Luke Ronchi’s sublime innings helped Islamabad United thrash Karachi Kings by eight wickets in the first playoff  of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on Sunday.

After deciding to bat first, Kings posted a competitive total of 154-4 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to half-centuries from Joe Denly (51 off 46) and Colin Ingram (68 not out off 39).

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For United, right-arm pacer Mohammad Sami claimed two, whereas Faheem Ashraf and Amad Butt claimed a wicket each.

In reply, United chase down the target in the 13th over, courtesy Ronchi’s unbeaten 94 off 39 with the help of 12 fours and five sixes.

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For Kings, pacers Tymal Mills and Usman Khan Shinwari claimed a wicket each.

That’s it from us today. We will join you on Tuesday for the second playoff.

IU 155-2 (12.3 overs)

FOUR! And that’s it. What an emphatic win for United.

Shinwari to continue.

IU 147-2 (12 overs)

Eleven runs and a wicket off the over.

Amir to continue.

IU 136-2 (11 overs)

Twelve runs and a wicket off the over.

Shinwari to continue.

IU 124-1 (10 overs)

Seven off the over.

Afrid to continue.

IU 117-1 (9 overs)

Eighteen off the over.

Mohammad Irfan Jr. to start his new over.

IU 99-1 (8 overs)

Eight off the over.

Afridi to continue.

IU 91-1 (7 overs)

Sixteen runs and a wicket off the over.

Mills to continue.

IU 75-0 (6 overs)

Six off the over.

Amir to continue.

IU 69-0 (5 overs)

Twenty off the over.

Shinwari to continue.

IU 49-0 (4 overs)

Fifteen off the over.

Shahid Afrid to start his new over.

IU 34-0 (3 overs)

Sixteen off the over.

Tymal Mills to start his first over.

IU 18-0 (2 overs)

Four off the over.

Usman Khan Shinwari to start his new over.

IU 14-0 (1 over)

Fourteen off the over.

FOURx2! Great start for Ronchi and United.

Mohammad Amir to start his first over.

So that’s it from the first-half. We will join you for the second session soon.

KK 154-4 (20 overs)

Seventeen off the over.

Ashraf to continue.

KK 137-4 (19 overs)

Four off the over.

Sami to continue.

KK 133-4 (18 overs)

Thirteen runs and a wicket off the over.

Ashraf to start his new over.

KK 120-3 (17 overs)

Nine off the over.

Sami to continue.

KK 111-3 (16 overs)

Fifteen off the over.

Talat to continue.

KK 96-3 (15 overs)

Fifteen off the over.

Ashraf to start his new over.

KK 81-3 (14 overs)

Shadab to continue.

KK 75-3 (13 overs)

Two off the over.

Hussain Talat to start his new over.

KK 73-3 (12 overs)

Eight off the over.

Shadab to continue.

KK 65-3 (11 overs)

Thirteen off the over.

Butt to continue.

KK 52-3 (10 overs)

Three off the over.

Shadab to continue.

KK 49-3 (9 overs)

Three runs and a wicket off the over.

Amad Butt to start his first over.

KK 46-2 (8 overs)

Eight off the over.

Shadab Khan to start his first over.

KK 38-2 (7 overs)

Nine off the over.

Patel to continue.

KK 29-2 (6 overs)

Eight off the over.

Faheem Ashraf to start his first over.

KK 21-2 (5 overs)

Four off the over.

Patel to continue.

KK 17-2 (4 overs)

Two runs and a wicket off the over.

Sami to continue.

KK 15-0 (3 overs)

Eight off the over.

Patel to continue.

KK 7-0 (2 overs)

Five off the over.

Mohammad Sami to start his first over.

KK 2-0 (1 over)

Just two off the over.

Samit Patel to start his first over.

TOSS: The news from the centre is Kings have won the toss and opt to bat/bowl first.