39dThe Report by Danyal Rasool

Islamabad United come from behind to win PSL opener

Regular breakthroughs didn't do it for Lahore Qalandars as Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali put on an unbroken 59 off 28 for the sixth wicket

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Fakhar Zaman
65(44) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
4 2 7 4 22 18 0 8
Sohail Akhtar
37(30) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 3 3 4 2 8 11 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Rahat Ali
O4
M0
R29
W4
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Faheem Ashraf
O4
M0
R24
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Varun Shetty

2am And that is it from the first evening of PSL 4! Superb skills on display all through the match and quite a bit of fireworks. See you soon!

Faheem Ashraf is the Man of the Match.

Usama Ali: "Regardless of who you were supporting, it's encouraging as a Pakistani fan to see Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali chase down a target together. Will be interesting in this whole tournament to see if players like them can improve like this, and later translate it internationally. "

Asad: "In all 3 previous seasons of psl in the first match of psl the team which lost their first game qualified for the final feeling for lahore"

Bilal: "Islamabad always finds a way of winning matches. One way or the other they will out the opposition down"

Mudassir Nadeem: "My goodness this Islamabad team has really strong bating lineup with shadab and patel still to come.."

Ilty: "I actually thought it was bad captaincy. He let a spinner bowl the 16th over and they just got into the zone against him. Then bowled Rahat at the wrong time who was bowling terribly by bowling length. Haris rauf should have been tried who's known to be good at the death."

1:41am This explains everything, doesn't it? Islamabad have won with four balls to spare thanks to a 59-run stand for the sixth wicket. And it took only 4.4 overs. This is why they didn't spend too much time trying to build the innings even when wickets fell quickly. They didn't need to. Samit Patel, 238 T20s - 28 fifties - at a strike rate of 125, didn't get a bat today. Neither did Shadab. And that is the story. They pulled it back late in Lahore's innings, and blazed away early on to keep the required rate within distance. A three-wicket over from Rahat changed the momentum somewhat, but Islamabad didn't let them build on that. A bright start to the evening for Qalandars, but it'll feel like more of the same right now.

19.2
6
Mohammad Hafeez to Faheem Ashraf, SIX runs, first tier over the midwicket boundary to finish! Length ball fired at middle, backs away and clears the boundary easily with a pull
19.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Faheem Ashraf, no run, length ball fired at a length on middle stump. Drives to mid-off's left. AB dives to stop

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs | IU: 171/5 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 1.00)

  • Faheem Ashraf17 (9b)
  • Asif Ali36 (19b)
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi4-0-45-0
  • Rahat Ali4-0-29-4

Anyone still hoping for a Lahore win? Would be among the greatest overs in T20 history. Hafeez will try to bowl it...

18.6
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem Ashraf, 1 run, low full toss at leg stump, looks to drive straight, gets it to fine leg off the inside edge

Wasi: "Only if Asif and Faheem could perform like this for Pakistan too."

18.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 run, length outside off, drilled to long-off's left
18.4
6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, SIX runs, just clears the boundary at long-on. Slower ball at a good length, outside off. Full swing of the bat and not completely in control of the timing, but there was enough power to clear the fence despite the extra elevation
18.4
1w
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 wide, full and down leg side, lets it pass

Islamabad Un 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st45L RonchiRizwan Hussain
2nd0L RonchiCS Delport
3rd4CS DelportPD Salt
4th55CS DelportHussain Talat
5th14Asif AliHussain Talat
6th59Asif AliFaheem Ashraf

Pakistan Super League

TEAMMWLPTNRR
PZ1073140.828
QG1073140.376
IU1055100.127
KK105510-0.673
MS103760.173
LQ10376-0.837