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Lahore Qalandars score resounding victory

(Islamabad United 158/7, 20 overs)

(Lahore Qalandars 160/4 in 18.2 overs)

Dubai February 11: Lahore Qalandars scored their first win of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament as defending champions Islamabad United failed to defend a first innings score of 159.

Opener Jason Roy was the star of the show scoring an unbeaten innings of 60 studded with six fours and a solitary six. Captain Brendon McCullum who won the toss and opted to field scored 25 runs off only 10 balls; his breezy innings set the tone for the Qalandars.

Umar Akmal chipped in with a valuable contribution of 35 while Sunil Narine helped his team gallop past the target with a 12 ball 26 run innings that included two sixes and three fours.

Qalandars chased down the score in 18.2 overs losing only four wickets in the process, Roy was named man-of-the-match.

Batting first, United posted a competitive total courtesy an unbeaten 61 run innings by captain Misbahul Haq off only 36 balls. The United skipper led from the front hitting five sixes and three fours taking full use of the platform provided by openers Sam Billings (37) and Dwayne Smith (31) who added 73 runs in their alliance.

Misbah singlehandedly took on the Qalandars’ bowlers with shots all around the park besides the five maximums he struck.

Grant Elliot was the pick of the Qalandars’ bowlers claiming four wickets in his three overs that went for 23 runs.

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