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United lose top-order in record 239 run-chase

KARACHI: Cameron Delport’s unbeaten quick-fire fastest century lifted defending champions Islamabad United to 238 as the Lahore Qalandars’ bowling unit failed to garner quick wickets at a batting wicket coupled on a short-boundary line at the National Stadium.

Islamabad United posted the highest total of the PSL courtesy hard hitting by Delport (117 off 60 balls) complimented with Chadwick Walton (48)and Asif Ali's record half century in 17 balls.

Qalandars’ speedster Shaheen Afridi kicked-off the Pakistan Super League’s Pakistan leg with a cracking wicket of Islamabad United opener Luke Ronchi

Sandeep Lamichhane was the next one to give a super breakthrough with the wicket of Philip Salt as the batsman gave the wicket in his attempt to hit over the covers. The wicket came after a run fest by Cameron Delport in the second over of the game against Rahat Ali.

United scored  70 runs in the batting powerplay - it's the third highest powerplay score in the history of the PSL.

But then Delport with his fine batting display left no option for the bowlers than to see boundaries being poured out all over the stadium.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, the lead pace attacker got hit for 62 runs with one wicket in his four-over quota, while leg spinner Lamichhane bagged 46 runs.

David Wiese took one wicket off 44 balls.

Today’s match is important for so many people and for so many reasons. International cricket is once again returning home to the cricket-mad nation of over 200 million, the historic National Stadium is lighting up once again to accommodate thousands of cheering fans, the local players are raring to go in front of their home crowd, and the foreign players are just as excited to be extended a hero’s welcome.

But the match also carries high stakes for Lahore Qalandars, who must win both of their remaining two matches to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. It’s either that, or crashing out once again in a cruel déjà vu of all the previous three seasons. Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi are already through to the playoffs. The third and fourth positions are up for grabs for defending champions Islamabad United, home team Karachi Kings, and the fifth-placed Lahore Qalandars. Multan Sultans are already out. If Islamabad United win their only remaining group match today, they would be safe with 10 points.
For Lahore Qalandars, things are not that simple. They have only 6 points from their three victories so far in the tournament, and need to win both of their remaining matches to cement a spot in the playoffs. If they lose against Islamabad United today, then their qualification to the playoffs would depend on whether Karachi Kings are defeated in their next games and on the NRR comparison.
Haris Rauf
Sandeep Lamichhane
Luke Ronchi
Faheem Ashraf 
The Mohammad Sami-led team has four wins and five losses from its nine matches, and will be looking to seal its place in the playoffs with a win today. The star of last season, Luke Ronchi is back in Karachi and means business. He is also the second highest scorer of the ongoing tournament, with 297 runs at a strike rate of 159.67. In the bowling department, Faheem Ashraf stands out with 13 wickets from nine matches and is the third highest wicket-taker of this season.

Playing XIs.

Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Anton Devcich, Haris Sohail, Riki Wessels (wk), Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Agha Salman, Rahat Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat, Cameron Delport, Phil Salt, Muhammad Musa

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