Jason Roy produced a stellar display with the bat to see his side Lahore Qalandars get their first win of the competition with a six-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators. Lahore paced their innings well as they were able to knock off the runs in the 18th over with Roy unbeaten till the end. He scored 60 runs off 51 balls and added 71 runs with Umar Akmal to put his side in a commanding position in the game.
The Qalandars will be pleased to win this one after losing the plot in the first game against Quetta Gladiators. Roy held the innings together for his side and played a sensible one against United to make sure there were no hiccups this time around. He had a slice of luck going his way as he looked fidgety against the spin of Saeed Ajmal and was nearly stumped off his bowling. He managed to survive the period of struggle to unearth a range of strokes to see his side maintain a good pace in the game and chase a score of 158 runs posted by Islamabad United.
Earlier in the game, Islamabad United got off to a decent start as openers Dwayne Smith and Sam Billings put on a 70-run partnership. Once openers departed, there was a dramatic twist in the tale as the side suffered a collapse being placed at 114 for 4 with Grant Elliott taking four wickets with his gentle medium pace. Misbah-ul-Haq played well in spite of all the chaos around him in the middle order and was able to churn out a crucial half century to see his side post a respectable total on the board. Misbah remained unbeaten till the end as he top-scored for United with 61 runs off 36 balls. Elliott turned out to be quite a revelation with the ball in hand taking four wickets and conceding 23 runs.
Islamabad United with this loss would need to dig deep after being embroiled in the latest spot-fixing scandal that the saw franchise’s main players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif being handed out suspension after accusations of having link ups with bookies prior to the start of the tournament. Lahore Qalandars would be relieved with this win as they would be looking to go from strength to strength as the competition moves ahead in the coming weeks.