Lahore Qalandars 171/8 in 20 overs (Fakhar Zaman 65, Faheem Ashraf 2-24) lost to Islamabad United 177/5 in 19.2 overs (Hussain Talat 37, Asif Ali 36*, Rahat 4-29) by 5 wickets
All the talk of an improved Lahore Qalandars may have something to it, but in the contest between the most prolific franchise and the least successful one, the status quo held firm. A glorious return to form from Fakhar Zaman got Lahore off to the perfect start, and for much of the innings looked destined to set a target around 200.
But a middle-order collapse meant Mohammad Hafeez's side slump from 129 for 1 to 171 for 8, adding just 40 runs in the final six overs. Even so, Rahat Ali looked to have put Lahore on course with three wickets in an over to rip out Islamabad's top order, Luke Ronchi and all. But where Lahore's middle order had fallen apart, Islamabad's held firm.
Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali kept ahead of the run rate during the second half of the innings, and Asif made his move in the 18th over. With two sixes off the first two balls, the run rate had been brought down to six. From there on, the five-wicket win was an inevitability.
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