The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is certainly an exciting addition to the country’s domestic competitions. As the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to shed some light on the encounters that were previously fought between different PSL franchises.
In the last edition of the PSL, the Lahore Qalandars were up against Islamabad United in the first match of the tournament at the Dubai Sports City in the United Arab Emirates.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 edition also witnessed a glitzy opening ceremony where superstars from almost every part of the country performed and played a key role in entertaining the crowd of Dubai.
Fawad Khan, the heartthrob of the Pakistani fans presented the official Pakistan Super League (PSL) anthem in front of the fans and the atmosphere was getting more engaging.
The First Match:
The defending champions Islamabad United were up against the Lahore Qalandars in the first match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019. The crowd was full at the Dubai Sports City and the fans were waiting for some fireworks from both sides. Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field first.
Lahore Qalandars were put in to bat by the United captain Mohammad Sami. Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar provided a breathtaking start for the Qalandars as they smacked the bowlers of Islamabad United to all parts of the ground during the first power-play.
The openers of Lahore Qalandars scored 97 in just 10.4 overs before Sohail Akhtar was caught behind by Luke Ronchi off Faheem Ashraf’s bowling. Akhtar scored 37 off 30 balls whilst Fakhar Zaman dominated the opening partnership and went on to score 65 off just 44 balls with three sixes and six fours.
AB de Villiers also made his Pakistan Super League (PSL) debut in that match and he scored a quick-fire 24 off just 17 balls with two fours and a six. After a brilliant opening partnership, the middle-order of Lahore Qalandars crumbled under pressure and the Islamabad United bowlers also made a terrific comeback in the match.
Lahore Qalandars could only manage to score 171-8 in their 20 overs. Faheem Ashraf took 2 wickets for Islamabad United and gave away just 24 runs in his 4 overs. Captain Mohammad Sami conceded 30 runs in 3 overs with just a single wicket to his name.
In reply, the Islamabad United batsmen took their time and played the ball on its merit in the first few overs. Luke Ronchi (27) and Rizwan Hussain (15) provided a decent start for the Islamabad United but their target was achieved by some individual brilliance of Hussain Tallat (37) and Asif Ali (36).
Cameron Delport also played a handy innings of 24 runs to play a crucial role in the United’s victory. After performing with the bowl in the 1st innings, Faheem Ashraf played a gutsy finishing knock of 23* off just 11 balls with two huge sixes and two fours. He was awarded man of the match for his all-round performance.
Rahat Ali of Lahore Qalandars took 4 wickets in his 4 overs spell giving away 29 runs. Other than Rahat, none of the Lahore Qalandars’ bowlers were good enough to compete and stop the Islamabad United batsmen from winning the first match of the tournament.