KARACHI: On the back of a blistering inning by Cameron Delport Islamabad United scored 63 runs in the first five over at the loss of two wickets.
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 the inform 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.
However, Delport is batting superbly taking full advantage of the track’s offering as he smacked four boundaries in the second over bowled by Rahat Ali.
With pacers going for runs, Fakhar Zaman introduced Sandeep Lamichhane into the attack, and the move paid instant dividends. Philip Salt got greedy, took a needless chance and ended planting a catch at mid-on.
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Anton Devcich, Haris Sohail, Riki Wessels (wk), Sohail Akhtar, David Wiese, Agha Salman, Rahat Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sandeep Lamichhane, Haris Rauf
Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Hussain Talat, Cameron Delport, Phil Salt, Muhammad Musa