PSL 2019

PSL 2019 Match 27: Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars (Post-Match)

PSL 2019: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Post

 

In the 27th match of PSL-Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars, multiple records get shattered as Islamabad’s 238 proves too much for Lahore.

Match Report

CRICKET HAS COME HOME!

PSL finally returned to Pakistan with the matches being held at National Stadium Karachi. The pitch looked a belter for batsmen and the boundaries were also brought closer in what promised to be a very high scoring encounter. Both the teams were coming on the back of losses and it was a must-win game for Lahore as well as Islamabad. Lahore won the toss and chose to bowl first.

1st Innings: Shaheen Strikes!

First ball of the first match of PSL 2019 in Pakistan, in front of his own people – Shaheen bowls Ronchi out!

Luke Ronchi, who has been in great form, was back in the dugout before he could even know. Shaheen struck on the very first ball of the match as Ronchi played a half-hearted drive and edged one to 1st slip. However, Islamabad got off to a start of their own as Delport took the bowlers to the cleaners. Lahore, however, responded back as Lamichhane got Salt for 10 who skied one for an easy catch.

Delport’s drop proves costly

Lahore got a chance to take the match by its neck when Delport, on 27, skied one in the cover region but Sohail grassed it. This catch drop proved very costly as Delport made a mammoth partnership of 118 runs with Chadwick Walton. The partnership included a massive 16 boundaries as Islamabad absolutely demolished any and every bowler put in front of them as Delport brought up his half ton.

The partnership was finally broken by Wiese when he knocked Walton’s middle stump but not before he had made a brilliant 48 off 30 balls.

TAKE A BOW ASIF!

Asif Ali looked like a man on a mission as he joined Delport. Scoring sixes for fun, he just smashed every ball as if he was playing a local match. Cameron Delport also didn’t hold back as the pair smashed a massive 88 run partnership from just 37 balls. Delport brought up the century, his the fastest ever in PSL while Asif Ali (55*-6 sixes) scored the joint fastest PSL half-century from just 17 balls. Delport (117*-19 boundaries) carried the bat as Islamabad finished with humongous 238/3 on the board.

 

Records Galore

Here is the list of records broken today:

  1. Highest PSL score of all time
  2. Most PSL sixes (16) in an innings
  3. Fastest PSL hundred (Cameron Delport, 49 balls)
  4. Joint-fastest PSL half-century (Asif Ali, 17 balls)
  5. Highest ever total in Karachi
  6. The most expensive spell in PSL (Shaheen Afridi, 62 runs)
  7. Least number of twos in a completed PSL inning (just one!)

2nd Innings: Fakhar’s Reply

In response, Lahore required a gargantuan effort and that is exactly what they got from Fakhar and Devcich. The pair took great advantage of the short boundaries, Fakhar hitting Musa for 26 in an over, as they brought up 51 in just 4.4 overs. Faheem got the breakthrough when he got Devcich, who played a poor shot and gave a simple catch to the cover fielder.

Faheem’s 6 wickets

However, after the first wicket fell, Lahore started losing wickets in quick succession. Fakhar (38) fell soon after as he miscued with the long-on taking a magnificent low catch. This was Faheem’s 2nd of the night as he went through the Lahore line-up. He got Haris Sohail for naught in the same over as he chipped one to Point.

Wessels was bamboozled by Shadab in the very next over as he went for 20. Sohail Akhtar and Wiese showed resilience as they put up a 50 plus stand but Wiese faltered for 12 as he couldn’t read a Rauman Raees off-cutter.

Sohail continued to dispatch the bowlers for big ones as he brought up a quick-fire half century, trying to make up for the dropped catch, but it wasn’t enough as wickets continued to tumble. Faheem was the pick of the bowlers as he completed his 6-wicket haul, picking up Agha Salman (3), Shaheen (1) and Sohail 75) along the way, Lahore falling 49 runs short.

Lahore all but eliminated

With this win, Islamabad qualifies for the qualifiers and what a might performance it has been, both with the bat and ball. As for the Qalandars, things could have been very different had Delport’s catch been taken. However, he made the most of it as Lahore fell, greatly narrowing their chances to qualify.

Moment of the Match

It’s hard to pick a single moment in a match that has seen it all, half-tons, tons, dropped catches, multiple records shattered. On a night where Delport made the fastest PSL century, Asif scored the joint fastest half-century, Faheem took a 6-wicket haul, the moment of the match has to be Delport’s very costly drop by Sohail that paved the way for Islamabad’s victory.

Player of the Match

Delport was given Man of the Match award for his amazing ton.

Up Next

Next match sees the Local boys, Karachi Kings, in action against Quetta Gladiators tomorrow.

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