Pakistan Super League : Quetta Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Report By Syed Mudassar ( Cheif Editor Dubai Post )
Nawaz finished with stunning figures of 4-13 off four overs to help restrict Islamabad to just 7-128 – a score that would have been worse if not for some big hitting late in the innings from captain Misbah-ul-Haq (41 off 28) and Sydney Thunder’s West Indian sensation Andre Russell (35 off 20).
However the runs were nowhere near enough to stop the Gladiators from storming to victory with eight wickets to spare.
Englishman Luke Wright, who plays for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, was the standout batsman with 86 runs from just 53 balls, an innings that featured 11 fours and four sixes.
Pietersen was trapped lbw by Pakistani journeyman Imran Khalid before Nawaz returned to cap a memorable game by scoring 22 not out as Quetta cruised to victory with four overs remaining.
|Islamabad United innings (20 overs maximum)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|SR Watson||b Mohammad Nawaz||15||27||1||0||55.55|
|Sharjeel Khan||c Mohammad Nabi b Zulfiqar Babar||10||11||0||1||90.90|
|Umar Amin||c Wright b Umar Gul||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Babar Azam||c Mohammad Nabi b Mohammad Nawaz||15||18||1||0||83.33|
|SW Billings†||b Mohammad Nawaz||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Misbah-ul-Haq*||c Umar Gul b Anwar Ali||41||28||4||1||146.42|
|Imran Khalid||c Mohammad Nabi b Mohammad Nawaz||4||6||0||0||66.66|
|AD Russell||not out||35||20||4||2||175.00|
|S Badree||not out||2||2||0||0||100.00|
|Total||(7 wickets; 20 overs)||128||(6.40 runs per over)|
Did not batMohammad Irfan, Rumman Raees
Fall of wickets 1-21 (Sharjeel Khan, 4.6 ov), 2-24 (Umar Amin, 6.2 ov), 3-28 (Watson, 7.6 ov), 4-32 (Billings, 9.1 ov), 5-56 (Babar Azam, 12.5 ov), 6-63 (Imran Khalid, 14.2 ov), 7-120 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 18.5 ov)
|Mohammad Nawaz (3)||4||0||13||4||3.25|
|Quetta Gladiators innings (target: 129 runs from 20 overs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|LJ Wright||not out||86||53||11||4||162.26|
|Ahmed Shehzad||c & b Imran Khalid||11||9||2||0||122.22|
|KP Pietersen||lbw b Imran Khalid||8||12||0||0||66.66|
|Mohammad Nawaz (3)||not out||22||22||1||0||100.00|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 3)||5|
|Total||(2 wickets; 16 overs)||132||(8.25 runs per over)|
Did not batSarfraz Ahmed*†, Anwar Ali, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, E Chigumbura, Mohammad Nabi, Akbar-ur-Rehman
Fall of wickets 1-53 (Ahmed Shehzad, 4.3 ov), 2-73 (Pietersen, 8.4 ov)