Due to the impressive batting of Luke Ronchi, Islamabad United defeated Lahore Qalandars by six wickets and named the title of the fourth victory. While, after losing six consecutive victories in Lahore, Lahore Qalandar has gone out of a playoff. In the match played in Dubai, Islamabad captain, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bowl first in the first innings, which proved to be wrong in the beginning.
Lahore Qalandars once again tried a new pair for the opening, and this time Anton Devcich and Fakhar Uz Zaman started the inning, and this decision proved to be perfect. Both the players provided a good batting while delivering their team 56 runs, Fakhar proudly returned to Pavilion after making 34 runs with two fours and two sixes.
But Devcich made the best batting performance with the help of Aagha Salman, and let their team completed the century in the 11th over. On the occasion, Lahore Qalandar’s team was getting 170-180 runs, but after the Aagha Salman’s wicket and match changed as Dinesh Ramdin was on the wicket.
West Indies keeper-batsman dismissed the team’s big score while batting with very slow and his slow betting could be gauged that in the mid-eight overs, Lahore Qalandars didn’t cross its century. For that reason, it seemed very difficult to get 150 runs overall.
After all, in the first innings of 20 balls of Ramdin finished, the Qalandars took a long breath and in the same over, Fahim Ashraf also eliminated Devcich innings, which made 42 balls for 62 runs. McCullum took the aggressive style as the fifth-innings batsman came and played a vital role in reaching out to his team by playing 33 runs in 12 balls. Lahore Qalandars made the score for 163 runs at the loss of eight wickets in the overs, which is their highest score in the season.
In pursuit of the target, JP Duminy and Luke Ronchi once again got their team a good start and set 47 runs, but dominated by Narine after making 21 runs. However, Ronchi’s aggressive batting from the other side continued, which took 84 runs for the second wicket with Shadab Khan, who came to a third place to get in the bat and took Lahore Qalandars out of the match.
Meanwhile, Ronchi scored half-century at 22 balls and crossed a record of fastest Umar Akmal in the event. Shadab Khan went out after 32 runs in the innings, while Ronchi’s batting was ended after making 77 runs by Narine. Despite falling one by one-wicket, Islamabad did not face any difficulty in reaching the target and they achieved victory before 14 balls with six wickets.
After this defeat, Lahore Qalandars’ team has been out of Pakistan Super League and will not be able to access the play-off. Luke Ronchi was declared the best player of the match on the best betting.