taken on the jump at long-on, and that's game over. A brilliant catch on the edge of the boundary in a tense situation. That was a full delivery on off, which Haris saw as a golden opportunity to swing for six, but he doesn't get it off the middle. And after those crucial runs, Ifthikar leaps on the fence to finish off the game for his side
That's it from us from the first of the two PSL matches today. But don't forget to catch the action live as the Multan Sultans face the Peshawar Zalmi soon. It was a wonderful game of cricket first up, and on behalf of Sreshth and Ranjith, it's me Himanshu signing off. Good night, and take care.
Shadab Khan, the winning captain: "We never thought that we shouldn't have batted first after we were 20 for 5. Cricket is a funny game, and we saw the comeback we made today."
Asif Ali, as should have been, is the Player of the Match: "Conditions were difficult and we were under pressure. We wanted to bat deep, and that's what I told my partner [Ifthikar] too."
And Sampath from the stats team has this nugget: Just the seventh time in T20 history that a team has won despite their top five batters collectively scoring less than 20 runs. Only the Mumbai Indians and the Islamabad United have done it in franchise leagues.
Baig : "Excellent come back by IU and excellent ball by ball commentary.... " --- Our pleasure, Baig.
fatima: "unbelievable! take a bows united , take a bow captain!! for making this impossible to possible. What a turnaround!!"
Here's Sohail Akhtar after the loss: "Credit to their bowlers Shadab and Fawad. We need to take responsibility for such matches. We conceded 15-20 extra runs, and then the middle order didn't click for us. We played well, but have got a blow now. Nothing can be worse, and we hope we can only get better."
8.50pm What a sensational comeback by Islamabad United here. They were 20 for 5 with the bat, and posted 152. Then the Qalandars were 86 for 2, and they crumbled to 124 courtesy of the United bowlers. Huge credit to Asif and Ifthikar, and then Musa, Fawad and Shadab to pull it United's way.
fuller and on the pads while angling away, he misses the flick. But the batters can sneak in a single. Half an appeal for lbw from the bowler, but that was way down leg
30 needed from 12. Fancy a late drama, anyone?
yorker length on off, and almost a Dhoni-like helicopter there from the batter. Just that the ball only lobs off his pad straight back but far enough for a single
Shadab has a word with Wasim now
slower ball on off, and on a full length. Goes for the heave again, but can only get that mistimed to long-on
and rammed back over the bowler's head this time. Fuller ball on off, Haris is deep in his crease and gets that right off the screws to dispatch for another six
sliced away over extra cover. Some late entertainment here, as Wasim goes full and wider outside off and Haris swings his bat to send that all the way
fuller on off, and a slower ball. Haris swings his bat, but is beaten by the slowness of the delivery
short ball first up and just outside off. The batter goes for the upper cut, but misses
Wasim is back
Haris afridi: "Man of the match himanshu" --- I'll take that.
goes for the slog, and the ball lands on the bounce to long-on. Fawad went on a good length on middle, and the balls seemed to turn into the batter as he played that heave
full on off, and drilled down to long-off
goes for the heave, but that's edged to third man. That was flighted wide of off, and the batter's edge means Asif Ali has to give the chase
down the track to this full ball on middle and off, comes off the inside half of the bat to short midwicket though
flighted ball and full on middle, turning into the batter, who goes for the sweep but that hits his back pad
short of length on middle, turns away and defended off the back foot
Taimoor: "Ishtiaq Sarwar: I have noted your statement earlier. Islamabad snatched the game during batting come back."
flatter, fuller and wider outside off. Turns away, and the batter is happy to let that go
quicker and shorter on middle and off. Defended off the back foot
Slip in now
edged and four to third man. Legspinner pitched just outside off, turns away and takes the edge from the drive
googly that pitches on off on a full length. The batter gets an inside edge as he defends, and there's nearly a run-out at the non-striker's end
slower and full outside off, left alone
full on middle and leg, and turns away late. Defended back
SHamza: "At this point it's Sreshth's Lahore vs Himanshu's Islamabad" --- So there's a clear winner there then.