All-rounder Ben Cutting’s late blitz helped Quetta Gladiators complete a comfortable win over Islamabad United in the 9th match of 2020 Pakistan Super League at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. With this result, Quetta Gladiators go top of the points table.
The day started with Quetta Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed winning the toss and opting to bowl first. Naseem Shah got rid of Luke Ronchi, who was looking good in his innings. Dawid Malan also failed to capitalize on his good start and was dismissed Naseem Shah to reduce Islamabad to 36 for 2 after 4 overs. Colin Munro got the side off to a decent start and scored a brisk 31 runs off 20 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Captain Shadab Khan once again at no.4 in the batting order and produced a splendid partnership of 76 runs with Colin Munro to put Islamabad United in a strong position to post a daunting score on the board.
South African Colin Ingram was the standout performer with the bat for Islamabad United. Left-hander scored 63 not out off 40 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Shadab Khan proved to be ideal partner at the other and. He scored 39 runs off 25 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Asif Ali also chipped in with decent cameo to help Islamabad United post 187 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
For Quetta Gladiators, pacer Naseem Shah was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 23 in his four overs. Left-arm quick Tymal Mills also picked up two wickets.
In reply, Quetta Gladiators got off to a decent start due to 41-run partnership with Jason Roy and Shane Watson.
Shane Watson once again failed to make an impression with the bat and perished in the 4th over of the innings. Ahmed Shehzad looked positive at the crease and smashed two sixes but Shadab Khan dismissed him to see Quetta lose their second wicket with 63 runs on the board.
Rookie Azam Khan suffered a rare failure to see Gladiators placed in a tricky situation at 79 for 3 after 9.4 overs.
Jason Roy played well and smashed 50 runs off 38 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. He was dismissed by Ahmed Saifi Abdullah to see United make a comeback into the contest.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed led the fightback for Quetta Gladiators and produced a brisk 33 runs off 20 balls with the help of five boundaries.
Ben Cutting and Mohammad Nawaz put on a match-winning partnership of 57 runs to help Quetta Gladiators register a comfortable win over Islamabad United. Cutting produced a blistering cameo of 42 not out off 17 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes. He was well supported by Mohammad Nawaz, who chipped in with 25 runs off 20 balls with the help of three boundaries.
For Islamabad United, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 17 in his three overs.