Today, the Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by 7 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
After being demolished by Umar Akmal in their last game, the Gladiators bounced back with a punishing win against United. The victory meant that the Gladiators took the top spot from Zalmi at Sharjah. The Quetta bowlers vindicated Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bowl by knocking over Islamabad for 117 in 19.1 overs. Sarfraz himself then led the chase with a typically busy fifty.
New Zealand all rounder Grant Elliot, who had cracked a fifty at Seddon Park 3 days ago struck with 2 wickets in 2 balls. . Brad Haddin was first stumped by a canny back-of-the-hand slow roller, and then Sam Billings was trapped leg-before. The Gladiator’s quick blow brought them to the top once again after a quick start from Shane Watson.
The slide seeped into the lower order as well, with Imran Khalid’s 18 being the second-best score, following Watson’s 28-ball 40. The pitch had slowed down considerably, but Islamabad’s shot selection was iffy. Each of Gladiator’s six bowlers punched his name into the wickets column, Elliott being the best with figures of 3 for 25.
Andre Russel who had only managed 10 of 13 with the bat, got the Gladiator’s 3 with a double strike. Sarfaraz, however sealed an opening partnership which was built on Ahmed Shehzad’s 41 got the game with 7 wickets and 23 balls to spare.
Sarfraz largely profited from sweeps and pulls during his unbeaten 51 off 39 balls, including six fours. Mohammad Nawaz, meanwhile, scratched his way to 14 not out off 21 balls, despite repeatedly getting beaten outside off by Saeed Ajmal.
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