LAHORE: The Islamabad United in a nail bitting contest beaten Lahore Qalandars by one wicket.
The day belonged to Mohammad Hafeez who smashed an unbeaten 98 from 57 balls. His blistering knock included seven 4s and an equal number of sixes.
Fakhar Zaman provided some support to the Lahore Qalandars by scoring 33 runs from 26 balls, hitting four boundaries from his innings. United’s Faheem Ashraf dismissed Wiese and Patel for 19 and 10 respectively to ensure none would build a solid partnership with Hafeez.
Lahore Qalandars set a daunting target of 183 for Islamabad to chase.
When it was time for the Islamabad United to bat, the team’s openers did not fare well. Ronchi and Munro were dismissed for 1 and 2 respectively. Shaheen Afridi dismissed Ronchi while Hafeez made short work of Munro to put Islamabad on the back foot.
However, Shadab Khan performed with the bat to lead Islamabad’s revival. He made 54 runs from 29 balls before Haris Rauf dismissed him.
Colin Ingram provided much-needed support to Shadab by contributing with an impressive 30 runs from 14 balls, hitting three sixes. Shaheen Afridi bowled exceptionally well by getting rid of Hussain Talat and Amad Butt for 5 and 8 respectively to ensure Lahore Qalandars were back in the game.