On the 4th of February, The Gladiators beat United by 8 wickets. Here is the ball-by-analysis and scorecard.
The PSL has become the pipeline for the young and emerging players to come to the stage and show what their talent to the world. That is a what 21 year old spinning all-rounder Mohammed Nawaz did by taking 4 for 13 to set up a 8 wicket win for The Gladiators against United.
The Pakistani cricket fans have waited for a T-20 league for a long time and the extensive opening ceremony made them wait some more and the match started at 6:15 pm CET. The Gladiator’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed chose to bowl first and proved that it was the right decision to make. The new bowl bowlers kept United tied up for much of the innings. None of the top 5 batsman crossed 15 and Nawaz was the reason they didn’t.
Nawaz had already shown his talent for the Pakistan A team against the England Lions by taking 11 wickets from 5 matches and made a half-century as well in Dubai at the ICC Academy.
United were 63 for 6 when their captain Misbah and Andre Russel came in to smash 57 of 27 balls to give some chance of winning to the United. Russel caned Umar Gul for 3 fours and a six in the 18th over and Misbah carved Anwar Ali for 3 fours in the 19th over. Anwar had bowled a maiden to kick start the HBL PSL.
Still a chase that was barely over run-a-ball asks very little of batsmen and when someone from the top order scores a half-century off 31 balls, the result becomes quite apparent. Luke Wright finished unbeaten with 86 off 53 balls with 11 fours and four sixes to wrap the match up with 24 balls to spare.
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