Islamabad United trounce Lahore Qalandars by 49 runsSport
Islamabad United qualified for the play-off stage of the Pakistan Super League 2019 with a dominant 49-run victory over Lahore Qalandars on Saturday at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The defending champions rode an unbeaten century from Cameron Delport and a six-for by Faheem Ashraf to outclass the Qalandars, whose own play-off hopes now rest on how Karachi fares in their remaining two fixtures.
Lahore Qalandars captain Fakhar Zaman won the toss and opted to field first, likely having in mind the vast majority of times teams batting second have emerged victorious in PSL 2019.
Luke Ronchi and Cameron Delport opened the innings for United, but their partnership lasted the shortest possible time as the precocious Shaheen Shah Afridi struck on the very first ball of the match. He had Ronchi caught in the slips.
Ronchi's early departure was quite shocking as the pitch was super flat, signified by the trio of boundaries hit in the same over.
Delport was committed to taking full advantage of the track's offering as he smacked four boundaries in the second over bowled by Rahat Ali.