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Cricket news - Faheem, Asif Ali help Islamabad United win PSL opener

Faheem Ashraf scored an unbeaten 11-ball 23 to go with his 2/24 in the first innings.

In a cracking start to the tournament, Pakistan Super League opened with Islamabad United's come-from-behind victory over Lahore Qalandars by five wickets. Chasing a target of 172, United lost three wickets in the final over of the powerplay to Rahat Ali before an unbeaten 59-run stand between Asif Ali (36* off 19) and Faheem Ashraf (23* off 11) for the sixth wicket got them over the line.

United could have been chasing many more. Qalandars had put together a punishing 97-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar, and were comfortably sat at 129/1 in the 14th over. Zaman raced to his third PSL fifty after Akhtar's wicket by Faheem Ashraf in the 11th over, and had AB de Villiers for company at the other end, and a total in excess of 200 looked well within reach.

But Zaman lost his wicket to Shadab Khan after a 43-ball 65 and his dismissal triggered a collapse, where Qalandars lost six wickets in the last six overs, adding only 41 runs. Mohammad Sami cleverly bowled Waqas Maqsood and Cameron Delport for four overs during this period, and the gamble paid off. Maqsood picked up the dangerous de Villiers and combined with Delport to pick 2 for 25 in the quiet four overs after Zaman's wicket.

United's chase was going well at 45 for no loss at the end of the five-over mark. And then that Rahat Ali over happened. Rizwan Hussain, Luke Ronchi and Philip Salt all fell in one over, making life difficult for the batsmen to follow. Hussain Talat and Delport could only add 20 runs in the next four overs, the duo looking to prevent any further damage with careful play.

Rahat Ali returned in the 14th over to pick Delport's wicket. Carlos Brathwaite's scalp of Talat in the next over meant that the United were tottering again, when Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali got together in the 15th over, the equation then reading 54 to get from 5.2 overs.

Ashraf hit a six second-ball, followed it up with a couple of boundaries in the next off Yasir Shah and didn't just bringing the run-rate back under control but also spurred on Asif Ali, who pulled off back-to-back sixes off Rahat Ali's last over.

With 12 to get off the last two overs, both Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf hit a six each, the latter's hit sealing the game with four balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Lahore Qalandars 171/8 in 20 overs (Fakhar Zaman 65, Faheem Ashraf 2-24) lost to Islamabad United 177/5 in 19.2 overs (Hussain Talat 37, Asif Ali 36*, Rahat 4-29) by five wickets

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