PSL 2018: Schedule
Match Basics

Match 18:
: Islamabad United versus Lahore Qalandars
Date: 8th March, 2018
Ground: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Umpires: : Tim Robinson, Aleem Dar
Toss won by: Islamabad United, elected to field first
Scorecard Summary

1st Team Play:
163/8 (20 Overs, RR: 8.15)


AP Devcich 62 runs off 42 balls, Brendon McCullum 33 runs off 12 balls, Fakhar Zaman 34 runs off 24 balls.

Bowling: Faheem Ashraf 3/32 in 4 overs, Shadab Khan 1/15 in 4 overs.

Target: 164 runs from 20 overs.

2ND Team Play: 164/4 (17.4 Overs, RR: 9.28)


Batting: Luke Ronchi 77runs off 41 balls, Shadab Khan 32 runs off 24 balls.

Bowling: Sunil Narine 4/28 in 4 overs.

Player of the match: Luke Ronchi

Result: Islamabad United won by 6 wickets.

Highlights & Analysis

  1. Lahore Qalandars were faced with only one option and that was to win this match against Islamabad United to stay alive in this tournament but the in-form batsman Luke Ronchi had other plans in his arsenal as he handed a sixth consecutive loss to Lahore Qalandars in this PSL while practically kicking them out of this tournament.
  2. The toss was won by Islamabad United who opted to field first. Lahore’s openers Fakhar and Devcich shared a 56-run partnership between them and laid a solid foundation for their team.  After this solid start Lahore missed the trick here by not sending their pinch hitter Sunil Narine at this stage of the game, or even Brendon McCullum who would have been a great option at this stage of the game.
  3. Anyways, after the openers laid down the grounds to make a big score in this match batsmen Agha Salman and Dinesh Ramdin managed to score only in single digits.
  4. The skipper, Brendon McCullum came and stabilized the score by hitting 33 off 12 balls, however all other batsmen including Lahore’s prime pinch hitter Sunil Narine were unable to score in double digits. This led to Lahore scoring a mere 163 in 20 overs.
  5. Islamabad’s bowlers did really well to restrict Lahore to 163. The highlights of their bowling were Faheem Ashraf who took three wickets for 32 while Shadab Khan spun the ball with both grip and turn and gave only 15 runs in his 4 overs while also getting a wicket as a reward for his efforts.
  6. Lahore Qalandars came onto the field, feeling pretty confident that they could end their losing streak this time however, Islamabad United especially Luke Ronchi in particular, was very unforgiving as he replicated his last innings by scoring another fifty to gave Islamabad a flying start.
  7. After Islamabad’s opener Duminy departed, Islamabad sent their pinch hitter Shadab Khan who shared an 87-run partnership with the New Zealander to rattle the already torn Lahore team. After the departure of these two batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Sahibzada Farhan finished things off in the 18th over to hand Lahore their 6th consecutive loss this season.
  8. Lahore Qalandar bowlers put in a mediocre performance except for Narine who took 3 wickets and went for only 28 runs in his 4 overs.
  9. Maybe it is time for Lahore to do a complete revamp of their team and to just win one match for the sake of their fans if not for themselves.


Lahore Qalandars

Islamabad United

BB McCullum (C)
Fakhar Zaman
Umar Akmal (WK)
Sunil Narine
Yasir Shah
Cameron Delport
Mustafizur Rahman
Sohail Akhtar
Aamer Yamin
Raza Hasan
Shaheen Shah Afridi

Misbah-ul-Haq (c)
Alex Hales
Sam Billings
Mohammad Hasan
Chadwick Walton
Rohail Nazir
Luke Ronchi
Amad Butt
JP Duminy
Hussain Talat
Samit Pate
Andre Russell
Shadab Khan
Faheem Ashraf
Samuel Badree
Steven Finn
Mohammad Sami
Rumman Raees
Zafar Gohar

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