Islamabad United Crushes Lahore Qalandars in Dominant PSL 9 Opener
Islamabad United Crushes Lahore Qalandars in Dominant PSL 9 Opener

The ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off with a bang in Lahore on Saturday, February 17th, as Islamabad United thrashed the defending champions Lahore Qalandars by 8 wickets. Captain Shadab Khan led the way with a brilliant all-round performance, guiding his team to victory with ease.

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Dominant Bowling Display: Islamabad United put on a clinical bowling performance, restricting the Qalandars to a meager 134 runs. Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three wickets for just 17 runs. Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Hasan Ali chipped in with two wickets each to dismantle the Qalandars’ batting lineup.

Shadab Khan Shines: Chasing a low target, Islamabad United wasted no time. Shadab Khan took control of the innings from the start, smashing a quickfire 52 runs off just 32 deliveries. He found able support from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (32) and Asif Ali (24) as the duo ensured a smooth chase and sealed the victory with 8 overs to spare.

Key Moments:

  • Faheem Ashraf’s early double strike put Islamabad in control.
  • Shadab Khan’s all-round brilliance proved decisive for Islamabad.
  • The Qalandars’ batting faltered, failing to capitalize on any partnerships.
  • Islamabad chased down the target comfortably, losing only two wickets.

This comprehensive victory sets the tone for Islamabad United in the tournament. The Qalandars, meanwhile, will have to bounce back quickly if they want to defend their title. The PSL action continues with Peshawar Zalmi facing Quetta Gladiators on Sunday, February 18th, in Karachi.

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