result
1st Match (N), Dubai, Feb 14 2019, Pakistan Super League
(19.2/20 ov, target 172)177/5
United won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match
Faheem Ashraf
Islamabad United
2:35
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Islamabad United come from behind to win PSL opener

Regular breakthroughs didn't do it for Lahore Qalandars as Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali put on an unbroken 59 off 28 for the sixth wicket

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Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
Lahore Qalandars171/8(20 overs)
Islamabad United177/5(19.2 overs)

2am And that is it from the first evening of PSL 4! Superb skills on display all through the match and quite a bit of fireworks. See you soon!

Faheem Ashraf is the Man of the Match.

Usama Ali: "Regardless of who you were supporting, it's encouraging as a Pakistani fan to see Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali chase down a target together. Will be interesting in this whole tournament to see if players like them can improve like this, and later translate it internationally. "

Asad: "In all 3 previous seasons of psl in the first match of psl the team which lost their first game qualified for the final feeling for lahore"

Bilal: "Islamabad always finds a way of winning matches. One way or the other they will out the opposition down"

Mudassir Nadeem: "My goodness this Islamabad team has really strong bating lineup with shadab and patel still to come.."

Ilty: "I actually thought it was bad captaincy. He let a spinner bowl the 16th over and they just got into the zone against him. Then bowled Rahat at the wrong time who was bowling terribly by bowling length. Haris rauf should have been tried who's known to be good at the death."

1:41am This explains everything, doesn't it? Islamabad have won with four balls to spare thanks to a 59-run stand for the sixth wicket. And it took only 4.4 overs. This is why they didn't spend too much time trying to build the innings even when wickets fell quickly. They didn't need to. Samit Patel, 238 T20s - 28 fifties - at a strike rate of 125, didn't get a bat today. Neither did Shadab. And that is the story. They pulled it back late in Lahore's innings, and blazed away early on to keep the required rate within distance. A three-wicket over from Rahat changed the momentum somewhat, but Islamabad didn't let them build on that. A bright start to the evening for Qalandars, but it'll feel like more of the same right now.

19.2
6
Hafeez to Faheem, SIX runs

first tier over the midwicket boundary to finish! Length ball fired at middle, backs away and clears the boundary easily with a pull

19.1
Hafeez to Faheem, no run

length ball fired at a length on middle stump. Drives to mid-off's left. AB dives to stop

end of over 1911 runs
IU: 171/5CRR: 9.00 RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 from 6b
Faheem Ashraf17 (9)
Asif Ali36 (19)
Shaheen Shah Afridi4-0-45-0
Rahat Ali4-0-29-4

Anyone still hoping for a Lahore win? Would be among the greatest overs in T20 history. Hafeez will try to bowl it...

18.6
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem, 1 run

low full toss at leg stump, looks to drive straight, gets it to fine leg off the inside edge

Wasi: "Only if Asif and Faheem could perform like this for Pakistan too."

18.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 run

length outside off, drilled to long-off's left

18.4
6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, SIX runs

just clears the boundary at long-on. Slower ball at a good length, outside off. Full swing of the bat and not completely in control of the timing, but there was enough power to clear the fence despite the extra elevation

18.4
1w
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 wide

full and down leg side, lets it pass

18.3
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem, 1 run

full on middle stump, driven to long-on

18.2
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 run

This is sweetly struck. Overpitched just outside off, drilled straight past his feet. Long-off had to be quick to his right

18.1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, no run

full outside off, driven straight to extra cover

Stays around the wicket. 12 off 12.

end of over 1816 runs
IU: 160/5CRR: 8.88 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Asif Ali28 (15)
Faheem Ashraf15 (7)
Rahat Ali4-0-29-4
Shaheen Shah Afridi3-0-34-0

Tariq: "@Hadi: It's weekend in UAE."

saqib: "i am a die hard fan of qalandars and i dont want islamabad to win but i do want asif faheem and shadab to perform"

Zeenia: "Excuse me! What's going on here?! Like how and why and nooo plzz.... U can't do this to us Lahore!!!"

17.6
1
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, 1 run

slower short ball outside off, looks to pull, inside edge onto body and trickles into the leg side

Ziyad Jameel: "Man, Devcich just dropped the game!"

17.5
2
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, 2 runs

short of a length on leg stump, flicks to short fine's left. Shaheen dives and misses. And the clutches his left bicep

17.5
1w
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, 1 wide

full and very wide. Can't keep up the streak. No chance that batsman can hit this

17.4
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, no run

yorker tailing away outside off. Can't get bat on this

17.3
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, no run

slower ball at a length just outside off. Misses on the pull this time

17.2
6
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, SIX runs

pummeled over midwicket! Short of a length, slower ball at leg stump. Behind the line and smash! Simple as it gets

17.1
6
Rahat Ali to Asif Ali, SIX runs

almost gets the fifth! But Devcich can't hold on with a sensational effort at long-off. Offcutter, at a length outside off. Slammed on the up, flat. Devcich leaps and parries it over the rope. Tries to drag it back into play but he can't quite manage it

Hadi: "Its almost 1:30am!!! 2:30 in Pak. Should be a crime having matches at this hour regardless of weekend"

end of over 179 runs
IU: 144/5CRR: 8.47 RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 from 18b
Faheem Ashraf15 (7)
Asif Ali13 (9)
Shaheen Shah Afridi3-0-34-0
Yasir Shah4-0-30-0

Ahsan Butt: "That late mess that LQ created in their innings is going to cost them this game."

16.6
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem, no run

inswinging yorker at leg stump. Can't do more with that than hitting it onto his own boot

16.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, 1 run

short of a length on middle stump, mistimed uppish pull to midwicket

16.4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, no run

yorker just outside off, past the outside edge as he looks to jam it to third man

Saran: "Good to see Faheem back in bit of form with bat,needed badly both in PSL and in national side"

16.3
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

to the long leg boundary. Short ball at off. Shuffles, uses the pace and the angle into him to lift this behind square

Best performances - batters
Fakhar Zaman portrait
Fakhar Zaman
65 runs (44)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
on drive
22 runs
0 four
2 sixes
4274221808
Sohail Akhtar portrait
Sohail Akhtar
37 runs (30)
4 fours
1 six
Control73%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 four
0 six
233428114
Best performances - bowlers
Rahat Ali
Rahat Ali
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
4
ECO
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Faheem Ashraf portrait
Faheem Ashraf
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
2
ECO
6
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossIslamabad United, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Faheem Ashraf
Faheem Ashraf
Match days14 February 2019 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan Image
Rashid Riaz
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
PointsIslamabad United 2, Lahore Qalandars 0