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Ronchi blitz takes Islamabad United to third position with convincing win over Lahore

Luke Ronchi came up with another match-winning performance
Luke Ronchi came up with another match-winning performance

Islamabad United 164-4 (Ronchi 77) beat
Lahore Qalandars 163-8 (Devcich 62) by six wickets
18th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Luke Ronchi continued his impressive form with another 77-run knock as Islamabad United chased down 164 against Lahore Qalandars comfortably by six wickets in the 18th game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Islamabad United won the toss and decided to bowl first. Fakhar Zaman (34) and Anton Devcich (62) scored three boundaries and two sixes in the powerplay phase as they raced to 49 for naught in the powerplay phase.

JP Duminy (1-38) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Zaman caught behind but Devcich completed his half-century off 27 deliveries as Lahore Qalandars reached 94 for one at the halfway mark.

A triple strike from Faheem Ashraf (3-32) dented Lahore's momentum with the wickets of Devcich, Denesh Ramdin (9) and Sunil Narine (6) and as they were struggling to get a decent total on the board, 12-ball cameo from Brendon McCullum (33 not out) that had two boundaries and three sixes helped them post 163 for eight in the 20 overs

In the chase, Duminy (21) and Ronchi (77) got the team off to a blistering start scoring 40 runs off the first four overs. Even though Duminy fell, Ronchi struck three more maximums to complete a 23-ball fifty while the promotion of Shadab Khan (32) also helped Islamabad as they duo shared 87 runs between them to put them in course of victory.

Even though Narine (3-28) kept Lahore in the hope, Misbah-ul-Haq (12 not out) helped Islamabad United complete the chase in 17.4 overs with six wickets in hand.

The win has taken Islamabad United to the third position in the table while Lahore continue to languish at the bottom after suffering their sixth defeat in as many games.

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