Pakistan Super League 2016 February 17, 2016

Irfan, Haddin end Lahore's campaign

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Islamabad United 151 for 5 (Haddin 54, Misbah 38*) beat Lahore Qalandars 150 for 5 (Akmal 72*, Maqsood 57, Irfan 3-22) by five wickets
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File photo - Misbah-ul-Haq blasted 38 off 19 balls to take Islamabad home in 19 overs © Getty Images

A three-wicket haul from Mohammad Irfan and a brisk half-century from Brad Haddin set up Islamabad United's five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars in Dubai. Lahore, who had to win at all costs to stay alive in the tournament, had the ignominy of finishing rock bottom in the table; Karachi Kings, despite losing earlier in the day, qualified to the playoffs at Lahore's expense.

Having watched Karachi Kings succumb to a five-wicket loss to Peshawar Zalmi earlier in the day, Lahore knew that qualification was in their own hands. However, the team made the worst possible start in doing that after they were inserted, losing three wickets inside three overs. At 6 for 3, Lahore seemed down and out, but Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal counterattacked, stringing together a 97-run partnership off just 80 balls. Maqsood played the more steady foil, stroking 57 off 44 balls, while Akmal blasted a 49-ball 72 which featured five fours and three sixes. Their efforts lifted the team to 150 for 5. Irfan was the pick of the bowlers, ending with figures of 4-0-22-3.

Islamabad made a poor start of their own in reply, losing two quick wickets, but Haddin and Khalid Latif put the team back on track with a 69-run stand. Haddin was eventually run out for 54 off 42 balls, but he had already set the game up for his side. The captain Misbah-ul-Haq put the finishing touches, blasting a 19-ball 38 with seven fours to take Islamabad home in 19 overs.

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  •   Hasnain Ali on February 19, 2016, 14:38 GMT

    Love psl. i support zalmi in final.

  • Rjmaahii on February 19, 2016, 13:41 GMT

    Was supporting Qalandars but they got hit by the absence of Mustafez ur Rehman and yasir..loved watching umar taking responsibility and managment getting a lesson where he want to bat . lahore missed atrick by not picking Mukhtar in playing 1Q he is a strong hitter ...

  • ShAbii143 on February 19, 2016, 11:22 GMT

    PSL outcome is not bad so far, new faces(nawaz, asghar ,Bismillah khan and many more)Bismillah khan looking good/good player can hit hard and also can take single/double, i hope he plays good in rest of matches and PCB select him in future tour(Asia cup and t20).

  • rogiebone11 on February 19, 2016, 4:44 GMT

    Short comings of Lahore Qalandars: 1. Poor bowling attack with no clear leader of attack 2. Bad team combination, they couldn't find the right balance in the team (Coaches and management staff's responsibility) 3. Poor and inconsistent batting form of Gayle and co. 4. Captaincy was below par

  • Oneirodyne on February 19, 2016, 4:07 GMT

    @CRICKET_MASTER_MIND: Well any team on given day has a fair chance to win in T20s, don't they? Regarding Ind-Pak WC match, hold onto your thoughts, we'll see...

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on February 19, 2016, 3:28 GMT

    You had no Idea what PSL will do to Pakistan Cricket! BPL put Bangladeah kind of team on song. What about Pakistan you will see different Pakistan team in Asia Cup & WOrld T20 Now every player in Pakistan Team is Star of his own circuit. Every player will be much more confident. Mark my words you will see huge difference once Pakistan play international cricket. I am seeing India losing to Pakistan in India this time in World Cup to End their winning streak. Because now Pakistan got what was missing in the past. Confidence!

  • likeintcricket on February 19, 2016, 2:59 GMT

    One good thing about PSL is that now we can filter out potentially good players from the rest. Suhaib, Sharjeel and couple of other players are potentially good for the future. Azhar is not meant for captaincy and the future captain should be Sarfaraz.

  • ahmednaveed on February 18, 2016, 22:07 GMT

    A Kind Advice to Azhar Ali , If he want to save his future and future of Pakistan Cricket ,he should step down from Captaincy , he is not having even signle percent captaincy skill and he dont have these germs , he is not smart enough to lead ODI team at all , Please step down.

  • likeintcricket on February 18, 2016, 19:20 GMT

    Karachi is the weakest team but managed to qualify. I will be surprised if they win any other match. Lahore is the 2nd weakest side and these two sides need to make good changes next season.

  • still.hope.for.pakistan on February 18, 2016, 16:39 GMT

    Its really nice method for 4 teams,, loved it, i personaly feel icc should adopt this method in world cups event for a change..

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