Islamabad United dominated the final match and defeated the defending champions Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets on Sunday to lift the trophy of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.
New Zealander Luke Ronchi entertained cricket-starved fans in Karachi with a blistering half-century. United opener Luke Ronchi’s rapid 52 of 26 deliveries, made Zalmi’s fighting total off 148 runs look relatively easy.
“I’ve just batted with a clear mind, amazing how things work out if you do that,” Ronchi said in the post-match ceremony.
Peshawar pacers appeared to have brought their team back into the game in the late over as Islamabad wickets fell in quick succession, but some late hitting by Asif Ali helped United make it over the finishing line for the second time in the three-year history of the tournament.
Tight security measures were in place for the PSL final with a huge crowd of spectators present at the National Stadium Karachi. At least 8,000 security personnel that also included armed soldiers guarded the 27,000 capacity National Stadium
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who was the chief guest on the occasion was present in the National stadium and enjoyed the revival of international cricket in Karachi after nine years.
“I’m pretty confident that this will be the start of cricket coming back to Pakistan,” said Duminy, who led Islamabad in the absence of injured regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq. “I’ve certainly enjoyed my time here … and I’m sure you will see lot of us here back next year.”
Thank you people of Pakistan and my @IsbUnited family for an amazing couple of weeks. Most definitely a career highlight. To my teammates and support staff you guys were outstanding. Thanks for the memories. #PakistanZindaBaad #UnitedWeWin #PSL2018Champions pic.twitter.com/ISXz9QjcLh
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) March 26, 2018