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Ronchi slams 94 off 39 as Islamabad United reach final of PSL with convincing win over Karachi Kings

Luke Ronchi continued his rich vein of form
Luke Ronchi continued his rich vein of form

Islamabad United 155-2 (Ronchi 94no) beat
Karachi Kings 154-4 (Ingram 68no) by eight wickets
Qualifier, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Luke Ronchi continued his scintillating form with 94 runs off just 39 deliveries as Islamabad United completed a chase of 155 runs in the 13th over with eight wickets in hand against Karachi Kings in Dubai to reach the final of the Pakistan Super League that will be played in Karachi.

Karachi Kings will now face the winner of the Eliminator 1 contest between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators scheduled to be played in Lahore on Tuesday.

Karachi won the toss and decided to bat first but things did not go per plan for them as Mohammad Sami (2-20) produced a double strike to dismiss Khurram Manzoor (6) and Babar Azam (0) early. Karachi ended the powerplay with a score of 29 for two.

Eoin Morgan (21) tried to consolidate the innings but eventually holed out to mid-wicket to give Amad Butt (1-16) a wicket and Karachi looked in deep trouble with a score of 52 for three at the halfway mark.

Joe Denly (51) and Colin Ingram (68 not out) provided the much-needed impetus with their 82-run stand that came off just 57 deliveries. Ingram was the aggressor among the two despite starting the innings cautiously.

Ingram struck four boundaries and a six in the last five overs as both he and Denly went past their respective half-centuries as Karachi Kings recovered and went on to post 154 for four in the 20 overs.

Ronchi (94 not out) exerted pressure on the Karachi bowlers right from the start as he completed a record 19-ball half-century which is also the fastest in the history of the PSL. He hit seven boundaries and four sixes in the powerplay to take the score to 75 for naught in the first six overs.

Even though Sahibzada Farhan (29) and Alex Hales (14) were dismissed, Ronchi ensured there was no looking back as he plundered 12 boundaries and five sixes in his unbeaten 39 ball knock to help Islamabad United complete the chase in 12.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.

This was also Ronchi's fourth half-century in last six games as he bagged another man of the match award.

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