Highlights, PSL 2018 final, Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi, Full cricket score: IU clinch second title

Highlights, PSL 2018 final, Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi, Full cricket score: IU clinch second title

Wahab's brought back in the 17th over, which is a mere formality, and the pacer gets to do the moustache-stroking celebration one last time in the tournament by castling Talat with a full-toss off the first delivery. Faheem Ashraf walks out to bat, and hits the winning six off the fourth delivery that he faces, hooking it over the square-leg fence. Islamabad United beat Peshawar United by three wickets, and lift the PSL trophy for the second time.

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Had it been for a blistering knock from Luke Ronchi, things could've been quite interesting. But Ronchi took all the momentum away from Peshawar Zalmi in the first six overs and after that making a comeback was always going to be difficult. Islamabad United were rightly crowned as the champions. They thoroughly deserved the title. For now though, it's time to say goodbye. Take care and good night. 

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Luke Ronchi is the Man of the Match. 

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IU 154/7 after 16.5 overs (Asif 26, Ashraf 6)


Wahab's brought back in the 17th over, which is a mere formality, and the pacer gets to do the moustache-stroking celebration one last time in the tournament by castling Talat with a full-toss off the first delivery. Faheem Ashraf walks out to bat, and hits the winning six off the fourth delivery that he faces, hooking it over the square-leg fence. 


Islamabad United beat Peshawar United by three wickets, and lift the PSL trophy for the second time! 

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SIX! ISLAMABAD UNITED WIN PSL 2018! It is Faheem Ashraf who hits the winning runs, collecting a six off the fifth delivery of the 17th over! This is the second time they lift the trophy! 

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BOWLED EM! Wahab gets to do the moustache-stroking celebrations one last time in PSL 2018, getting Talat castled with a full toss! IU 148/7

Talat b Wahab 7(11)

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Wahab Riaz back into the attack. Islamabad need just 1 off 24 with four wickets in hand. 

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IU 148/6 after 16 overs (Talat 7, Asif 26)


Hasan Ali into his final over, and Asif Ali virtually ends the game with a hat-trick of sixes, launching a vicious counter-attack against the top-rated pacer! Hasan ends with forgettable figures of 2/53. Islamabad need just 1 off 24 balls. 

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SIX! A hat-trick of sixes for Asif Ali! Oh what a turn-around! And the batsman was dropped by Kamran Akmal in the previous over! IU 146/6

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SIX! Back-to-back sixes for Asif Ali off Hasan Ali! Once again clears the midwicket fence! IU 140/6

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SIX! Heaved over the midwicket fence by Asif Ali! IU 134/6

Highlights

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Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Super League final, latest update: Wahab's brought back in the 17th over, which is a mere formality, and the pacer gets to do the moustache-stroking celebration one last time in the tournament by castling Talat with a full-toss off the first delivery. Faheem Ashraf walks out to bat, and hits the winning six off the fourth delivery that he faces, hooking it over the square-leg fence. Islamabad United beat Peshawar United by three wickets, and lift the PSL trophy for the second time.

Preview: Pakistan's biggest city will stage a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years on Sunday. The Pakistan Super League final will be held amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi.

More than 8,000 security personnel have been deployed for the Twenty20 final between Islamabad United and last year's champions, Peshawar Zalmi.

Presidential-like security has been put in place on routes from the hotel to the stadium. For practice on Saturday, the team vans were surrounded by a fleet of security vehicles carrying armed guards.

Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy and Islamabad United stand-in skipper JP Duminy.

Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy and Islamabad United stand-in skipper JP Duminy.

"It's been really good. All the logistical works have been done behind the scenes, and we've been brought here pretty safely," Islamabad United stand-in captain JP Duminy said.

"It's obviously going to be an exciting occasion to be part of PSL final and more specifically being in Karachi."

Islamabad United's regular captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has not fully recovered from a hand injury.

The last major game with international players in Karachi was in February 2009, a Pakistan-Sri Lanka test.

On the same tour, terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team convoy at Lahore that March. Six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed, and six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured.

That resulted in an end to international cricket in the country, and the Pakistan Cricket Board moved its home matches to the United Arab Emirates.

The PCB has gradually convinced international players to return, and Lahore hosted the first PSL final last year, and there were Twenty20s organized against a World XI (three matches) and Sri Lanka (one).

A reluctance from some international PSL players to play in Pakistan remains. The preliminary matches were played at Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE.

Australian Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators) and Englishmen Eoin Morgan (Karachi) and Kevin Pietersen (Quetta) refused to accompany their teams to Lahore this week for two PSL eliminators.

The absence of the top stars hurt both franchises and drew an angry response from Gladiators coach and former Pakistan captain Moin Khan.

"We, in the coming season, should only pick players who have the consent to visit Pakistan," Moin said after losing the first eliminator against Zalmi.

"We do not need to push for individuality as our league has now become a bigger brand ... we don't need to get these players who don't want to come to Pakistan. In fact, this is hurting Pakistan as it is sending a negative signal and affects our country's image as well."

Other internationals playing in the final include Peshawar Zalmi's Darren Sammy of West Indies and Chris Jordan of England, and for Islamabad United, JP Duminy of South Africa and Luke Ronchi of New Zealand.

With inputs from AP

Updated Date: March 26, 2018 00:42:19 IST

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