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02 December 2023

PSL T20: Islamabad United win after record partnership in Sharjah

By Cricket Correspondent

Spectacular half centuries from Shane Watson (79) and Sharjeel Khan (79 not out) saw Islamabad United thrash Lahore Qalandars by eight wickets in the Match 9 of the PSL at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

The openers shared a record PSL stand of 153 as Islamabad notched their second win after easily chasing down a target of 167.

Islamabad replied with 169-2 in 15.5 overs with Sharjeel hammering two consecutive sixes as they raced to victory.

United's stand-in captain Watson bludgeoned seven sixes and four boundaries in his 47-ball knock while Sharjeel also hammered seven sixes and five boundaries in his blistering innings.

Islamabad innings

Sharjeel smashes a couple of sixes off Adil as Islamabad thumped Lahore by eight wickets.

Russell holes to the man on the boundary with 10 needed to win. United 157-2, 15.1 overs.

Andre Russell c Umar Akmal b Ehsan Adil 2 (5b)

The record PSL opening partnership of 153 comes to an end as Watson has a swing at Adil and is caught behind on the leg side. United 153-1, 13.4 overs.

Shane Watson c Rizwan b Ehsan Adil 79 (47b 4x4 7x6)

Cooper has gone for 25 with Watson hitting a boundary and a couple of huge sixes. United 144-0, 12 overs.

Another one goes sailing into the stadium roof as Watson blasts his fifth six. United 119-0, 11 overs.

It's raining boundaries in Sharjah as Sharjeel completes his half century by slapping Zohaib for a six over extra cover and a boundary.

Watson brings up the 100 in 10.1 overs by slamming Zohaib for another straight six to bring up his half century.

United are in cruise control as there is no stopping Watson who clubs Mendis down the ground for another six. United 94-0, 10 overs.

Watson is turning it on sweeping Mendis and Zohaib for a boundary each. United 79-0, 9 overs.

Watson has clobbered Gohar for a towering 104-metre six over long leg. United 65-0, 7 overs.

Watson not to be outdone flays Gohar for a six over midwicket. United 52-0, 5 overs.

Sharjeel has whacked Adil out of the ground over backward square leg followed by a couple of boundaries also on the leg and another straight six. United 44-0, 4 overs.

Watson (12) survives as Delport drops a skier. United 24-0, 3 overs.

Sharjeel slams the extra ball bowled by Bravo to long-on for a massive six as Islamabad begin chasing 167. United 14-0, 1 over.

Lahore innings

Rizwan slams five boundaries and three sixes in his 27-ball 50 to power Qalandars to 166-6 after being put into bat by Shane Watson.

Kevin Cooper c & b Rumman Raees 0 (1b)

Rizwan completes a 27-ball half century.

Bravo is run out off a direct hit. Qaland 149-5, 18.4 overs.

Dwayne Bravo run out 26 (17b 3x4)

Rizwan is on fire slamming plundering a six and a couple of boundaries off Raees. Qalan 136-4, 17 overs.

Rizwan gives Ghulam the charge and swat him for a boundary to bring up the 100 in 14 overs.

Akmal is gone as Khalid gets him for the second time trapping him leg before. Qalan 89-4, 12.3 overs.

Umar Akmal lbw b Imran Khalid 23 (23b 2x6)

Ajmal strikes as Yasin nicks one behind attempting a cut shot. Qalan 87-3, 11.4 overs.

Naved Yasin c Haddin b Ajmal 25 (28b 2x4 1x6)

Akmal launches a flighted delivery from Ajmal into the roof of the Sharjah stadium.

Yasin has pulled a short ball from Raees to the backward square leg fence. Qalan 80-2, 11 overs.

Akmal rides his luck after surviving a close leg before shout off Khalid and gets into his stride by slamming Watson over midwicket for a towering six. Qalan 69-2, 9 overs.

Double strike by Sami trapping Azhar leg before after being smashed for a couple of boundaries. Qalan 46-2, 6 overs.

Azhar Ali lbw b Sami 27 (18b 5x4)

Yasin opens his account with a judicious cover drive off Sami to the fence. Qaland 24-1, 3 overs.

Sami draws first blood nipping one back to left-hander Delport whose stumps are rattled. Qaland 20-1, 2.1 overs.

Cameron Delport b Sami 3 (4b)

Azhar gets into his stride quickly with a couple of boundaries off Watson flicking to fline leg and crashing him through the covers. Qaland 20-0, 2 overs.

Watson has won the toss and Islamabad United will bowl against Lahore Qalandars in Match 9 of PSL as the action moves to Sharjah for the first time on Wednesday.

Shane Watson leads Islamabad United the absence of Misbah ul Haq who failed a fitness test.

Ajmal's three-wicket haul helped Islamabad win a last-ball thriller, while Umar Akmal powered Lahore to their first points.

Islamabad United: Amad Butt, Ashar Zaidi, Babar Azam, SW Billings, BJ Haddin, Hussain Talat, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, AD Russell, Saeed Ajmal, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Amin, SR Watson

Lahore Qalandars: Abdul Razzaq, Adnan Rasool, Azhar Ali, DJ Bravo, CS Delport, Ehsan Adil, CH Gayle, Hammad Azam, BAW Mendis, Mohammad Rizwan, Naved Yasin, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Zafar Gohar, Zohaib Khan