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Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi to lift PSL 3 trophy in Karachi
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KARACHI
Islamabad United dominated with the bat and ball as they defeated defending champions Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets on Sunday to lift the trophy of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.
The highlight of the match was United opener Luke Ronchi’s rapid 52 of 26 deliveries, making Zalmi’s fighting total off 148 runs look relatively easy.
Peshawar pacers appeared to have brought their team back into the game in the late over as Islamabad wickets fell in quick succession, but some late hitting by Asif Ali helped United make it over the finishing line for the second time in the history of the tournament.
In the middle of the game Peshawar pacers brought their team back into the game after opener Luke Ronchi’s rapid half-century helped Islamabad close in on a 149-run target in the final match of the Pakistan Super League 2018 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
United opener Ronchi fired all cannons as he scored 52 of 26 deliveries, making Zalmi’s fighting total of 148 runs look relatively easy. But wickets in quick succession by the Zalmi bowlers brought the defending champions back into the game.
Ronchi was dismissed by Chris Jordan in the ninth over, while Sahibzada Farhan scored 44 before being sent back to the pavilion by Wahab Riaz.
Late blitz by fast bowler Wahab Riaz lifted Peshawar Zalmi to a fighting total of 148 runs against Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League final.
The tailender offered resistance to the JP Duminy-led team with his 28-runs off 14 balls innings, in which he scored four boundaries and one six to give a margin to the ‘Men in Yellow’ bowlers.
Second Innings
United’s opener Luke Ronchi made the 149-run target an easy chase for the team with his fiery 52 off 26 balls innings, which included four boundaries and five sixes.
The Kiwi batsman was dismissed on the team score of 96 runs, when Andre Fletcher took his catch on the ball of fast bowler Chris Jordan.
United wasn’t able to continue with the momentum staged by Ronchi due to back-to-back dismissals as where Chadwick Walton was dismissed by Umaid Asif on duck, skipper JP Duminy got out after scoring just two runs.
First Innings – United’s bowlers neutralised Zalmi batting firepower
Zalmi had troubled start as their key batsmen failed to deliver as per expectations.
Spinner Samit Patel gave an early breakthrough to the United by striking down in-form batsman Kamran Akmal on his very first over of the game.
Later in his second over, Muhammad Hafeez fell prey to his flight and gave an easy catch to the bowler on eight runs.
The next to be returning back to the pavilion was opener, Andre Fletcher, as the Windies batsman wasn’t able to time a flipper from Shadab Khan, leading the ball to hit pads in the line of wickets.
Hussain Talat ended innings of Chris Jordan and Saad Nasim on the respective scores of 36 and two runs.
Shadab Khan picked the prize wicket of Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy on the 15.4 overs of the game with his googly delivery, and on the very next delivery dismissed Umaid Asif after taking a review. Though the next batsman in, Hasan Ali, denied him from Hattrick.
United have made one change for the match as Chadwick Walton replaced opener Alex Hales.
PM Abbasi, Bilawal among notables witness PSL final at National Stadium
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, all four provincial governors, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, his two sisters Bakhtawar and Aseefa have reached the National Stadium Karachi to watch the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on Sunday.
After nearly 10 years, amidst high security and in the presence of a jam-packed crowd, Karachi is bracing itself for the PSL third edition’s final today.
Thousands of spectators have packed the stadium. More than 200 buses were providing transport services to the attendees.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah conducted an aerial inspection of the security set-up for the match. He also reviewed the parking and other facilities provided to spectators.



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