Sam Billing steals the show with the bat to see Islamabad United topple Quetta Gladiators by five wickets

The reigning champions showed resilience on the field after being in the middle of spot fixing saga that saw the involvement of two Islamabad players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif suspended and sent back in alleged links with bookies to fix events during the second edition of the league.

Sam Billings filled the void of Sharjeel Khan in a spectacular fashion as he scored a splendid unbeaten 78 runs to take his to win the game by five wickets against formidable opponents like Quetta Gladiators. Islamabad managed to close out the chase in the last over of the innings to see the go third in the table with two wins out of three games played so far in the league.

Billing started the chase well with wide range of strokes to produce regular boundaries. Dwayne Smith departed early after being clean bowled by left arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz. Brad Haddin came in and could not produce anything as Nawaz also got the better of him in the game to see claim his second wicket of the innings. Hasan Khan also took the out big gun as Misbah-ul-Haq fell for a low score to leave Islamabad United in a tricky situation at 72 for 3.Shane Watson came to the crease and provided Billings with the stability required at the time to keep the side in the frame to win the game.

Billings remained till the end to guide his side to well-deserved win over Quetta Gladiators and was not perturbed by the fall of Watson and Asif at the other end. Earlier in the game, Quetta Gladiators posted 149 runs from 20 overs as Asad Shafiq top scored for the side with 45 runs. Mahmudullah and Thisara Perera provided much needed runs at the end to see the side register a competitive score on the board.

Islamabad United are now equal on points with Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators while Kings are still lying at the bottom with no wins out of three games played in the competition.


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