Yesterday, the Quetta Gladiators beat the Lahore Qalanders by 2 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
Over 400 runs were scored, 58 boundaries were struck and 4 fifties were struck in Dubai and in the end Mohammed Nabi emerged as a hero for the Gladiators striking a last ball 4 to guide his team over the line. After 39 overs of a high-scoring thriller that tilted one way and then another, the equation was simple Gladiators needed 15 off six balls. Qalandars needed two wickets or at the very least, some dot balls.
The Qalanders got off to a set start to the last over as Zohaib Khan drilled in a yorker to Nabi and 15 was needed of 5. As everything was going well, Nabi struck a 4 and then a 6 to bring the game back to the Gladiators. Then, Nabi and Zulfiqar Baber exchanged singles on the fourth and fifth ball which then took the game to a thrilling finish as 3 runs were needed of the last ball. Nabi hit a four on a wide ball by Zohaib Khan to finish the game.
Before Nabi came to the rescue, many other vital contributions were made such as Kevin Pieterson set things into motion as his first 5 balls went for fours from Ehsan Adil. That blast was well needed for the Gladiators. Bismillah Khan made 55 of 30 balls in a partnership of 73 with Pieterson but the Gladiators were dealt a double-blow when both he and Pietersen were dismissed off successive balls from Dwayne Bravo in the ninth over, tilting the game Lahore’s way.
However, the runs kept flowing, as Kumar Sangakkara and Sarfraz Ahmed pitched in with a handy 61-run partnership to keep the Gladiators in sight of the target. Ehsan Adil dealt the team quick blows on his way to picking up 4 for 39, but thankfully for the Gladiators, Nabi was on hand to script a stunning turnaround.
Earlier, in the day, the Qalander’s 201 was built on rapid half centuries from Chris Gayle, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal. They began with a 108-run opening stand between Gayle and Azhar; Gayle was unsurprisingly the quicker of the two, slamming a 34-ball 60 which featured six sixes.
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