LAHORE - An incredible 75 from Asif Ali followed by Muhammad Musa’s 3-18 handed Islamabad United a stunning 28-run victory over Lahore Qalandars in the 20th fixture of Pakistan Super League (PSL6) at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. This win propelled United at the top of points table.
According to information made available here, Qalandars, chasing 153, were rolled out for 124 with 10 balls spare despite a solid start to their innings. The opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar stroked a 55-run partnership that ended on the last ball of the powerplay when leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed trapped the latter in front of stumps. Zeeshan Ashraf was run out five balls later after scoring just one but the run chase turned on its head in the 11th over when Musa dismissed M Hafeez with a short-pitched delivery.
Qalandars slipped from 86-2 to 100-9. Musa dismissed Ben Dunk on the last ball of the same over and got the prized scalp of Fakhar, who with 44 off 37 promised to anchor the chase, in his next over. Haris Rauf promised a twist in the tale with two successive sixes off Mohammad Wasim Jr but he was caught at deep midwicket by Iftikhar Ahmed in the penultimate over which ended Qalandars’ innings at 124 in 18.2 overs. It was the 123-run alliance between Asif Ali, who posted his best PSL score, and Iftikhar Ahmed that propelled Islamabad United to a respectable 152-7. United had lost as many as five wickets for just 20 runs as Qalandars’ pacers once again provided their team a perfect start. Shaheen Afridi’s scorching pace combined with lethal swing sent Usman Khawaja packing on the third ball.
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Rohail was sent packing by James Faulkner. In the fourth over, the Australian quick dismissed Colin Munro – for the second time in five days – with a delivery that nipped back into the left-hander and Hussain Talat became his next victim when he flicked the penultimate ball of the powerplay into the hands of Tim David. United were 20-4 after six overs.
Their start to the middle-phase of the innings was far from perfect as Shadab Khan was caught behind off Haris Rauf. As Qalandars seemed to be on their course to roll out United for a small total, Asif and Iftikhar staged an epic recovery with the former being a central figure. Asif dispatched Qalandars’ bowlers for boundaries regularly. He struck five sixes and six fours in his defiant 43-ball 75. The Qalandars failed to remove him and his stay at the crease only ended when his leg disturbed the stumps as he pulled Shaheen in the 19th over. Iftikhar, who scored 49 off 37, duly supported him. He struck six boundaries before he holed out to long-off in the penultimate ball of the innings. Only two batsmen from United – Asif and Iftikhar – and three from Qalandars – Fakhar, Sohail and Rauf – scored in double figures.
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Usman Khawaja c Dunk b Shaheen 0
Colin Munro lbw b Faulkner 4
Rohail Nazir lbw b Faulkner 1
Hussain Talat c David b Faulkner 8
Shadab Khan c Dunk b Haris Rauf 5
Iftikhar Ahmed c Rashid b Haris Rauf 49
Asif Ali hit wicket b Shaheen Afridi 75
Mohammad Wasim not out 4
Muhammad Musa not out 0
EXTRAS: (b2, lb1, nb1, w2) 6
TOTAL: (7 wkts, 20 overs) 152
FOW: 1-0, 2-4, 3-13, 4-20, 5-20, 6-143, 7-150.
BOWLING: Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-19-2, James Faulkner 4-0-19-3, Haris Rauf 4-0-29-2, Rashid Khan 4-0-36-0, Ahmed Daniyal 4-0-46-0.
Fakhar Zaman c Iftikhar b M Musa 44
Sohail Akhtar lbw b Fawad Ahmed 34
Zeeshan Ashraf run out 1
M Hafeez c Hussain Talat b M Musa 8
Ben Dunk c Rohail Nazir b Musa 1
Tim David c Iftikhar b Shadab Khan 3
Rashid Khan b Shadab Khan 4
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James Faulkner b Fawad Ahmed 1
Shaheen Afridi run out 0
Ahmed Daniyal not out 6
Haris Rauf c Iftikhar b Ali Khan 17
EXTRAS: lb2, w3) 5
TOTAL: (all out, 18.2 overs) 124
FOW: 1-55, 2-58, 3-86, 4-88, 5-93, 6-97, 7-99, 8-100, 9-100, 10-124.
BOWLING: Mohammad Wasim 3-0-38-0, Ali Khan 2.2-0-10-1, Muhammad Musa 3-0-18-3, Fawad Ahmed 4-0-27-2, Iftikhar Ahmed 2-0-15-0, Shadab Khan 4-0-14-2.
TOSS: Islamabad United