Islamabad United won the 1st qualifier

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2018 | 0

Islamabad United has reached the qualifier round by holding the first position on the Pakistan Super League 2018 point table considering the group stage matches. They played total ten matches there and won highest seven times so far. Though opening in the season of PSL was not so good for United but they faced defeat at the opening time. But later, they regained their form and started to win the match. However, now at the first playoff match, Islamabad United won the 1st qualifier where the match was against Karachi Kings.

Islamabad United won the 1st qualifier

Karachi Kings is one of the top successful team in Pakistan Super league 2018 season and started the season very good. But at the middle of the season in group stage, they faced number of defeat but finally qualified for the playoff round. Along with Islamabad United and Karachi Kings, the rest two qualifiers are Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars are ruled out from the competition.

However, Karachi Kings won the last match against Islamabad United in group stage by seven wickets and in the meantime in playoff round Islamabad United took the proper revenge against Kings and won by huge difference.

Though, Karachi Kings still had a chance to qualify for the final if they could manage a victory in 2nd qualifier round. As one of the top two point holder team, they deserve it. On the other side, Islamabad United has qualified for the final of PSL 3 and it will be their 2nd time in final and has chance to win the title for 2nd time as well.

The first qualifier round was executed in 18th March, 2018 which was staged at Dubai International Stadium in UAE. Karachi Kings won the toss and decided to bat first which was so wrong decision for the team and they suffered for their decision.

Came to bat Karachi Kings did play complete 20 overs and scored 154 runs so far. Their top scorer was Colin Ingram who scored unbeaten 68 runs in 39 balls. With some big shots he made the score. Mohammad Sami took two wickets for United in the match.

Later, United came to chase the score and basically they played very destructively. In just 12.3 overs United reached the destination. They lost only two wickets where Luke Ronchi scored unbeaten 94 runs in 39 balls. He made several shots in the match. So, it was the largest victory in PSL history. Luke Ronchi was announced as the man of the match.

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