Match Over - Islamabad United won by 8 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Karachi Kings, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
  • Referee: Mohammad Anees
  • When: 18 Mar 2018, 18:00 SAST
  • Winner: Islamabad United
  • Man of the Match: L Ronchi


  • Umpire1: Aleem Dar
  • Umpire2: Rashid Riaz
  • Third Umpire: Shozab Raza



Overs: 12.3 / 20.0

Islamabad United



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Karachi Kings

11.13pm What a chase, wasn't it? Sometimes you just need to stop and admire a cricketing performance, and Ronchi's show tonight was testament to that. We've now identified our first finalist in the shape of Islamabad. Who will join them? That search still continues across the next two eliminators. Join us on Tuesday, then, for the first eliminator between Quetta and Peshawar. Till then, on behalf of Shashank Kishore, this is Sreshth Shah signing off. Bye bye!

11.00pm Time for the presentation. And here's Ramiz Raja, the presenter. No surprise, Luke Ronchi is the Man of the Match. He says: "One of those days when things click. I felt comfortable with what I was doing. Couple of dropped catches, everything went in my favour. The rest coming ahead will be good for us before the final. Just saw the ball really well, figured out a plan, was in the zone tonight. When you play the way I play, need luck sometimes."

Losing captain Eoin Morgan: "When you run into a guy with Ronchi's form, then he's very hard to stop. Tough for us, we weren't on the mark. We let him get in, and once he's in, he's hard to stop. We were 10-15 short with the bat and didn't start well with the ball. It's great to watch Ronchi bat that well, but terrible if you're facing him. Not sure why the catches went down. It wasn't too dewy either. We will figure things out."

Winning captain JP Duminy: "I didn't think it was going to be this easy a run chase. Sami set the tone with the ball, and it was one of those clinical performances. Dean Jones will be pretty happy with that. Ronchi's innings was the top 3 innings I've ever seen. He's a free-spirited guy who backs his game. When days like these come, you take it with both hands. Sami's unbelievable, isn't he? He's still fit to play international cricket. From a leadership point of view, it's a privilege for me to lead these boys. Looking forward to the final in Karachi."

Mohtashim: "Now i know what carnage looks like!!!"

10.54pm Sahibzada Farhan: When Ronchi plays like that, it gives me the added confidence. I thought I'll take over if he gets out, but he wasn't getting out today, so I decided to join the party. Today I played my natural game. We hope to keep this form going. We're excited to play in Pakistan, in Karachi. Our coaches work hard with us in the back, so I want to dedicate this innings to Vicky bhai (Waqar Younis)"

Irtaza: "How often in a cricket game do you see the batsman being disappointed that the ball went to the boundary ?"

10.50pm Islamabad United are through to the PSL final. What a masterclass from Luke Ronchi tonight. It's also the largest win - in terms of balls - in PSL history. He may have missed out on the 100, but I really doubt Ronchi cares. What domination, what hitting. If the other teams weren't scared already, they're now surely trembling at the prospect of the Islamabad batting in the final. Karachi, however, are not eliminated. They'll face the winners of the first Eliminator between Quetta and Peshawar.

Mickey Arthur and Dean Jones shake hands. Jones is delighted at his boys: hugs Ronchi and Patel. It could've been a tricky target, but Islamabad broke no sweat to chase it down. Let's see what the captains and the Man of the Match have to say. We'll have the presentation in a few minutes.

Imtiaz: "Probably one of the best bowling line up of PSL being belted by Ronchi & co"

12.3Usman Khan to SR Patel, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, back of a length outside off, pokes at it and gets another thick outside edge. Flies past point, and that's the winning runs!.
12.2Usman Khan to SR Patel, No run, full and wide outside off, Patel tries to slap it towards point, but can't connect.
12.1Usman Khan to SR Patel, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, good length on middle stump, tries to defend off the back foot but the ball takes a thick outside edge. Flies past the keeper's right for four more. Patel's not happy that it's gone for four.
End of over 12. 11 runs this over. 147/2 after 72 balls.
L Ronchi 94 (39b 12x4 5x6 ) Mohammad Amir 3-0-30-0
SR Patel 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 12 runs this over. 136/2 after 66 balls.
L Ronchi 89 (37b 11x4 5x6 ) Usman Khan 3-0-36-1
SR Patel 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Asad: "That's the end of Hales as far as this year PSL is concerned"

Uzair Abbas: "Other batsman should let Ronchi get his 100."

Ronchi needs 18 to become PSL's first foreigner to make 100. Islamabad, however, need only 26 more. Who'll get there first?

End of over 10. 7 runs this over. 124/1 after 60 balls.
L Ronchi 82 (34b 11x4 4x6 ) Shahid Afridi 3-0-30-0
AD Hales 9 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 18 runs this over. 117/1 after 54 balls.
AD Hales 7 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Irfan 1-0-18-0
L Ronchi 77 (32b 10x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 98/1 after 47 balls.
L Ronchi 63 (27b 7x4 4x6 ) Shahid Afridi 2-0-22-0
AD Hales 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 10 runs this over. 85/0 after 40 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 23 (16b 0x4 2x6 ) TS Mills 1-0-26-0
L Ronchi 59 (24b 7x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 75/0 after 36 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 15 (12b 0x4 1x6 ) Mohammad Amir 2-0-19-0
L Ronchi 59 (24b 7x4 4x6 ) more
End of over 5. 20 runs this over. 69/0 after 30 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 11 (9b 0x4 1x6 ) Usman Khan 2-0-24-0
L Ronchi 57 (21b 7x4 4x6 ) more

SM Tanoli: "Ronchi doing the same what kartik did to bangla desh....absolutly no Mercy to bowler"

End of over 4. 15 runs this over. 49/0 after 24 balls.
L Ronchi 44 (18b 7x4 2x6 ) Shahid Afridi 1-0-15-0
Sahibzada Farhan 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 16 runs this over. 34/0 after 18 balls.
L Ronchi 30 (13b 5x4 1x6 ) TS Mills 1-0-16-0
Sahibzada Farhan 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 18/0 after 12 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) Usman Khan 1-0-4-0
L Ronchi 14 (7b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 14 runs this over. 14/0 after 6 balls.
L Ronchi 13 (5b 3x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 1-0-13-0
Sahibzada Farhan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
L Ronchinot out 9439125241.03
Sahibzada FarhanC Shahid Afridi B TS Mills291803161.11
AD HalesC TS Mills B Usman Khan141120127.27
SR Patelnot out 14730200
JP Duminy -
Hussain Talat -
Asif Ali -
Shadab Khan -
Faheem Ashraf -
Mohammad Sami -
Amad Butt -
Total 155/2
Mohammad Amir3.0030010
Usman Khan3.3044112.57
TS Mills2.0032116
Shahid Afridi3.0030010
Mohammad Irfan1.0018018