PSL-4: Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by seven-wicket


DUBAI: Shane Watson and Umar Akmal played a marvellous knock to comfortably take Quetta Gladiators home in 158-run target against Islamabad United in the first fixture of the day at the Dubai International Stadium.
Ruman Raees and Samit Patel picked early wickets for Islamabad United as Quetta Gladiators continued to dominate in their chase of 158.
Patel sent Ahmed Shehzad packing for two while Raees sent Rilee Rossouw for 10 after Gladiators won the toss and elected to field at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sohail Tanvir starred for Quetta in the first innings after picking up four wickets including the all-important wicket of Luke Ronchi who went back to the pavilion after being caught first ball. Tanvir next sent Shadab Khan packing after taking a sharp catch off his own bowling.
This was followed by Mohammad Nawaz trapping Rizwan Hussain for three, leaving United reeling at eight-3 at the end of five overs.
Fawad Ahmed added to United’s misery by taking the wicket of Cameron Delport (19) who was caught brilliantly by Tanvir, Hussain Talat (30) and Faheem Ashraf (1) to leave United six down.
Just as Asif Ali stabilised the innings for United, he was caught in the deep end by Nawaz for 36.
Wayne Parnell’s blistering 41 of 20 came to an end after helping Islamabad to reach a competitive total of 157.
Islamabad United
Ronchi, Rizwan Hussain, Delport, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Sami (captain), Rumman Raees
Quetta Gladiators
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Smith, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Shane Watson, Ghulam Mudassar, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Fawad Ahmed


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