Match Over - Islamabad United won by 3 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Peshawar Zalmi, who chose to bat
  • Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
  • Referee: RS Mahanama
  • When: 25 Mar 2018, 17:00 SAST
  • Winner: Islamabad United


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



Overs: 16.5 / 20.0

Islamabad United



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Peshawar Zalmi

Luke Ronchi, the tournament's leading run-getter: "I've just batted with a clear mind, amazing how things work out if you do that," he says. "The order is to just go out and bat the way I bat. If it comes off, brilliant. Otherwise, we've got a brilliant batting order. The quality of the local players, particularly the fast bowlers, has been phenomenal in the PSL. They've got a good depth of talent coming through, they should be happy with where they are at the moment. This is my first win for a franchise, a great end to a great tournament."

Daren Sammy, the Zalmi captain: "Disappointed," he thunders. "We didn't score enough runs. With the ball, we took a while to respond. Ronchi made the difference."

So, so gracious from Daren Sammy and co too as they give the fans a lap of honour. They love him in these parts, don't they? The entire Zalmi team rallies around him and walk with him. Yes, they may have lost but they're terrific ambassadors too.

11.50pm What makes this win all the more special is the fact that they had a lot of their first-choice players injured. Misbah pulled out, then the injury to Rumaan Raees. JP Duminy was made captain right towards the end, and boy, the way he's led them. Islamabad players now with a lap of honour around the ground. Lovely gesture this.

The hero of the final: Asif Ali - "Six-hitting is my natural game," he says. "The coaching staff encouraged me to play that way. Pressure was there, I've won a number of games for Faisalabad playing this way. Playing under pressure gives me a lot of enjoyment."

iamRifard: "It was Kamran Akmal who brought Zalmis to atleast this place, one bad day at office doesn't mean you're not the boss."

11.40pm Islamabad United are two-time champions. No one's more happier than Misbah-ul-Haq, who sat out of the game with an injury. JP Duminy and Dean Jones celebrate a magnificent win. Having won Qualifier-1, Islamabad had a week off. Coming into this game, that could've been a disadvantage, depending on which way you looked at it, but Islamabad have ensured they've been absolutely ruthless come finals day. Yes, there were some nerves but if you get the kind of start Luke Ronchi gave them, you will win nine times out of 10.

Luke Ronchi's blistering fifty set the tone for Islamabad United, then came a sensational collapse that raised hopes of a last-over finish, perhaps even a Super Over. Then came Kamran Akmal's costly miss followed by Asif Ali's mad assault - three sixes off three balls - to kill the game. The crowds, who braved all the security restrictions and strict protocols, have certainly got their monies worth. What a show we've had tonight in Karachi!

16.5Wahab Riaz to Faheem Ashraf, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, short ball on middle, he swivels back and pulls this over deep backward square leg. Islamabad United are now two-time PSL champions! Faheem Ashraf, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, smashes the winning runs with a magnificent hit as firecrackers go off in Karachi..
16.4Wahab Riaz to Faheem Ashraf, No run, full toss on off stump, punched straight to mid-off.
16.3Wahab Riaz to Faheem Ashraf, No run, angles in from wide of the crease, defended towards short midwicket.
16.2Wahab Riaz to Faheem Ashraf, No run, squeezes an inside edge to square leg.
16.1Wahab Riaz to Hussain Talat, OUT, No run, the middle stump has been flattened by a yorker that tails in to sneak through. Reverse swing, pure pace..
End of over 16. 21 runs this over. 148/6 after 96 balls.
Hussain Talat 7 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 4-0-53-2
Asif Ali 26 (6b 0x4 3x6 ) more

This ends Hasan Ali's most expensive spell in T20s

End of over 15. 11 runs this over. 127/6 after 90 balls.
Hussain Talat 5 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) Umaid Asif 4-0-26-1
Asif Ali 7 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 1 runs this over. 116/6 after 84 balls.
Shadab Khan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 3-0-32-2
Hussain Talat 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 114/4 after 77 balls.
SR Patel 9 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 3-0-21-2
Shadab Khan 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 112/4 after 72 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 44 (33b 5x4 1x6 ) Wahab Riaz 3-0-22-1
SR Patel 9 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more

We'll take a strategy break with that

End of over 11. 6 runs this over. 106/3 after 66 balls.
SR Patel 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) CJ Jordan 2-0-19-2
Sahibzada Farhan 43 (31b 5x4 1x6 ) more

That's all from me for this season of the PSL. Hope you enjoyed my company through the past few weeks. Here's Shashank to take your through to the tournament's end.

End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 100/2 after 60 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 42 (30b 5x4 1x6 ) Umaid Asif 3-0-15-1
JP Duminy 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Danish: "@Sresth I don't live in Pakistan anymore, out here in Kuala Lumpur hoping that PCB picks KL for the NZ series. " -- The stadiums there will be tough to fill, Danish. That's the only downside

Also the hundred for Islamabad

End of over 9. 13 runs this over. 96/0 after 52 balls.
L Ronchi 52 (25b 4x4 5x6 ) CJ Jordan 0-0-13-0
Sahibzada Farhan 40 (27b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 8. 9 runs this over. 83/0 after 48 balls.
L Ronchi 48 (24b 3x4 5x6 ) Umaid Asif 2-0-12-0
Sahibzada Farhan 33 (24b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 8 runs this over. 74/0 after 42 balls.
L Ronchi 47 (22b 3x4 5x6 ) Wahab Riaz 2-0-16-0
Sahibzada Farhan 25 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Danish : "@Shahid Iqbal, I am part of the generation who missed cricket in their backyard. The only match I have attended was Pak vs Zim in 2015." -- Don't worry. Three T20Is against WI coming up in Karachi soon

Daniyal: "The fact that Islamabad have managed to fit in two emerging players and kept on winning their matches, has really been under-appreciated I think. You can throw Shadab into the mix, who's just 19 years old! Not only that, Islamabad have lost players like Misbah, Russell and Rumman and yet here they are, thumping Peshawar so far in the final!"

End of over 6. 3 runs this over. 66/0 after 36 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 18 (17b 3x4 0x6 ) Umaid Asif 1-0-3-0
L Ronchi 46 (19b 3x4 5x6 ) more

Ijlal Gondal: "My only wish for Pakistani youngsters in this PSL arena including Sahibzada is when rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ronchi is to learn how to bat effortlessly like him."

End of over 5. 8 runs this over. 63/0 after 30 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 16 (13b 3x4 0x6 ) Wahab Riaz 1-0-8-0
L Ronchi 45 (17b 3x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 4. 15 runs this over. 55/0 after 24 balls.
L Ronchi 45 (17b 3x4 5x6 ) LA Dawson 1-0-15-0
Sahibzada Farhan 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Ahsan Butt: "What is going on here. This is unreal. Ronchi in a hurry to get hands on that trophy."

End of over 3. 7 runs this over. 30/0 after 16 balls.
L Ronchi 25 (11b 1x4 3x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-21-0
Sahibzada Farhan 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Umair: "With the auction closed I'm sure IPL franchises are desperately looking for ways to somehow get Ronchi..." -- KKR could, perhaps, replace him with the injured Chris Lynn?

Fakhar: "While everyone is cheering for Ronchi, i am actually looking forward farhan. Really want him to perform. He is such a nice talent........ "

End of over 2. 9 runs this over. 23/0 after 12 balls.
Sahibzada Farhan 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) Sameen Gul 1-0-9-0
L Ronchi 21 (8b 0x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 1. 14 runs this over. 14/0 after 6 balls.
L Ronchi 14 (6b 0x4 2x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-14-0
Sahibzada Farhan 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Toorie: "Want another boom boom inning from Ronchi but.....heart want zalmi to win...Confused!!"

shahid iqbal: "The problem here is last year Quetta was playing without their key players and Islamabad on other hand is full of Energy and potential."

L RonchiC ADS Fletcher B CJ Jordan522645200
Sahibzada FarhanC Hasan Ali B Wahab Riaz443351133.33
CAK WaltonB Umaid Asif0200-
JP DuminyC CJ Jordan B CJ Jordan240050
SR PatelC Mohammad Hafeez B Hasan Ali10132076.92
Shadab KhanC CJ Jordan B Hasan Ali120050
Hussain TalatB Wahab Riaz7110063.64
Asif Alinot out 26603433.33
Faheem Ashrafnot out 6401150
Mohammad Sami -
Amad Butt -
Total 154/7
Hasan Ali4.0053213.25
Sameen Gul1.00909
LA Dawson1.0015015
Wahab Riaz3.502827.3
Umaid Asif4.002616.5
CJ Jordan3.002227.33