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Quetta Gladiators 156/7 (20 ov)
Islamabad United 157/4 (17 ov)
Islamabad United won by 6 wickets
Player of the match: Faheem Ashraf
That draws the curtains on a rather one-sided, but nevertheless entertaining contest in this season's PSL. The action continues with a double-header tomorrow. Do join us for the same and switch tabs to follow the remaining cricketing action across the globe. Until next time, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha, signing off along with my colleague Ankit Sharma. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Good night and stay safe!
The chasing trend continues in this season's Pakistan Super League and Quetta Gladiators, among other things, will want to bring an end to their toss jinx. They desperately need to sort things out soon or else it could mean a rather sorry end to the tournament for the 2019 Champions. Islamabad United on the other hand are sitting pretty on second spot in the points table - Peshawar Zalmi nudging ahead on net run-rate.
Shadab Khan (winning captain tonight): Plan was to keep it simple and not complicate things. The pitch helped us, especially Faheem Ashraf given the natural lengths he bowls. Made it tough for their batsmen. Stirling was really impressive. When you dominate the Powerplay like that, more often than not you end up on the winning side. (Net run-rate at the back of his mind?) It was, but more importantly we wanted to give enough time out there in the middle for the batsmen who weren't in the best of form. Rohail and myself tonight, we got some good game time and the important thing was that the batsmen finished the game really well (Translated from Urdu)
Faheem Ashraf (Man of the Match): Its always tough in Pakistan given such wickets but its important to stick to my strengths. If you stick to the right lengths and stay aware of the batsmen's strengths, they take a chance and give you the best chance to pick up wickets. The team environment is really enjoyable. Lot of young players who are doing really well (Translated from Urdu)
Sarfaraz Ahmed (losing captain): Spent a lot of time in the middle. My form was good but disappointed to not get a win. If you lose 4 wickets within the first six overs, it always makes it difficult to stage a comeback. Zahid was impressive with the ball and he picked up a wicket. Hopefully he will continue his good work going forward and will get able support from the others. We need to pick up more wickets upfront and improve in all facets of the game (Translated from Urdu)
Paul Stirling (Islamabad United): Glad to get adjusted to the conditions and get a few runs to win the game. It's tough when you don't know if you are going to be playing or if its a delayed game. Tried to play late and use the pace on the ball. Been really great (the dressing room atmosphere). Trying to keep each other going.
Things went completely the way of Islamabad United right from the toss - they elected to field, as has been the norm in the tournament so far. What followed was a clinical display of swing bowling from the fast-bowlers of Islamabad United. Led by Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf, United prized out four Gladiators batsmen within the Powerplay and it became a very steep mountain to climb thereafter. Skipper Sarfaraz took his time in rebuilding the innings but once the spinners were in operation, he took the attack to them and clobbered part-timer Iftikhar for four consecutive sixes. He brought up an excellent half-century as well but he did not get the kind of support he would have wanted from the other batsmen. Once he was dismissed by Faheem Ashraf, a death-bowling masterclass from the United seamers saw the Gladiators kept down to just 156/7 after their 20 overs.

And then began the Paul Stirling show! Having already pulled off a sensational catch in the field, he wasn't done for the night as he operated solely on sixth gear and pummeled the Gladiators around the ground. So much so that Alex Hales didn't have much to do on his part. Stirling raced to a breathtaking fifty off just 21 deliveries and all but sealed the run-chase in favour of his side. Youngster Rohail Nazir, into the side for his first game of the tournament, also showcased his skills with the bat with a matured display that shut the door firmly on the Gladiators. A couple of late wickets were all in vain for the Gladiators, whose bowlers barring Hasnain and to an extent, Steyn, were clueless for a large part of their bowling effort and United cantered across for a 6-wicket win with as many as 18 deliveries to spare. Just the kind of medicine they needed after being humbled the other day against Peshawar Zalmi and after the outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases within the team. It also means yet another game, yet another successful run-chase.
A clinical run-chase with the intent to seal the game quickly and that is exactly what Islamabad United have done here at the National Stadium in Karachi. The wicket of Shadab Khan didn't deter Asif Ali who closed out the game in the same over. Islamabad United win by 6 wickets!
Over: 17 | Summary: W 4 4 1w 1w 1w 0 1 1w Bowler: Mohammad Hasnain Score: 157/4
16.6 Mohammad Hasnain to Hussain Talat, good length delivery on the pads, flicked away to deep fine leg for a single. That's all that was needed. Islamabad United win by 6 wickets with three overs to spare. 
16.6 Mohammad Hasnain to Hussain Talat, wide again, fourth of the over, this time over the head, as Hasnain goes for the bouncer, but ends up bowling too short for the umpires liking. 
16.5 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, good length delivery outside off stump, pulled to the ground on the on side towards mid wicket. 
16.4 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, good length delivery, outside off stump, slapped to the fielder at point. 
16.4 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, wide, third on the trot, Hasnain aiming for pace, is loosing his line and length moment. Too wide on the leg side. 
16.4 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, wide, again the full pitched delivery goes down the leg for the keeper to dive and stop that. 
16.4 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, full pitched delivery, aimed for the pads but goes down leg of the batsman for an extra. 
16.3 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, FOUR! He meant it this time, picking the good length delivery really nicely to beat third man again for a four. 
16.2 Mohammad Hasnain to Asif Ali, FOUR! Runs for Asif Ali. Full pitched delivery outside off stump, Asif Ali wanted to hit this over the bowler but gets a thick edge enough to beat third man for four. 
Hussain Talat, left-handed bat, comes to the crease!
If there was anybody who deserved a wicket tonight it was Hasnain! Such a valiant performance from the speedster and at last, gets a much-deserved scalp against his name. 
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