Islamabad Vs Lahore Match 1 Result PSL 2019
Islamabad won the toss and elected to field first in the 1st match of HBL PSL 2019.
The starting of HBL PSL with defending champion faces of the Qalandars, like every season, Qalandar does not shows the quality play, this time it happens again when batting first. No doubt, the openers played a blistering knock. Fakhar Zaman smashed 65 runs in 44-ball including 3 massive sixes and six boundaries. While his opening partner added 37 runs in 30-ball. With a blistering start by the openers, the Lahore Qalandar again collapsed but still managed a total of 171-8. The opening stand of 97 runs was provided by the openers, as AB de Villiers who is playing is his first HBL PSL season was the hot trend, as after struggling at first he managed to smash two boundaries but after that tried to hit a six, he lost his wicket when Phil salt took a stunner catch. AB hit 24 runs in 17-ball.
Chasing down the target of 172 runs, Islamabad United managed to chase it down with 4 balls to spare. The amazing knock by Asif Ali scored 36 runs in 19 balls including 3 sixes and two boundaries. Asif Ali cleared the path of victory with his blazing knock. Whereas Faheem Ashraf smashed a winning six over mid-wicket area and shatters the dreams of Lahore Qalandars again. Hussain Talat made 37 of 30-ball including 3 fours and a six.
Left-arm pacer Rahat Ali showed his bowling skills, he took 4 wickets in his 3 over spell and conceded only 13 runs buy all in vain. Shaheen Shah Afridi was too much expensive in that match as he conceded 45 runs in 4 overs. Mohammed Hafeez said that they can get over 190 but they lost the momentum because of losing wickets at the crucial time that cost a match to them. He added that Islamabad United bowled so well in the depth over to retain us up to 171 runs.
Man of the Match:
Islamabad won by 5 Wickets with 4 balls to spare is just because of the Faheem Ashraf, as he took two wickets and then smashed a winning knock.