DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars registered their first win of the second edition the Pakistan Super League against Islamabad Untied at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Qalandars down Islamabad United’s total of 158 runs with six wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare. During the Qalandar’s exciting inning fifty came up for Jason Roy, who held the fort after Umer Akmal’s untimely departure, in the 16th over. The same over also saw off No5 batsman Grant Elliot who contributed three runs to the total. Elliot tried to sweep on a flat delivery from Saeed Anwar that landed the ball in the hands of Asif Ali standing at backward square-leg. Umer Akmal departed from the field after scoring 35 runs off 26 balls when a miss-timed pull shot on Shane Watson’s delivery landed the ball straight to the fielder in deep mid-wicket.
The Lahore Qalandars raced to the 100-run mark in the 12th over as opener Jason Roy and No4 batsman Umer Akmal kept rotating the strike while hitting sensible boundaries whenever possible. Fifty came up for the Lahore Qalandars in the sixth over for the loss of two wickets as they chased down Islamabad United’s target. Qalandars’ No3 batsman Fakhar Zaman’s short, stuttering inning ended as United’s Mohammad Sami’s short delivery on middle and leg landed back in the bowler’s hand when Zaman tried to lob it towards mid-wicket. Earlier, opener Brendon McCullum left for the pavilion after scoring 25 quick runs off ten balls when he drove the ball straight to the fielder at deep square leg while trying to score his fifth boundary. In the beginning of their inning, the Qalanders seemed off to a great start, as they scored 21 runs in the first over.