Dubai: Misbah Ul Haq has won the toss and elected to bowl first. “Hopefully there’s more competition between sides this season,” he said after the toss.
On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi’s new captain Darren Sammy is not much bothered on losing the toss and batting first.
“We have a lot of experience in our squad, around five or six captains. Hopefully we can put it out there on the field.” said Sammy.
IU are 190/8 after 20.0 overs: Peshawar Zalmi have set a solid target of 191 runs for Islamabad United. The former champion did well to control things down but the damage was already done by Kamran Akmal and Dawid Malan.
IU are 170/8 after 19.0 overs: Islamabad United has made a great comeback in the game.
IU are 169/8 after 18.5 overs: Another wicket for the reigning champions, Mohammad Sami gets Iftikhar Ahmed.
IU are 168/7 after 18.0 overs: A very handy over for Islamabad United with just six runs in it and two wickets.
IU are 167/7 after 17.5 overs: Haris Sohail also takes the long walk back, Watson has another one, he is on the hat-trick.
IU are 167/6 after 17.4 overs: Shahid Afridi falls to Shane Watson, a short delivery the better of him.
IU are 162/5 after 17.0 overs: It was 4-byes to end the over.
The Boom Boom Shahid Afridi is at the crease now! Its deafening noise in the stadium for Lala.
IU are 157/5 after 16.4 overs: Darren Sammy struck a six off Mohammad Irfan and then gets out after two balls, he is caught on the boundary.
IU are 151/4 after 16.0 overs: Peshawar will look to play in the top gear now.
The skipper Darren Sammy replaces Akmal.
IU are 150/4 after 15.3 overs: Kamran Akmal missed out on a century here by just 12 runs, Sami picked up the wicket.
IU are 149/3 after 15.0 overs: Kamran Akmal is not holding back, he took on Ajmal once again and struck a four and a six. He moved to 88.
IU are 136/3 after 14.0 overs: No fireworks for Peshawar Zalmi for the last three or four overs.
IU are 129/3 after 13.0 overs: Good comeback by Islamabad United, they have succeed in drying up the runs.
Haris Sohail is at the crease for the first time after being away from the game due to his knee injury, crucial times for him.
IU are 126/3 after 12.3 overs: Saeed Ajmal strikes! The ball just kissed the stumps and dislodged the bails, it was so close that the decision was referred to third umpire.
IU are 125/1 after 12.0 overs: A good over by Watson, Islamabad will hope to continue this performance.
England’s captain, Eion Morgan is the new man in for Peshawar Zalmi.
IU are 122/2 after 11.3 overs Misbah got exactly what he wanted, Malan top edged one and is caught by Imran Khalid
Islamabad United desperately needs a breakthrough here, so Misbah turns to his experienced bowler Shane Watson.
IU are 120/1 after 11.0 overs: Amad Butt comes and gets punished by the settled Zalmis in the crease. It is the highest partnership in PSL for any wicket.
IU are 102/1 after 10.0 overs: Islamabad United’s bowlers are struggling to stop the run-flow here.
IU are 88/1 after 9.0 overs: Saeed Ajmal is proving to be quite pricey at the moment, both Zalmis’ batsmen are taking him off, 14 runs off the over this time with the help of two sixes.
IU are 74/1 after 8.0 overs: Kamran Akmal scores a half-century in no time, he has reached there in just 29 balls. Imran Khalid was also dealt with some aggression by the wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal.
IU are 65/1 after 7.0 overs: Kamran Akmal has greeted the veteran spinner with some aggression, he hit a four a six on first deliveries of his over.
The magician Saeed Ajmal has got the ball in his hand now.
IU are 52/1 after 6.0 overs: Kamran Akmal and Dawid Malan have brought up their 50 runs partnership.
IU are 41/1 after 5.0 overs: Expensive first over for the Australian allrounder, Malan struck a four and a six in the over, Zalmis have recovered well from the early loss.
Shane Watson into the attack now.
IU are 28/1 after 4.0 overs: A fine over by Sami, seven off the over with a boundary in it.
IU are 21/1 after 3.0 overs: Big over for Islamabad United, Kamran Akmal looking in good shape, he struck four and a six in the over.
IU are 8/1 after 2.0 overs: David Malan struck a handsome boundary with a square cut in the over.
Mohammad Sami sharing the new ball with Mohammad Irfan.
IU are 1/1 after 1.0 over: Mohammad Irfan struck on the very first delivery of the PSL, he removed Mohammad Hafeez.
Mohammad Irfan is to start off the proceedings for Islamabad United. Mohammad Hafeez and David Malan are going to open the inning for Peshawar Zalmi.
The teams are finally on the field now.
The game is about to start, Islamabad United is in the ground for final warm ups.
There is a slight delay in start of the game as the stage set for opening ceremony has not been removed yet.
NEWS FROM THE GROUND
Islamabad United: Sharjeel Khan, Shane Watson, Dwayne Smith, Misbah Ul Haq (capt), Brad Haddin (wk), Sam Billings, Imran Khalid, Amad Butt, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Irfan.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Kamran Akmal (wk), Eion Morgan, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
“It is probably the best exhibition of fireworks I have ever seen,” says Michael Holding.