Luke Ronchi’s stunning assault at the top of the order helped Islamabad United to a convincing six-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League yesterday.
It was Qalandars sixth loss in as many games and they are out contention for the play offs. Ronchi’s 41-ball 77 meant Islamabad chased down a target of 164 with 17.3 overs. This was Islamabad’s second victory over a hapless Lahore side this season, the first one having come in a Super-Over finish. Ronchi and JP Duminy set the tone for the chase with a 47-run opening stand in 4.3 overs.
Ronchi smashed Sunil Narine’s first delivery for a six, but the bowler hit back two balls later by having Duminy caught at slip. Narine would go on to take two more wickets, including Ronchi’s, but it was a disappointed bowling performance from Qalandars. When Ronchi perished in the 16th over, Islamabad needed only 13 to win.
Earlier, Qalandars had great start with the bat as Fakhar Zaman and Anton Devcich (62 off 42 balls) added 56 in 6.4 overs. Zaman was out for 34 off 24 balls, when he was caught behind by Ronchi off Duminy.
But Devcich continued his free scoring ways before captain Brendon McCullum made a furious late dash with an unbeaten 12-ball 33.
In another match, Quetta Gladiators crushing Karachi Kings by 67 runs.
Gladiators amassed 180 thanks as Shane Watson scored an unbeaten 58-ball 90, while Kevin Pietersen belted 52 off 34 balls.
In reply, Karachi experimented with sending Shahid Afridi to open the batting with Joe Denly. But Afridi was dismissed for 1 off 5 balls. The rest of the Karachi top order was no better as Mohammad Nawaz bossed proceedings in the first Powerplay with an excellent spell as Karachi were reduced to 55 for 5, and the game was already over.
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