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PSL: Luke Ronchi, Asif Ali help Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi to lift 2nd title

first_imgLuke Ronchi’s 26-ball 52 helped Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday and become Pakistan Super League champions for the second time.Opting to bat first, Peshawar Zalmi lost three wickets within the first six overs and were struggling at 38/3. Then, Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson got together to stitch a 52-run stand for the fourth wicket before Hussain Talat removed Jordan for a 26-ball 36.And that was the opening of the floodgates for Islamabad. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals to keep a check on the run flow. Dawson anchored the innings and finished with a 30-ball 33 before falling in the 17th over. However, Wahab Riaz walked in slogged the bowlers around take Peshawar’s score to a fightbale 148/9 from their 20 overs. He remained not out on 28 off 14 balls, hitting four boundaries and one six in the process.Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up 3/25 from his four overs while Samit Patel and Hussain Talat picked up two wickets each.Coming into bat, Islamabad were off to a blinder. Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan hammered the bowlers all around the park and it looked like the match is going to be over within 15 overs. Ronchi raced away to his fifty before falling to Chris Jordan in the ninth over but the damage was already done.50 comes up for Luke Ronchi!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/g4JUpRIIqfadvertisementPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018Umaid Asif rthen emoved Chadwick Walton soon after and captain Jean-Paul Duminy fell eight balls later and Islamabad were reduced to 102/3 from 96/0.All eyes were on Farhan to carry on and win the match but Riaz had other plans. The left-arm pacer got the wicket of the settled opener and sent him packing for 44 from 33 balls. And all of a sudden it was a tough ask for Patel and Shadab from there. But Patel and Shadab were soon sent packing by Hasan and their trouble deepened.But, Asif Ali came out bashed 26 off 6 balls to guide the 2016 champions past the finish line and lift their second title. Ali hit three sixes in his innings.Faheem Ashraf scores the match-winning six for Islamabad United!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/u7GanoAfmgPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018last_img

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