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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets, win PSL 2018: As it happened

Peshawar Zalmi looked like they might be able to make an unlikely comeback defending a target of 149 but Asif Ali's hat-trick of sixes helped Islamabad United win a second PSL title.

Luke Ronchi smashed 52 off 26 balls to set up Islamabad’s win. (Source: PSL Twitter)

What a match it turned out to be in the end. It can’t be called the best of T20 cricket in terms of batting technique, although what Luke Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan did in first half of the Islamabad United innings was the best you would find anywhere. After that, though, it was a different match altogether. Islamabad, who looked so solid throughout this final, suddenly looked jittery and were playing the rashest of shots. While the required rate was never really a problem, their tendency to lose wickets certainly was. Asif Ali then smashed a hat-trick of sixes off Wahab Riaz in the 16th over to practically finish the match. Islamabad did take their time to score that last run but they did get there eventually.