And that's goodbye from the comm box. I Anurag Singh bid adieu on the behalf of my partners Vikhyat and Arjun. Stay tuned for the second match coming in less than an hour.
Shadab Khan: A decision is a final decision and if we had lost the game, I wouldn't have blamed the toss. But it was great to come back from difficult situations and win this match.
Asif Ali: The conditions were tough and it was a lot of pressure. I told my partner to go till the last over and play our shots and we did it easily.
Safe hands of the match awards goes to Iftikhar Ahmed and a cheque of PKR 400,000
Asif Ali gets the Player of the Match award and a cheque of PKR 750,000
Sohail Akhtar: Credit to their bowlers, Shadab and Musa. I thought Shadab was world-class. Our middle-order didn't take responsibility. We need to work on our death bowling. We gave away 10-15 runs more. We got a good opening partnership but lost our way in the middle. Hopefully, we can do well in the next few matches.
Lahore Qalandars came out all guns blazing as they smacked the seam bowlers all over the park. Shadab who was relying on the pacers to do the task brought in the overseas leggie, Fawad Alam who scalped Sohail in his first over. Another quick wicket followed as Zeeshan made his way back to the pavilion after a horrible runout. From 86/2, Qalandars were 100/9 in the matter of overs. Musa who bowled the second over was brought in by Shadab to provide a breakthrough and he delivered in style. The young gun got rid of the middle-order as he scalped three crucial wickets in the middle overs and halted the flow of runs as well. The spinners from the other end did a wonderful job in deceiving the lower-order batsman as no one really got set and showed intent against a spiritful bowling attack of the Uniteds. Qalandars lost 7 wickets for just 14 runs and Iftikhar Ahmed plucked a terrific catch to put an end to Qalandar's chase. In the end, they were all out for 124 in 18.2 overs and they fall short of the target by 28 runs resulting in a pretty comfortable victory for Islamabad United.
At 20 for 5, Islamabad looked dead and buried, but Asif Ali led the counter-punch, with a superb career-best 43-ball 75. He was ably aided by Ifthikar Ahmed, who missed his half-century by a run, together they added 123 runs off 76 balls and has pulled their team back in the hunt. The Qalandars were top-class in the first six overs, but Rashid had a rare off-day. Faulkner and Shaheen started wonderfully for Qalandars, but Rashid - for a change - was taken to the cleaners by the set pair, who've given their bowlers a good enough total to defend on a slow track.
And that’s the end of Lahore Qalandar’s innings and they fall short of the target by 28 runs. It has been a terrific turnaround by Islamabad United snatching this game from the pockets of Qalandars. An impressive display of all-round performance by the Uniteds. They showed character and spirit as they earn a well-deserved victory.
c I Ahmed b A Khan
18.2 A Khan to H Rauf
W WICKET!!!! WHAT A CATCH! That was a million-dollar shot from Harris Rauf but Ahmed has plucked a billion-dollar grab in the air to end the late bloomer as Qalandars get ALLOUT on 124. Full and quick at the off and middle, the ball comes in a bit. However, Rauf was adamant to take the bowler on, he clears his front leg and heaves this one away to the deep mid-wicket boundary, but the fielder there holds his composure to take this one cleanly. Ahmed, who made the game earlier in the game, has pulled another masterclass to end the game.
18.1 A Khan to A Daniyal
1lb Full on the leg stump and Daniyal misses and gets on the pad as the ball seems in. Meanwhile, they sneak a leg bye
Mohammad Wasim Jr
17.6 Jr to A Daniyal
1 Nails a yorker this one, bowls at the off stump. Daniyal, standing deep in the crease, plays it over the bowler for a single as the man from mid-on cuts the ball. Qalandars need 30 runs in 12 remaining balls. The game is still alive!
17.5 Jr to H Rauf
1 Length ball, slows it up. Rauf does not get the timing right on this one and plays it to the leg side, gets a single
17.4 Jr to H Rauf
6 MAKE IT TWO NOW! MAXIMUMMM!!!! This one is huge. Fuller this time at the offstump line,the batter gets under it and slogs it over mid-off and she travels and clears the man at long-off too for a SIX!
17.3 Jr to H Rauf
6 MAXIMUMMM!!!! Rauf has sent it into the nightsky and she has got some legs. Good length ball outside the off stump, Rauf punches this one away clean over deep extra cover for a maximum. Top strike!
17.2 Jr to H Rauf
0 Back of a length outside off again, this one was a slower one and it beats Rauf on the swing and goes straight into the keeper's gloves
17.1 to H Rauf
0 Bangs it short outside off, Rauf tries to ramp it over the keeper but fails to make any connection with the fiery ball