LIVE: Lahore settle after initial stutter against Islamabad


Lahore Qalandars take on Islamabad United in the last league match of the inaugural HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Azhar Ali-led men have to win this match to qualify for the play-offs.

Earlier today, Peshawar Zalmi beat Karachi Kings by five-wickets as Brad Hodge played an unbeaten 45-ball 85-run innings while chasing 153 runs.

If Lahore win today, they will move forward because of the head-to-head win count and if they lose then Karachi will qualify for the playoffs.

Islamabad were victorious in the last match against Lahore by eight wickets after openers Shane Watson and Sharjeel Khan gave United a blistering start in the 167-run chase.

Who will move forward into the playoffs? It will be decided here live. Catch all the action as it happens!


Islamabad: Sharjeel, Dwayne, Khalid, Asif, Misbah, Haddin, Mahmood, Ajmal, Ashar. Raeed,  Irfan

Lahore: Azhar, Delport, Sohaib, Bravo, Rizwan, Umar, Cooper, Mendis, Adil, Rasool, Ziaul Haq

LHR 72-3 (13 overs)

Four runs off the over. Umar and Sohaib not taking any risks against spinners.

So Misbah asks Saeed Ajmal to come on now.

LHR 68-3 (12 overs)

FOUR! Fuller delivery dug out by Sohaib and sent towards square leg.

FOUR! Driven nicely through covers by Umar Akmal.

Dwayne Smith runs in for his second over.

LHR 58-3 (11 overs)

Ashar Zaidi goes for only four runs in his third over.

LHR 54-3 (10 overs)

FOUR! Cut through covers by Umar.

SIX! A great pick up shot by Sohaib. Sent over deep midwicket.

Dwayne Smith comes on to bowl. No Saeed Ajmal till now.

LHR 42-3 (9 overs)

Four singles off the first five overs. A dot on the last ball.

Ashar Zaidi in for his second over.

LHR 38-3 (8 overs)

FOUR! Short and top edge gives Sohaib a boundary over the keeper’s head.

Azhar Mahmood continues. Starts with three dot balls.

LHR 33-3 (7 overs)

Five runs off the over. Lahore need these two to fire and that too soon.

Left-arm spin now as Ashar Zaidi comes on to bowl.

LHR 28-3 (6 overs)

FOUR! Uppish cover drive from Sohaib.

SIX! Length ball struck cleanly over deep midwicket. First boundary of the match.

Azhar Mahmood, the Pakistani T20 veteran, comes on to bowl.

LHR 12-3 (5 overs)

Muhammad Irfan goes for three runs in the over. Seems more like a Test match right now.

LHR 9-3 (4 overs)

Only two runs off the over.

Rumman Raees runs in for his second over. Another wicket for him?

LHR 7-3 (3 overs)

OUT! Short ball pulled by Rizwan and short midwicket fielder takes an easy catch. Khalid Latif is happy and so is Irfan. Umar Akmal is the new batsman in.

HALF CHANCE! Azhar Mahmood has some kind of affinity for slip catches. This one just bounces in front of him.

Irfan in for his second over.

LHR 5-2 (2 overs)

Muhammad Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood are in the middle for Lahore.

OUT! Cameron Delport this time. Azhar Mahmood takes another catch at first slip.

Rumman Raeed shares the new ball with Irfan.

LHR 4-1 (1 over)

OUT! Edge and Azhar Ali is caught at first slip. Lahore off to a bad start here.

Irfan start off with a wide delivery. Follows it up with another one down the leg side.

Tall left-armer Muhammad Irfan opens the bowling for Islamabad.Azhar Ali and Cameron Delport will be will wielding the willow top of the order for Lahore.

Misbahul Haq has decided to ball first after winning the toss. Azhar Ali surely seemed disappointed but the handshake was done in good faith by both skippers.

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