KARACHI - Islamabad United dominated with the bat and ball as they defeated defending champions Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets on Sunday to lift the trophy of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.
The highlight of the match was United opener Luke Ronchi's rapid 52 of 26 deliveries, making Zalmi's fighting total off 148 runs look relatively easy.
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 history of the tournament.
In the middle of the game Peshawar pacers brought their team back into the game after opener Luke Ronchi's rapid half-century helped Islamabad close in on a 149-run target in the final match of the Pakistan Super League 2018 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
United opener Ronchi fired all cannons as he scored 52 of 26 deliveries, making Zalmi's fighting total of 148 runs look relatively easy. But wickets in quick succession by the Zalmi bowlers brought the defending champions back into the game.
Ronchi was dismissed by Chris Jordan in the ninth over, while Sahibzada Farhan scored 44 before being sent back to the pavilion by Wahab Riaz.
Late blitz by fast bowler Wahab Riaz lifted Peshawar Zalmi to a fighting total of 148 runs against Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League final.
The tailender offered resistance to the JP Duminy-led team with his 28-runs off 14 balls innings, in which he scored four boundaries and one six to give a margin to the 'Men in Yellow' bowlers.