Islamabad United crush Lahore Qalandars by 71 runs
LAHORE: Islamabad United easily defeated Lahore Qalandars by 71 runs in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)-2020 here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday night.
Chasing a huge target of 199 runs, the Qalandars were all out for 127 in 18.5 overs.
Only four batsmen could get into the double figures – Usman Shinwari (30), Ben Dunk (25), Salman Butt (21) and Mohammad Hafeez (10).
For the United, left-arm pacer Rumman Raees and left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar claimed three wickets each for 29 and 31, respectively, while captain Shadab Khan took two wickets.
Earlier, Islamabad United plundered a big score of 197 for the loss of only three wickets after being put into bat.
Luke Ronchi and Colin Munro provided a fine start with an opening wicket stand of 103 runs.
Colin Munro top scored with an unbeaten 87.
He struck eight fours and three sixes during his 59-ball innings.
Other major contributor was Luke Ronchi who made 48 off 31 balls with six fours and a six.
This was third victory for the United from six matches whereas the Qalandars suffered from defeat for the fourth time in five matches.
Teams Lahore Qalandars: CA Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, BR Dunk, Salman Butt, Sohail Akhtar, SR Patel, Muhammad Faizan, S Prasanna, Usman Shinwari, Salman Irshad, Dilbar Hussain
Islamabad United: L Ronchi, C Munro, Rizwan Hussain, CA Ingram, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, DW Steyn, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed.