Islamabad’s Juggernaut continued to roll as Misbah and co. completed their sixth win on the trot at Sharjah.
Islamabad United seems to be unstoppable at the moment as they notched up their six consecutive win on the bounce by defeating Quetta Gladiators by six wickets. Jean-Paul Duminy came good for the side with the bat and produced a match-winning knock to see Islamabad United cruise to a comfortable win with 10 balls to spare.
Quetta Gladiators, who have already sealed their place in the playoffs, did not quite produce their best cricket. If Karachi Kings win their game tomorrow against Islamabad that will see Quetta drop down to third place in the points table.
Chasing a modest total set by Quetta, Luke Ronchi was dismissed for a low score. Duminy played sensibly to build the innings with Alex Hales. The duo batted well for United to add 45 runs for the side. Hales departed for 16 but Duminy looked at complete control at the crease to notch up yet another half-century. Shadab Khan and Hussain Talat produced brisk cameos to see Islamabad United win the game in the 18th over of the innings.
Earlier in the day, Islamabad United set the tone with the ball. Left-arm spinner Samit Patel dismissed Shane Watson in the third over of the innings.
Jason Roy also could not last any longer as he also perished inside Power play to see Gladiators lose 2 wickets with 36 runs on the board. Kevin Pietersen also did not produce his best with the bat to leave Sarfaraz Ahmed all to do in the game.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed played well and kept his side in the game. He went after Hussain Talat and smashed two fours and a six after a slow start to his innings. Umar Amin proved to be an ideal foil for Sarfaraz as the duo added 64 runs for the second wicket. Sarfaraz Ahmed was dismissed at a crucial moment that saw Quetta lose momentum at the back end of the innings.
Rilee Rossouw and Hasan Ali added quick runs at the end to see Quetta Gladiators post a modest total on the board. Faheem Ashraf was the star of the show with the ball in hand as he finished with 3 for 19 from his four overs.