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Islamabad win PSL final with Karachi back on int’l cricket map

KARACHI: Luke Ronchi and Asif Ali pumped quick runs into the scorecard to guide Islamabad United to telling victory against Peshawar Zalmi in the high-voltage grand finale of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 3 in Karachi on Sunday. In pursuit for 149 runs target, Ronchi's blistering fifty set the momentum, but immediately after his wicket was thrown a domino-effect of falling of wickets was witnessed on one side, as only Sahibzada Farhan had his wicket intact for quite a longer run, until Kamran Akmal's costly miss…

PSL Final: Peshawar, Islamabad target title in clash of champions

KARACHI: Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi will hope to carry a winning momentum against Islamabad United in the final of the Pakistan Super League as cricket of some international colour returns in Karachi after a big gap of nine years on Sunday. Peshawar won the last two matches of the league phase to sneak into the play-offs and then beat Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings in the two eliminators to earn another shot at the defence of the title they won in Lahore last year. Islamabad, who won the title in the…

Rampaging Ronchi demolishes Karachi to take Islamabad to final

DUBAI: Luke Ronchi smashed a fiery half century to help Islamabad demolish Karachi Kings by eight wickets in the qualifier of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 in Dubai on Sunday to take the former champions into the final. Unbeaten Ronchi finished with 39-ball 94 studded with five 6s and 12 boundaries as Islamabad romped home with 45 balls to spare to stun Karachi Kings whose 154-4 in 20 overs was made to look a mediocre total. Karachi Kings will now wait to see who wins the first eliminator between defending…

Islamabad and Karachi Kings to fight for PSL final spot

DUBAI: Former champions Islamabad and title aspirants Karachi Kings will face off in the first qualifiers in Dubai on Sunday, with both teams understanding the benefits of a victory as it will land them directly in the final of the Pakistan Super League next week. Karachi Kings had the upper hand in the last league game by six wickets but they realize the playoff will be totally different as Islamabad will be at their full strength after resting three of their key players — opener Luke Ronchi, spinning all-rounder Samit…

Karachi Kings cruise into PSL playoffs after beating Islamabad by 7 wickets

SHARJAH: Karachi Kings cruised into Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after thrashing Islamabad United by seven wickets in their must-win match here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. Karachi Kings and Islamabad United will clash again in the first playoff on Sunday. Player of the Match, Usman Khan's blazing bowling spell with four for 17 clubbed by Shahid Afridi's two for 18 restricted Islamabad to 124. Only lower middle-order batsman Asif Ali made fiery 34 off 14 with four 6s and a boundary, otherwise no…

Karachi Kings eye second spot, Peshawar a play-off chance

KARACHI: Karachi Kings will be aiming for a second place finish in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) table if they beat table topper Islamabad United in their last game while Peshawar Zalmi must win against Lahore to sneak into the last four as league phase finishes in Sharjah on Friday. Karachi Kings lost their penultimate match against Peshawar by 44 runs to give their opponents a lifeline. Karachi are pitted against an in-form Islamabad who beat Quetta Gladiators by six wickets on Thursday to top the table with 14 points…

Islamabad seals playoff spot by beating Multan Sultans

SHARJAH: Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans by 33 runs in the 25th fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season three at Sharjah cricket stadium on Tuesday. The victory brings Misbah-led team on top of PSL points table and also sealed a play-off spot for the one time trophy winner. Kieron Pollard's quick 73 off 47 could not save Multan Sultans as they lost all their top batsmen in the first ten overs with Pollard as their only saviour. The West Indian played a memorable knock and took all the Islamabad…

Multan faces do-or-die situation in Islamabad clash

SHARJAH: Shoaib Malik led Multan Sultans's fate in the debut appearance hinged on their last match against second placed Islamabad United match in Sharjah on Tuesday. A win will take them to the last four but a defeat will put them on the verge of exit from the Pakistan Super League. The sixth and the newest team promised a lot by defeating the title holders Peshawar Zalmi in their opening match but after two wins they were brought down to earth by Islamabad in the first round in a match they were shot out for a paltry…

Duminy stars as Islamabad beat Peshawar by 26 runs

DUBAI: JP Duminy guided Islamabad United to hoard second highest total (182-5) of the tournament and beat Peshawar Zalmi by 26 runs in the 21st fixture of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season three at Dubai International Stadium on Friday. This time it was Duminy (73 off 54) who filled in for Luke Ronchi, smashing the ball brilliantly all around the park including six boundaries and four sixes. For a dynamic innings of 73 not out, @jpduminy21 is our Man of the Match#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe #IUvPZ…

McCullum blasts bowlers after sixth consecutive defeat

DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars' captain Brendon McCullum blamed his bowlers for the sixth successive defeat in the Pakistan Super League third edition as his side was easily defeated by Islamabad United in Dubai on Thursday. Lahore rode on a brilliant 62 by opener Anton Devcich on PSL debut but still managed to score 163, losing their last eight wickets for a mere 62 runs in a customary collapse. Devcich's New Zealand team-mate Luke Ronchi blasted 41-ball 77 with six sixes and five boundaries to help Islamabad reach the…