Asif Ali 75, Muhammad Musa’s three-for help Islamabad United complete come-from-behind win
After dominating the first ten overs of each innings, Qalandars conceded from advantageous positions in both innings.in Islamabad United Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 20 | PSL 6 Islamabad United defeated Lahore Qalandars by 28 runs with 152 for 7 (Asif 75, Iftikhar 49, Faulkner 3-19). At first, Islamabad United’s historic decision to bat after winning the toss appeared to be a bad idea.Against the Lahore Qalandars, their top five players scored just one point, and they were 20 for 5.
However, the game was turned around by a 123-run partnership for the sixth wicket.In his 75 off 43, Asif Ali countered with six fours and five sixes, and Iftikhar Ahmed played as Asif’s sidekick with 49.Together, they took out Rashid Khan and made a big score that their bowlers could defend.
Muhammad Musa, Shadab Khan, and Fawad Ahmed orchestrated a period of play during which the Qalandars lost seven wickets for 14 runs.Musa took three wickets, and Shadab and Fawad each took two, to secure a win that was ultimately very easy.
With the victory, United moved to the top of the PSL points table, tied with their night’s opponents in points, and achieved victory in a new way.And all of that without the assistance of Hasan Ali.
Faulkner and the pacers fire up It was supposed to be a long, hot afternoon for the Qalandars team after United chose to bat, especially since Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja had scored 137 runs in ten overs against the Quetta Gladiators.But Shaheen Afridi got a full ball to move away, which caused the opener to flick down the wrong line, and Khawaja was caught behind for a duck on the third ball of the match.Rohail Nazir was pinned lbw with a yorker the following ball, but Afridi overstepped and saved him.
However, Nazir was unable to take full advantage of his reprieve.In the second over, a delivery from James Faulkner that moved into him trapped him lbw.When Munro failed to select a cutter and attempted to defend the wrong line, Faulkner took another wicket with an lbw two overs later.
Faulkner’s military medium was given a third over, and Hussain Talat’s flick went straight to deep midwicket while Faulkner was still getting sideways movement.
In the seventh over, Haris Rauf, who took Afridi’s place as the first change, hit the first ball after a quick delivery that was aiming in had Shadab edging behind.Faulkner had three, Afridi and Rauf each had one, and the Qalandars were 20 for 5 after 6.1 overs.The Qalandars had recorded their highest-ever powerplay score in the previous game;They recorded their lowest score ever in this game.
The counterattack Despite the early blows, it remained a batting-friendly surface, as evidenced by Ifthikar and Asif’s clawing back with each passing over after Shadab’s wicket.
To end the Australian’s spell, Asif hit two fours off Faulkner and used Rauf’s speed to hit consecutive boundaries.After Asif cleared long-on for six runs, Ahmed Daniyal took the brunt of the attack. The batter then hit a flighted Rashid Khan ball for six more runs on his way to a 28-ball fifty in the 13th overin Islamabad United Vs Lahore Qalandars | Match 20 | PSL 6.
Up until now, Iftikhar was scoring at under run a ball, but in the 15th over, he switched gears.He scored United’s hundred after hitting Daniyal for a four, then deposited a full-toss and a slower ball off Rauf for consecutive fours.United had reached 135 for 5 with two overs remaining when Rashid and Daniyal combined to give up 82 runs and no wickets.
The bowler was hit for a six by Asif in Afridi’s 19th over, but a few balls later, he was hit for wicket after going too deep in his crease expecting a yorker, putting an end to their 76-ball stand of 123.However, United reached a respectable 152-7 thanks to his knock and Iftikhar’s 49.
After Akhtar leaves, Qalandars fall after Akhtar leaves. Sohail Akhtar led the Qalandars’ powerplay early in their 153-run chase, helping Mohammad Wasim score 11 runs in the first over.
After that, he walked repeatedly across his crease to investigate the fine-leg area between Ali Khan and Wasim.However, Shadab brought in Fawad for the final powerplay over, and when Akhtar failed to pick a googly, he struck off the last ball of the over.The Qalandars had scored 55 runs thanks to his 19-ball 34, but his dismissal sparked a massive collapse that the Qalandars were unable to stem.
A run-out of No.When they just needed to form another partnership after Akhtar’s wicket, Zeeshan Ashraf’s seventh over didn’t help.Shadab’s brilliant fielding near cover, on the other hand, sent Ashraf back.
Musa, who is usually expensive but has a habit of taking crucial wickets, then took two, one from Mohammad Hafeez who pulled to deep midwicket and the other from Dunk, who was caught behind, to tip the balance in United’s favor.Fakhar Zaman fell for a labored 37-ball 44, top-edging one to third man, and Musa added a third.
The assault on spin followed.Rashid was unable to pick Shadab’s googly because Tim David was out trying to clear his long-on.Faulkner was bowled through Afridi’s defenses by Fawad, who was thinking quickly from the opposing side.The Qalandars had truly lost their way at 100 for 9, and despite an entertaining stand in the tenth wicket, they were 28 runs short.In addition to the openers and No.11 Rauf, and no other Qalandars batter scored more than 10 runs.
Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Musa, James Faulkner, Lahore QalandarsIslamabad UnitedUnited vs. QalandarsPSL Asif Ali orchestrates a sensational victory for Islamabad United Islamabad United pulled off a memorable victory in a tie-breaking match in which they discovered new heroes at various points.After Islamabad United fell to 20/5 at one point, Asif Ali’s brilliant counter-attacking 43-ball 75 was the highlight of those performances.
Islamabad’s decision to bat for the first time in the PSL didn’t work out as planned.They were initially reduced to a bumbling mess in the powerplay due to the brilliance of Shaheen Afridi and James Faulkner.
Afridi consistently moved the ball and twice beat Usman Khawaja’s outside edge before nicking him behind in the first over.He might have had Rohail Nazir LBW off the following ball as well however for a no ball.However, Nazir was LBW in the subsequent over to Faulkner, becoming the first of his three victims, so he was unable to significantly alter that reprieve.
In the following over, Faulkner had Munro LBW with an incoming delivery and then saw Hussain Talat whip a ball straight to deep square leg.Islambad’s woes were made worse when Haris Rauf struck the first shot of his match with Shadab Khan nicking behind, resulting in a five-goal deficit shortly after the powerplay.
Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed joined hands at that point, and Asif Ali was happy to let go of the anchor and watch the fireworks from the other side.Ali immediately transitioned into counter-attack mode, scoring boundaries off Faulkner and Haris Rauf through offside to begin his innings.
He took it to the next level in the overs that followed, scoring sixes by lofting Ahmed Daniyal over long on and sweeping Rashid Khan.Ben Dunk was unable to gather behind the stumps when a ripping top spinner from Rashid Khan bounced up steeply to beat his charge, causing him to produce the same results several more times.Ali and Ahmed had already done enough to revive the innings, reaching a fifty after 28 balls.
In the fifteenth over of the innings, as Islamabad was now aiming for a big score, the latter switched gears.Ahmed took 33 off the next 20 balls after hitting 16 off his first 17 balls up until that point.Islamabad ended the innings with a competitive total of 152, which seemed unlikely at one point. This strong finish made it possible.
Lahore, on the other hand, did not let Islamabad capitalize on the momentum that the openers, Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar, who scored 55 on the powerplay, had given them.In the first over, Akhtar made his way into the innings by scoring two well-timed boundaries off a careless Mohammad Wasim Jr., while Zaman took his time before scoring consecutive boundaries off Muhammad Musa.
In addition to the 11 in the first over, Akhtar took 13 off it in his next over, continuing to make Wasim Jr. pay.When leg spinner Fawad Ahmed entered, he continued in the same manner, slashing and dabbing a few boundaries before missing a sweep to be LBW in the same over.After Zeeshan Ashraf was run out for one in the following over due to a mixup, Islamabad took advantage of another opening.
Mohamad Hafeez and Zaman briefly maintained the momentum before Musa struck twice in the 11th over, with Ben Dunk nicking behind and Hafeez caught at deep square leg.He then followed it up by having Zaman excessively gotten at third man in his next finished, bringing Islamabad thundering once again into the game.
Islamabad’s captain Shadab Khan also took control of the game, getting Tim David to top edge a slog sweep and Rashid Khan to miss a googly to reduce Lahore to a pitiful 99/7 in the same over.After a mix-up with Faulkner, it quickly turned 100/8 when Shaheen Afridi was run out for a duck.
When Haris Rauf’s last blows were stopped by a well-timed catch at the fence by Iftikhar Ahmed, Islamabad won by 28 runs and surpassed their night’s opponents for the top spot in the points table.
Brief Ratings: Asif Ali (75), Iftikhar Ahmed (49), and Islamabad United (152/7).James Faulkner (3-19) prevailed 124 to 124 over Lahore Qalandars (Fakhar Zaman 44; Mohammad Musa 3-18) by 28 runs was an impressive victory for Islamabad United, and they will take many positives with them into the future.While both teams are still in good positions in the points table, Lahore will be disappointed to lose from strong positions.The Peshawar Zalmis will face the Multan Sultans in the second match in a short amount of time.Switch tabs and take in more action.
Shadab Khan, the winning captain: I can’t blame the decision at the toss, even if it sometimes goes wrong. For the time being, cheers and goodnight.Asif Ali,
Player of the Match: “We were under pressure because we had lost five wickets, but I just went in with an aggressive mindset. We spoke with each other, and we wanted to just bat till the last over and get a good score on the board.”
Sohail Akhtar, Lahore Qalandars Captain:Their bowlers, Shadab and Fawad, deserve praise.Our middle order did not accept blame.We must improve our death bowling.We distributed 10-15 more runs.We formed a strong partnership in the beginning, but we faltered in the middle.We hope to succeed in the subsequent matches.We played, but we lost our confidence with the ball.
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