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Islamabad United claim top position with 26-run win over Peshawar

JP Duminy came up with a man of the match performance
JP Duminy came up with a man of the match performance

Islamabad United 182-5 (Duminy 73no) beat
Peshawar Zalmi 156-9 (Samit 4-34) by 26 runs
21st game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 73 run knock while Samit Patel followed it with a four-wicket haul as Islamabad United completed a 26-run win over Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai to claim the top position in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

Chasing 183 for a win, Kamran Akmal (22) got Peshawar Zalmi off to a promising start as they managed 32 runs in the first four overs.

Samit (4-34) provided the initial breakthrough when he trapped Akmal LBW and runs slowed down considerably for Peshawar as they managed just 11 runs off the next three overs.

Any chance of them making an impact was dented by a double strike from the eighth over when Samit castled both Andre Fletcher (19) and Dwayne Smith (8) and at halfway mark, Peshawar were positioned 69 for three.

Zafar Gohar (3-25) put Peshawar into further trouble when he castled Liam Dawson (1) and Darren Sammy (0) in the 12th over and followed it with the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez (13) as they were reduced to 92 for eight.

Late contributions from Wahab Riaz (33 not out) and Umaid Asif (25) with their 55-run stand for the ninth wicket helped Peshawar post 156 for nine, but their efforts went in vain as they succumbed to a 26-run defeat as they languish at the fifth position in the table.

Earlier, Luke Ronchi (27) started the Islamabad United innings with a blistering start scoring six boundaries in the first five overs before Hussain Talat (29) joined Duminy (73 not out).

With the 100-run mark reached in the 13th over, a strong platform was laid for the middle order. Duminy completed his fifty off 42 deliveries and batted all the way through while Asif Ali (45) with his 24-ball knock proving decisive to take Islamabad United to 182 for five in their 20 overs.

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