Opener scores 94 not out in eight-wicket victory in the first playoff against Karachi Kings
Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi played another stunning knock as Islamabad Untied book Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s third edition’s final berth by beating Karachi Kings by eight wickets on Sunday in Dubai.
In the match where both teams had a chance to qualify straight to the final, it was Kings stand-in captain Eoin Morgan who won the toss and opted to bat first.His decision backfired as Kings lost opener Khurram Manzoor and young Babar Azam early. A 29-run partnership between captain Morgan and opener Joe Denly tried to stabilize the ship somewhat. However, young pacer Amad Butt removed Morgan in the ninth over to put United firmly on top in the match.But an 82-run partnership between Denly and Colin Ingram helped the team to register 154 for the loss of four wickets.
Ingram was the star of the show for the Kings side, as he scored 68 not off 39 balls, including one four and six maximums. He was well-supported by Denly, who scored 51 off 46 with the help of four fours and one six.
For Islamabad United, veteran right-arm fast-bowler Mohammad Sami once again was the star of the show, as he claimed figures of two for 20 in his four overs.Chasing 155 was supposed to be a tough task for the Islamabad United side, but Ronchi made easy work of it by smashing 94 not out off just 39 balls, which included 12 fours and five maximums.
He was well-supported by young fellow opener Sahibzada Farhan, who scored 29 off just 18 balls with the help of three glorious sixes. Kings also helped Islamabad United by dropping at least four catches on the night as well.For Karachi, left-arm pacers Usman Khan Shinwari and Tymal Mills claimed a wicket apiece.For his outstanding batting performance, Luke Ronchi was named the player of the match.