20th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), Feb 17 2016, Pakistan Super League
(19/20 ov, target 151)
Islamabad Un won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Islamabad United
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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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Scorecard summary
Lahore Qalandars150/5(20 overs)
Islamabad United151/5(19 overs)
Ehsan Adil1/22(4)
end of over 1915 runs
IU: 151/5CRR: 7.94 
Misbah-ul-Haq38 (19)
Azhar Mahmood12 (9)
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


end of over 188 runs
IU: 136/5CRR: 7.55 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 from 12b
Azhar Mahmood2 (5)
Misbah-ul-Haq33 (17)
Dwayne Bravo4-0-32-0
Ehsan Adil4-0-22-1
Bravo to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
slower ball outside off, driven to long-off
Bravo to Azhar Mahmood, no run
slower ball, full and close to off stump. Azhar looks to dab it towards point and gets a thin edge that drops short of the keeper
Bravo to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
full on leg stump, clipped away to the left of deep square leg
Bravo to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs
full-toss on the pads and that is a poor ball with fine leg in the circle. Misbah swivels at the hips and whips it away to the right of that fielder
Bravo to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs
shortish on off stump but not quite short enough to pull. Miscued it high in the air, and Zia, the man at deep square leg, is on his heels and late to come in off the rope. Maybe he was expecting someone else to be calling for that catch. The ball lands a few feet in front of him and to his right
Bravo to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
full on off stump, driven back firmly, hits the stumps at the other end. Bravo reached out, didn't get his fingertips to it. Otherwise, the non-striker was well out of his crease

Who will bowl these last three overs? Adil and Zia have bowled out. Bravo will bowl this one.

Usman : "Two 40+ dudes going at it! Love it!"

end of over 172 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 128/5CRR: 7.52 • RRR: 7.66 • Need 23 from 18b
Misbah-ul-Haq26 (13)
Azhar Mahmood1 (3)
Ehsan Adil4-0-22-1
Dwayne Bravo3-0-24-0
Ehsan Adil to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
fullish on off stump, clipped to long-on
Ehsan Adil to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run
on the pads now, clipped away to the left of deep square leg
Ehsan Adil to Azhar Mahmood, no run
full on off stump, another dot ball, driven straight to short extra cover

Two dot balls and a wicket so far.

Ehsan Adil to Azhar Mahmood, no run
length ball outside off, leans across to dab to backward point

Azhar Mahmood is in at No. 7.

Ehsan Adil to Asif Ali, OUT
low full-toss on middle and leg, and Asif shuffles across and misses the flick. Hits low on the front pad, and that looked plumb at first glance. Hit in line with middle and leg, and would have clipped the edge of leg stump according to ball tracking
Asif Ali lbw b Ehsan Adil 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Ehsan Adil to Asif Ali, no run
full outside off, jabbed to extra cover
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossIslamabad United , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League 2016
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Irfan
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-16.20, Interval 16.20-16.40, Second Session 16.40-18.10
Match days17 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)
Joel Wilson
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Shozab Raza
Reserve Umpire
Ahmed Shahab
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsIslamabad United 2, Lahore Qalandars 0