Yesterday, the Dubai International Stadium was lit up with 2 types of fireworks as Islamabad United beat the Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.
After the start of the final was lit up with fireworks, Dwayne Smith produced a equal in the cricketing sense for United to go over the line by scoring 73 of 51 balls. Smith’s efforts were enough to chase down a pretty defendable total of 175 set by the Gladiators with help from Kumar Sangakara and Ahmed Shehzad who both scored fluent fifties. Captain of the United compared the road to victory of them to the ´92 World Cup which Pakistan surprisingly won in the end. A flick past midwicket by Misbah ul Haq sparked off wild celebrations.
Smith struggled to get bat on ball in the 3rd qualifier but this time it looked like he was playing a totally different game as he struck consecutive fours on his 2nd and 3rd ball. He then continued his boundary hitting stride in the next over bowled by Nathan McCullum with a brace of boundaries. Nathan did pick up the wicket of the centurion of the PSL, Sharjeel Khan, but Smith continued like nothing had ever happened and raised a fifty of just 32 balls.
Smith was dismissed by a top-edge which went to Kevin Pieterson in the 16th over but Brad Haddin came in next who scored a measured knock of 61 off 39 balls bringing up his 3rd fifty of the tournament. United ultimately won emphatically with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
United began on the front foot when they were bowling as well, when Mohammed Irfan took the wicket of Bismillah Khan producing his second ‘anda’ of the tournament. Pieterson cam in next, who was playing his 3rd T20 final of the season after the Big Bash League and Ram Slam T20. He promised to show his attributes before he was caught of 18 on the bowling of Andre Russel at square leg; Asif Ali taking a good catch.
When Sangakara was caught out for 55 at at long-on of the bowling of Russel and then started the flurry of wickets as the Gladiators lost 4 in 4 overs at the death. Anwar Ali swung wildly and connected a six before he became Russell’s third victim. It meant that Russell went past Wahab Riaz to finish as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps. Grant Elliott lifted the last ball of the innings for a six but Quetta’s joy was short-lived.
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