Lahore Qalandar easily protected a win against Islamabad United by chasing a target of 158 runs in fourth match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Jason Roy did 60 off 51 and helped Lahore Qalandars reach the target of 159 runs with 10 balls to spare. Roy was well supported by Umar Akmal who scored 35 off 26 deliveries with the help of two sixes and three boundaries. Both Akmal and Roy added 71 runs for the third wicket.
Captain Brendon McCullum scored 25 off 10 deliveries while Sunil Narine scored 26 runs to help Qalandars reached the target in 18.2 overs.
Earlier, sent into bat, the scandal-hit Islamabad went off to a good start as Sam Billings Dwayne Smith provided an opening stand of 73 runs in 9.1 overs.
Misbah ul Haq, the United skipper, smashed a brilliant half century, with five sixes and three fours for 37 ball 61, which boosted Islamabad’s score to 158 for 7 in 20 overs. Misbah’s heroic innings helped United score 56 runs in last five overs.
Sam Billings scored 37 off 28 runs, while Smith added 31 off 29. For Lahore Qalandars, Grant Elliot got four wickets for 23 runs, while Sohail Tanvir and Sunil Narine got one wicket separately.