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Twitterati goes bang as Islamabad clinch PSL opener against Lahore Qalandars

Islamabad United clinch a five-wicket victory over Lahore Qalandars in the opening fixture of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. 

Asif Ali’s late six-laden cameo in a difficult run-chase helped Islamabad United defeat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the opening match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League at the Dubai International Stadium.

Earlier, Islamabad United won the toss and opted to field first, Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar opened the innings for Lahore Qalandars.

After sizing up his prey in the first few overs, Zaman went after Patel in the fourth over, first smacking the first six of PSL 2019 before following it up with a boundary the very next ball.

In the same over Akhtar showed his strike partner that he too can hit it long as one sailed over the long on boundary. Patel’s over went from bad to worse when he dropped Akhtar the very next ball.

The Qalandars lost their first wicket in the 11th over Akhtar (37 off 30) departed, following which AB de Villiers arrived at the crease.

Zaman’s blistering 44-ball 65-run knock came to an end in the 14th over. De Villiers hit a six and a couple fours but couldn’t last the entire innings. His 24-run innings ended in the 16th over.

A flurry of wickets had clearly affected the Qalandars’ momentum in the second half of their innings but they still managed to post 171 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets.

Islamabbad United chased down the target 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.

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