After restricting Peshawar Zalmi to 168/6, Islamabad United chased the target down in just 15.5 overs for a mine-wicket win in their Pakistan Super League match.
Alex Hales and Paul Stirling struck blistering half centuries as two-time champion Islamabad United inflicted a crushing nine-wicket defeat on Peshawar Zalmi in their opening Pakistan Super League game on Sunday.
Hales hammered 13 fours and a six in his belligerent unbeaten 82 off 54 balls and Stirling was even more ruthless in scoring 57 off just 25 deliveries as Islamabad cruised to 172-1 in 15.5 overs and handed Peshawar their heaviest ever defeat in the PSL when batting first.
Islamabad followed the template of chasing after winning the toss and had earlier restricted Peshawar to 168-6. All five games in this season have won by the teams chasing.