It was another very exciting day of T20 cricket as Islamabad United moved up the ranks in the points table by defeating Lahore Qalandars, who lost their 8th consecutive game, including two from the last PSL and six in PSL 2018.
Meanwhile, Quetta sprung back to their winning form like the previous years by completely outplaying Karachi Kings in batting, bowling and fielding.
Match 18: Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars
Toss: Islamabad United, elected to field
Lahore Qalandars Innings
A shift in the batting order by Brendon McCullum saw the PSL debutant Anton Devcich score an impressive half-century (62 from 42), which also helped Qalandars with a solid opening stand of 56.
A cameo from the captain ensured that his team had a decent total to defend. Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers, grabbing three wickets.
Islamabad United Innings
A target of 162, which is considered tough on Dubai wicket generally, proved to be a pretty easy one as Luke Ronchi’s firepower was hard to stop; the Kiwi batsman hammered 77 off just 41 balls to hand his team a victory.
Shadab’s promotion to number 3 helped him score a few runs as he blasted 3 sixes in his 32 runs.
Summary: Islamabad United won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Lahore Qalandars — 163 for 8 (20 overs)
Anton Devcich 62 (42)
Faheem Ashraf 3-32 (4 overs)
Islamabad United — 164 for 4 (17.4 overs)
Luke Ronchi 77 (41)
Sunil Narine 3-28 (4 overs)
Man of the Match: Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)
Match 19: Quetta Gladiators vs. Karachi Kings
Toss: Karachi Kings, elected to field
Quetta Gladiators Innings
It was veterans night out as Shane Watson and Kevin Pieterson made a mockery of the Kings’ star-studded and strong bowling unit with a devastating partnership of 86; Watson scored an unbeaten 90 while the Englishman raised his first half-century in this PSL.
When players like Watson and Pieterson get going, it’s hard to curb the flow of runs and that’s what happened as the duo hammered the bowlers all around the park taking the team to a massive total of 180 for 4.
Karachi Kings Innings
Despite Afridi’s promotion to open the innings, Quetta bowlers never let Karachi get back into the game as they suffered regular blows.
Every move worked for Sarfaraz as each of his 6 bowlers picked a wicket as Quetta registered the largest margin of victory in PSL history in terms of runs.
Summary: Quetta Gladiators won by 67 runs
Quetta Gladiators — 180 for 4 (20 overs)
Shane Watson 90* (58)
Usman Khan 1-22 (4 overs)
Karachi Kings — 113 for 8 (20 overs)
Imad Wasim 35 (31)
Rahat Ali 2-29 (4 overs)
Man of the Match: Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators)