab.
LQ 81-2 (12 overs)
At the half-way stage:
LQ 57-2 (10 overs)
OUT! Shadab Khan gets a big one as he removes Faizan. United are very much alive in the contest.
LQ 44-2 (7.4 overs)
At the end of powerplay:
LQ 38-1 (6 overs)
OUT! A huge wicket for United as Qalandars lose Fakhar Zaman early.
So we are back with the second innings of the day.
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So that’s a decent ending for Islamabad United after losing seven wickets for just 93 runs.
After 20 overs:
OUT! Shaheen finally removes Faheem Ashraf who played a useful cameo of 27.
IU 139-9 (19.3 overs)
OUT! Haris Rauf removes Hasan Ali as United’s crisis continue in Abu Dhabi.
IU 109-8 (16.5 overs)
Another one for the youngster.
Things are just getting harder for United
OUT! Hussain Talat's short stay in the middle came to an end as Rashid Khan gets another big one.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 9, 2021
IU 80-6 (12.1 overs)
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OUT! Daniyal gets a big wicket of Iftikhar who departs after scoring 12 off 16.
IU 72-5 (11.2 overs)
At the end of the half-way stage:
IU 68-4 (10 overs)
OUT! Haris Rauf gets a big one as Usman Khawaja departs after scoring 18 off 17 balls.
IU 50-4 (6.4 overs)
At the end of powerplay:
IU 43-3 (6 overs)
Faulkner on fire. Great start for Qalandars.
OUT! Another one Faulkner. Dream debut continues for the veteran left-arm pacer who claims his third wicket. United in trouble.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 9, 2021
IU 42-3 (5.2 overs)
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Another big one for Qalandars.
OUT! Another one for Faulkner. He is on fire as United lost their second wicket.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) June 9, 2021
IU 30-2 (3.3 overs)
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United are well and truly on their way after three consecutive boundaries.
IU 30-1 (3.1 overs)
That’s a huge wicket for the Qalandars
Here are the playing XIS for this fixture:
TOSS: The news from the centre is Sohail Akhtar has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The league was postponed in March earlier this year due to a coronavirus outbreak.
It is the first match to be played in Abu Dhabi.
Hello and welcome to the live blog for match 15 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.