Islamabad United clinched their second Pakistan Super League (PSL) title after a thrilling three-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday. In reply to Peshawar Zalmi's 148/9, Islamabad United chased down the target in 18.5 overs. Riding on a stellar knock by opener Luke Ronchi (54), Islamabad got off to a flying start. Ronchi reached his half-century in only 25 balls. He hit four boundaries and five sixes in the process and was ably supported by Sahibzada Farhan. Ronchi was eventually dismissed for 52 runs after getting caught by Andre Fletcher off Chris Jordan's delivery. Both Ronchi and Farhan gave Islamabad a perfect start as the duo stitched a 96-run partnership for the first wicket. After Ronchi's departure, Peshawar Zalmi fought back with two quick wickets in the 10th and 11th over. Chadwick Walton (0) and skipper Jean-Paul Duminy (2) fell cheaply.
Catch highlights of the PSL 2018 Final between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi straight from Karachi.
00:12 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
00:10 IST: SIX! Faheem Ashraf smokes Riaz for a maximum to help his team win the PSL trophy for the second time in three years.
And the thriller at NSK ends! Congratulations to the #HBLPSL 2018 champions @IsbUnited. WORTHY CHAMPIONS! #SherakiDhaar in Karachi— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018
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00:07 IST: BOWLED! Wahab Riaz castles Talat. Beautiful bowling!
00:06 IST: Scores are level!!!!!
00:05 IST: SIX! Asif Ali clobbers Hasan Ali for back-to-back maximums. They are back right in the game and on the verge of victory.
00:03 IST: SIX! Short delivery from Hasan Ali and Asif Ali smokes him for a maximum.
00:01 IST: 15 overs gone, Islamabad need more 23 runs in 31 balls.
23:52 IST: Islamabad need 33 runs in 36 balls. It is definitely going to a thriller.
23:50 IST: OUT!! Hasan Ali is turning the tide towards his teams' favour. Short delivery from Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan pulls and Chris Jordan pulls off a screamer to give his team another wicket.
23:45 IST: The match is headed towards a nail-biting finish. Hussain Talat is the new man in.
23:44 IST: OUT! Hasan Ali brought back in the attack to get a wicket and he does the job. Samit Patel departs as Hafeez takes a blinder at mid-on.
23:42 IST: Islamabad United 115/4 in 13 overs, need 34 more runs to win.
23:40 IST: Safe! Huge shout for caught behind by Jordan, the umpire turns it down but the players are convinced that the ball nicked the bat. Darren Sammy opts for a review and ultraedge shows that the ball had missed the inside edge and brushed the thigh pad on its way to the keeper.
23:32 IST: OUT! Wahab Riaz bowls a short delivery, Farhan pulls the ball straight to Hasan Ali at deep square leg. Islamabad losing their way after a solid start. They need 37 more runs in 48 balls.
23:28 IST: FOUR! Samit Patel, the new man in, drives Riaz on the up as the ball flies past the man at point for a much needed boundary.
23:23 IST: OUT! Chris Jordan gets his second as JP Duminy chips the ball straight back at him.
23:20 IST: 100 comes up in the 10th over. Islamabad need 49 more runs to win.
23:16 IST: OUT!! Back of a length delivery from Umaid Asif, Chadwick Walton looking to guide the ball on the off-side but drags the ball onto the stumps. Islamabad lose two quick wickets.
23:15 IST: OUT! Luke Ronchi slaps the ball straight to Fletcher at point. A brilliant innings comes to an end. Jordon provides the breakthrough.
23:11 IST: Four! Luke Ronchi guides a Jordon full delivery for a boundary and also brings up his 50! Brilliant batting from Ronchi.
23:09 IST: SIX! Short and wide from Chris Jordan, Farhan stands tall and slaps the ball for a maximum. What a shot!
23:05 IST: FOUR! Farhan welcomes Umaid with a boundary. Islamabad are playing beautiful cricket at the moment.
23:02 IST: FOUR!! Sahibzada Farhan slaps Wahab Riaz straight down the ground. Display of brute force.
22:57 IST: Luke Ronchi is taking the Peshawar Zalmi bowling apart.
Ronchi on @IsbUnited— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) March 25, 2018
22:47 IST: Luke Ronchi is dealing in boundaries right now. He is taking the bowlers to the cleaners as he his hitting boundaries at will.
22:35 IST: SIX! and a SIX! Islamabad United are off to a flier. Luke Ronchi has set the tone of the match with two huge maximums off Hasan Ali.
22:30 IST: Welcome back to the chase.
22:19 IST: Peshawar Zalmi post 148/9 in their 20 overs vs Islamabad United.
22:17 IST: FOUR! Two-in-two for Riaz! Peshawar Zalmi is back in the game. Can they finish the game with a competitive total on board?
22:16 IST: FOUR!! Wahab Riaz is playing a magnificent cameo. Short from Faheem Ashraf and Riaz pulls it with authority for a boundary.
22:12 IST: FOUR! Riaz follows it with a four down the leg-side. Brilliantly played.
22:11 IST: SIX!! Wahab Riaz smokes Sami for a huge maximum straight down the ground.
22:05 IST: OUT! Faheem Ashraf sends Hasan Ali packing. Walton takes a breathtaking catch in the deep.
21:59 IST: Wahab Riaz is the new batsman in.
21:58 IST: CASTLED!! Sami gets his first as Liam Dawson departs for 33.
21:56 IST: FOUR! Short-delivery from Sami and Hasan Ali pulls it away for a boundary.
21:54 IST: Hasan Ali, the new batsman, cautiously plays and denies Shadab a hat-trick. 4 overs to go, Peshawar Zalmi are at 112/7.
21:52 IST: OUT!! Shadab Khan gets two in two. Umaid Asif departs for a duck. The batsman tried to go for the big one, missed and got rapped on the pads. The umpire turned down the appeal but Shadab Khan decided to go for the review and the ball tracker showed that the ball was on line and crashed into the stumps. He is on a hat-trick!!
21:48 IST: OUT!! Shadab Khan gets the big wicket of Sammy. Peshawar Zalmi in trouble now.
21:42 IST: FOUR!! Full and wide, Darren Sammy gets off the mark with a beautiful drive.
21:38 IST: Darren Sammy is the new man in.
21:37 IST: OUT! Hussain Talat gets his second as Saad Nasim departs for 2. Peshawar Zalmi 101/5 in 14.1 overs.
21:34 IST: 100 comes up for Peshawar Zalmi in the 14th over.
21:28 IST: Saad Nasim is the new man in.
21:27 IST: OUT! Hussain Talat follows up with a slower delivery, Jordon goes for the big one but manages to send the ball down the throat of JP Duminy.
21:26 IST: SIX! Full and wide from Hussain Talat and Jordon slaps it over covers for a maximum.
21:23 IST: The boundaries have dried up. Peshawar Zalmi need boundaries at the moment to take them to a competitive score. Peshawar 83/3 in 12 overs.
21:13 IST: Peshawar Zalmi 73/3 after 10 overs. Jordon and Dawson have steadied the innings after three early wickets.
21:11 IST: SIX!! Jordon is taking the attack to the opposition. Stands tall, clears his front foot and smokes Shadab for a huge maximum straight down the ground.
21:08 IST: SIX! Short of a length delivery from Faheem and Liam Dawson pulls it with authority for a maximum. The Zalmis are getting back on track.
21:03 IST: SIX! Chris Jordon reads the short-delivery early, gets into position, and clobbers the ball for a mammoth maximum over the cow-corner boundary. A much-needed boundary for the Zalmis.
20:57 IST: OUT!! Shadab Khan traps Andre Fletcher in front of the wicket with a quicker delivery. Peshawar lose three quick wickets.
20:53 IST: Peshawar Zalmi 36/2 after five overs.
20:51 IST: FOUR! Chris Jordan, the new man, drives Samit Patel to get off the mark. Beautiful shot from the right-hander.
20:50 IST: OUT!! The batsman hurries on the chip and ends up guiding the ball back to the bowler, who dives to his left to take a good catch. Samit Patel gets his second.
20:47 IST: SIX! Couple of steps down the wicket and Hafeez guides the ball over cow corner for a maximum.
20:46 IST: Four! Length delivery from Sami, Fletcher lifts him over mid-on for a boundary.
20:42 IST: Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.
20:41 IST: OUT!! A huge shout for LBW from Samit Patel, the umpire raises his figure and Kamran Akmal goes for the review. Ball tracker shows the ball pitching in line and hitting the stumps. Peshawar lose their first wicket.
20:40 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries from Fletcher off Patel. Pressure on the bowler now.
20:37 IST: Peshawar Zalmi 2/0 after the second over. A slow start from the batsmen.
20:32 IST: After the end of the first over, Peshawar Zalmi are 1/0.
20:30 IST: Samit Patel is opening the bowling for Islamabad United. Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher are opening the batting for Peshawar Zalmi.
20:05 IST: Playing XIs:
Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi (w), Sahibzada Farhan, Chadwick Walton, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami, Amad Butt
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal (w), Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Darren Sammy(c), Liam Dawson, Umaid Asif, Chris Jordan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sameen Gul
20:00 IST: Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy wins toss, elects to bat.
19:35 IST: With the show over, the players are on the field practicing.
19:30 IST: With the opening performances still happening, the toss is delayed.
19:15 IST: Darren Sammy is dancing on the stage. This final is surely special for the fans.
19:09 IST: The iconic band Strings are up on the stage.
19:05 IST: The audiences are enjoying the live performances.
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Sab Mil Ke Josh Dikhain Gey...
Yeh Sheher Barhy Dil Walon Ka...
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18:45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the PSL 2018 final.
Karachi lost opener Mukhtar Ahmed in the second over, however, Babar Azam and Joe Denly came together to string a 117-run stand for the second wicket. But the pace of the partnership was too slow and meant that Karachi fell short, and embarrassingly with as many as 8 wickets in hand. Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by a single run in the first eliminator. They went on to qualify for the final by beating Karachi Kings by 13 runs.