It was carnage in Dubai as Luke Ronchi lit the stage with one of the best displays of powerful strokeplay – scoring the fastest ever PSL 50 – turbocharging his team to the second PSL final.
Karachi Kings were out of sorts right from the word go and Islamabad United were a little too good on the day, defeating the Kings in one of the most one-sided games in PSL history.
Qualifier: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings
Toss: Karachi Kings, elected to bat first
Karachi Kings Innings
A sluggish start from the openers and a double blow early in the innings meant that Karachi had to rebuild the innings. Half-centuries from Joe Denly (51 from 46) and Colin Ingram (68* from 39) made sure that Karachi ended up with a decent total.
Mohammad Sami was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 20 in his 4 overs.
Islamabad United Innings
Luke Ronchi has been in sublime form in the past few matches and the Qualifier was no different; he thrashed the bowlers all around the park to score a staggering 94 off just 39 balls, thumping Karachi Kings by 8 wickets in the 13th over.
Sahibzada Farhan also looked good for his 29 to add 91-runs with the senior batsman from New Zealand.
Summary: Islamabad United won by 8 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)
Karachi Kings — 154/4 (20 overs)
Colin Ingram 68* (48)
Mohammad Sami 2-20 (4 overs)
Islamabad United — 155/2 (12.3 overs)
Luke Ronchi 94 (39)
Usman Khan 1-44 (3.3 overs)
Man of the Match: Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)
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