Lahore Qalandars won by a close contest against United

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 | 0

At the fourth match of ongoing Pakistan Super League or PSL, Lahore Qalandars faced against the current champion Islamabad United and United was regarded as the favourite as usual. But, the most unfortunate matter was happened again where Lahore got an amazing victory by six wickets. After facing a heart broken defeat in their first match against Quetta, Lahore was desperate to manage a victory and finally they tested the victory against the most powerful team in the tournament.

Earlier yesterday at the evening, United and Lahore faced against each other at Dubai Stadium where Lahore won the toss and decided to field first. According to the history of the ground, first batting team lost in maximum cases. Besides, chasing could be better for Lahore, they thought. So, Came to bat, United lost their seven wickets by scoring 158 runs in 20 overs. According to the match statistics, Lahore lost against Quetta by chasing 136 runs as well. So, 158 runs was pretty higher for Lahore Qalandars to chase. But, Qalandars successfully chased the score in 18.2 overs by losing just four wickets.

However, Islamabad made a good start with their top two openers Smith and Billings. Their partnership added 73 runs to the scoreboard. They scored 31 and 37 runs respectively. But later, excluding skipper Misbah, no players able to make two figure runs. Misbah scored highest 61 runs for the team with three boundaries and five over boundaries. As a result, United scored 158 runs in selected 20 overs by losing seven wickets so far. Elliott took four wickets highest for Lahore.

However, came to chase 158 runs, Roy and McCullum started the innings very well and they scored 38 runs in 2.3 overs. Their run rate was too high and United had the only way to make a breakthrough and they succeeded. McCullum was out in 38 runs but Roy stood strong till the last. He made partnership with Fakhar, Umar Akmal, Elliott and finally with Narine. So, they took their first victory in 18.2 overs with six wickets remaining.

So, playing two matches in the tournament, the both teams won one match each. Lahore will play their next match against Peshawar Zalmi and United will play against Quetta Gladiators.

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