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Irfan, Haddin end Lahore's campaign

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

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19 | 15 Runs | IU: 151/5 | RR: 7.94

  • Misbah-ul-Haq38 (19b)
  • Azhar Mahmood12 (9b)
  • Ajantha Mendis3-0-31-0
  • Dwayne Bravo4-0-32-0

11.50pm And there you have it. Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will play the First Qualifying Final on Friday, and Islamabad United will play Karachi Kings in the Second Qualifying Final on Saturday. Do tune in for those games, and keep sending in your comments. Until then, good night!

Misbah-ul-Haq: "Now, for the first time, we have won a couple of games together, and that's a really good sign going into the knockout stage. It has given us some belief. I was really feeling difficult to run, because of my calf strain. We still had some batsmen left in the dugout, so I was pretty sure [we could pull it off]. I got the start, and I just cashed in. The top order really played well, Haddin played well. And the way we started with the ball. Irfan was special, and Rumman Raees bowled a good spell. The first thing in [knock-out] matches is to go out and believe in yourself, have self-belief. Putting yourself under pressure is not going to help you."

Azhar Ali: "It's disappointing we couldn't go through to the playoffs. We tried our best. We are here because of our own mistakes. Winning the toss is not in our control, but we didn't field well in the tournament, dropped a few catches, and as a result we lost a few matches. For every team, it's the first event, and a learning thing for us, and hopefully we will learn from this. We played two or three very close games, we could have got over the line. Yesterday's game also, but that's how it is - you don't win, you don't win."

Mohammad Irfan is the man of the match. "I had some difficulties in the first few matches. I discussed it with Wasim [Akram] bhai, and he told me to stick to my natural length. Right now, I'm 100 per cent fit, and I hope to keep performing in the matches to come."

Hamza M.: "The reason Lahore's bowling was so weak was because they didn't get any replacements for Yasir Shah and Mustafizur."

Waseem Sarwar: "What was the purpose of playing Cooper if you weren't going to bowl him?"

Shahid Bawany: "Why was Adnan Rasool in the team if he didn't bowl a single ball?"

11.30pm A couple of run-outs in the middle to offer the illusion of hope to Lahore, but Islamabad United have won this easily in the end. Misbah came out with a clear mind and struck the ball quite beautifully towards the end. Good knocks from Haddin and Latif too. Lahore Qalandars will end this inaugural season at the bottom of the PSL table. Their bowling simply lacked teeth, and they seemed especially short of options today with Mendis having quite an off day. Karachi Kings sneak through into the playoffs.

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, sees Misbah stepping across the stumps and floats it wide of off stump. Looks for that sweep again, and the top edge runs away for four, to the left of short third man
Mendis to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, on the pads now, worked away to the left of short fine leg
Mendis to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR runs, floated up wide of off stump and that is flat-batted with a vengeance, not too far to the right of sweeper cover, but hit so hard he had no chance
Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and wide outside off, slog-swept to deep midwicket
Mendis to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, full on middle and leg, chipped in the air, on the bounce to long-off
Mendis to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR runs, short, wide, slapped, and that races away into the gap between short third man and backward point


Islamabad Un 2nd innings Partnerships

1st13DR SmithSharjeel Khan
2nd11BJ HaddinSharjeel Khan
3rd69BJ HaddinKhalid Latif
4th26BJ HaddinMisbah-ul-Haq
5th7Misbah-ul-HaqAsif Ali
6th25Azhar MahmoodMisbah-ul-Haq

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