Andre Russell hit a last ball six to clinch a thrilling Super Over win for Islamabad United against a luckless Lahore Qalandars at Sharjah on Friday, leaving Lahore to rue their luck with four defeats in as many games.
Lahore had piled up 15-1 in the Super Over which Islamabad overhauled off the last delivery. This becomes Islamabad’s second win in four matches.
The stipulated Twenty20 was as exciting as it was thrilling.
Islamabad nearly defends a below-par 122-run target on a pitch taking spin which made batting difficult but Lahore’s number ten Salman Irshad hit a six off the penultimate ball to leave scores level. Mohammad Sami then had the last wicket with a short delivery which caught Salman at the short fine leg.
Brendon McCullum had anchored Lahore’s innings with a steady 48-ball 34 but was run out off the second ball of the last over in which his team needed seven.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah dominated on a slow pitch assisting spinners, taking 3-20 in his four accurate overs while Sohail Khan finished with 2-23 as Islamabad crawled to 121-9.
Lahore were well set at 2-77 with Salman Agha batting on 48 but they lost their last eight wickets for 44 runs, with Samit Patel (3-17) and Sami (3-21) derailing them once again.
Lahore were off to a disastrous start as they surprisingly sent out of form Umar Akmal to open the innings who after hitting a boundary fell leg before to spinner Samit Patel. Next ball Patel trapped Fakhar Zaman leg before for a first ball duck to leave Lahore in trouble at 2-4.
Salman added 73 for the third wicket with Brendon McCullum and showed his talent, hitting six boundaries and two sixes. It looked as if he would score the first fifty for Lahore in this PSL but he holed out to Mohammad Sami.
When Denesh Ramdin also fell to Sami it looked Lahore’s innings will once again derail. But Islamabad United now have three defeats in four games but are fifth on the table with a better net run-rate than Lahore.
Islamabad struggled to 121-9 after losing opener Luke Ronchi to the second ball of the innings to part-timer Fakhar Zaman. Not only wickets fell at regular intervals but the scoring rate was detrimental towards the total. The first ten overs only produced 40 runs with three wickets down.
Misbah-ul-Hsq struggled to ten-ball four while Duminy was also saved on review after given out off Yasir. Duminy tried his valiant best during his 36-ball 34 with three boundaries and a six.
Misbah fell to Kashmir pacer Salman Irshad, first ball in his PSL debut match.
Talat surprisingly came at number eight, tried hard for his 21-ball 33 not out which had two sixes and a boundary. He added 37 for the eighth wicket with Andre Russell who made 15 with a six.
West Indian spinner Sunil Narine was nearly unplayable as he conceded just ten runs in his four overs.
Multan Sultans will face Quetta Gladiators while Lahore will meet Peshawar Zalmi in another doubleheader on Saturday.