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UNITED’S BRILLIANCE WALLOPS QALANDARS EFFORTS


PSL V has ended its first week run with a nail-biting match between Lahore Qalandars and the defending champions, Islamabad United. After winning the toss and opting to field first, Shadab Khan’s United failed to restrict Qalandars to a chase able target.

Qalanders batting first put up a total of 182. The veteran Mohammad Hafeez was the highlight of the innings, and he scored a blistering knock of 98*(57). His innings included seven fours and seven sixes. Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf grabbed two wickets each for Islamabad.

The second innings started, and all eyes were on Qalandars because of the high total they had put up for the United’s to chase and fans had expected them to defend it.

They started pretty well with Shaheen Shah Afridi taking down Luke Ronchi, who can be very dangerous at times in the very first over. Shortly, Colin Munro became a victim of Mohammad Hafeez in the second over and the United’s were 5-2.

The rest of the innings proceeded slowly with Lahore dominating and Islamabad struggling to achieve the mammoth total after losing two early and important wickets.

Shadab Khan lead his team from the front and scored a fine fifty of just thirty-two deliveries. Islamabad was aided by Dawid Malan and Colin Ingram to get Islamabad over the line. But Afridi’s deadly bowling was making it hard for them to win. He took down two wickets in the 15th over, and Islamabad was left 138-7 and was far away from success having no chance for them to win.

Their wickets were falling and fans had almost lost hope as there was only one wicket left, twenty runs to be scored and three overs left. On the crease, there were Saifi Abdullah and Muhammad Musa.
Musa being inexperienced but skilled made the unimaginable happen for Islamabad as he struck Afridi who was in hot form for two fours, and kept the hopes of his teammates and fans alive.

The last over was bowled by Usman Shinwari and he was struck for a maximum on the very first ball of the over. Islamabad required three runs, and Qalandars’ hopes were all diminished as the 18-year-old Musa took a single as he celebrated his team’s victory, putting an end to another thrilling match of the PSL.

 

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