1st Match, Dubai (DSC), Feb 9 2017, Pakistan Super League
(17.4/18 ov, target 173)175/3
United won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
73 (39) & 2 catches
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Haddin, Smith fifties power Islamabad to win

Brad Haddin struck 73 off 39 balls to power defending champions Islamabad United to a seven-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi on the opening night of PSL 2017

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Peshawar Zalmi190/9(20 overs)
Islamabad United175/3(17.4 overs)
Brad Haddin73 (39)
Dwayne Smith55 (49)
Chris Jordan1/30(3.4)
Hasan Ali1/33(4)

1.40am Didn't think we'd get to a finish tonight, but we have. What a chase this has been from Islamabad United. Credit to Brad Haddin and Dwayne Smith to steer this chase into the home stretch before Shane Watson saw them through with a sprightly cameo at the end. Some of the bottom-handed shots he played were simply sensational. Peshawar Zalmi have themselves to blame. They should have never got less than 220, but a collapse after Kamran Akmal's exhilarating 88 meant the target was well within reach. Rain reduced the game by two overs. And we're finally through. Peshawar Zalmi will be back on the field in less than 24 hours. Phew, good luck to them. Hope you enjoyed the coverage, folks. I'm back again for the second game on Friday. Until then, it's goodbye. Cheers!

Brad Haddin is the Player of the Match for his 39-ball 73.

This is Islamabad United's sixth successive win. Haddin has four fifties in them. Really, he's retired? The Australians, who are about to play four Tests in India, wouldn't mind having him in the squad!

Jordan to Billings, FOUR runs

pulled into the gap, signs off with a boundary! Crunched that into the gap superbly. First win of PSL 2017 belongs to defending champs Islamabad United

Plenty of chat between both batsmen. Dean Jones, their head coach, is tensed too. Billings unhappy with movement behind the sightsceen

Jordan to Billings, 2 runs

steered into the gap at deep extra cover, easy two there

Prashanth: "Dear commentator, do you have work tomorrow?" Who says this is work? #Passion

Jordan to Watson, 1 run

slashed to point, they steal a run. Good stop there but Billings was halfway through the run when Watson took off. Watson wasn't running to the danger end and so was happy to get across anyway

Jordan to Billings, 1 run

into the blockhole, squeezed to long-on. Sensible from Billings

Jordan to Billings, 1 wide

starts off with a poor delivery down leg. May have been distracted by Billing's movement outside the line of off stump.

Things could yet get interesting. Jordan has been seen as a death overs specialist in recent times. He's proved himself too. Will have seven to defend. First ball to his England team-mate, who he spent plenty of time together in India very recently

end of over 1719 runs • 1 wicket
IU: 166/3CRR: 9.76 RRR: 7.00
Shane Watson25 (12)
Junaid Khan 4-0-52-1
Hasan Ali 4-0-33-1
Junaid to Smith, OUT

dolly of a catch to long-on. What was the need to look for an ugly hoick, you must ask. Smith looks to back away and slog across the line but it was a slower delivery and so he's completely deceived by the change in pace. Was through with the stroke, which he checked at the last moment, as the ball lobbed to the fielder. He's played well though, a half-century during the course of two important partnerships

Dwayne Smith c Jordan b Junaid Khan 55 (49b 8x4 1x6) SR: 112.24
Junaid to Smith, no run

looks to slash over point but was cramped for room, beaten

Junaid to Watson, 1 run

doesn't get hold of the pull as well as he would have liked this time, down to wide long-on

Junaid to Watson, FOUR runs

this time he pitches short, Watson is waiting for it as he pulls him in front of square, one bounce into the deep midwicket boundary

Junaid to Watson, SIX runs

comes back to over the wicket, but the result is the same. Another full toss, another swing across the line. This time it's over long-on. Poor from a man of Junaid's experience. Surely that's that as far as the game is concerned?

Junaid to Watson, (no ball) SIX runs

Terrible, terrible delivery. Full toss over the waist, umpire had his hand out even before the shot was played. Watson sees the opportunity and biffs this into the stands at deep midwicket. Is that the turning point? Islamabad into the home stretch

Junaid to Smith, 1 run

low full toss on middle from around the stumps, pushed to long-off

Nabeel: "It's getting tense now. Keep Jordan for last over."

end of over 168 runs
IU: 147/2CRR: 9.18 RRR: 13.00
Dwayne Smith54 (46)
Shane Watson8 (8)
Hasan Ali 4-0-33-1
Daren Sammy 3-0-25-0
Hasan Ali to Smith, 1 run

drilled to long-off. What punch and timing

Hasan Ali to Watson, 1 run

looks to hoick this across the line over cow corner, gets a thick inside edge onto the pad, ball deflects to the off side

Hasan Ali to Watson, no run

play and a miss. Looks to carve this over cover, but played too late.

Hasan Ali to Smith, 1 run

yorker-length delivery, turns out to be a low full toss that has been squeezed to long-on

Hasan Ali to Smith, FOUR runs

scythes this into the gap between deep cover and long-off. Stand and deliver. Too full and he got underneath the line to muscle that away

Hasan Ali to Watson, 1 run

into the blockhole, squeezed to long-off

Hasan Ali

end of over 1514 runs
IU: 139/2CRR: 9.26 RRR: 11.33
Dwayne Smith48 (43)
Shane Watson6 (5)
Daren Sammy 3-0-25-0
Chris Jordan 3-0-21-1

Strategic time out

Sammy to Smith, FOUR runs

length ball down leg, Smith gets across and helps it to the left of short fine leg. Poor, poor bowling this. Easy pickings

Sammy to Smith, no run

yorker-length delivery down leg, looks to flick but can only get some pad on it. Sammy runs to his left quickly, picks the ball up and hurls a throw at the striker's end. Smith was miles outside his crease and would have been run-out had that hit

Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossIslamabad United, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin
Match days09 February 2017 - day (20-over match)
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Ahsan Raza
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Rashid Riaz
Reserve Umpire
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Asif Yaqoob
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
PointsIslamabad United 2, Peshawar Zalmi 0