In another PSL (Pakistan Super League) low scoring game Quetta Gladitors send back all 10 players of Islamabad back to the pavilion in just 19.1 overs, at a point when they had scored 117 runs only. By achieving the target in just 16.1 overs the Islamabad United added another victory to their unending list of victories in this first season of Pakistan Super League.
From Islamabad United batting side the best score was 40 which was scored by Shane Watson on just 28 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 3 fours. Other than him no one reached the figure of 20 and everyone was back to pavilion at at point.
Quetta Gladiators bowlers did very good job. Grant Elliot took three wickets in 4 overs by giving just 25 runs. Zulafqar Babar and Aizaz Cheema took two wickets each. Anwar Ali, Muhammad Nawaz and Muhammad Nabi took one wicket each. So there was no bowler on the Quetta Gladiators side today, who did not took a wicket. If was show of pure collective effort.
While chasing the target Sarfaraz Ahmed did best 51 runs on 39 balls with the help of six boundaries. Ahmed Shehzad supported him with 41 runs on 31 balls with the help of five FOURS and just on SIX. Muhammad Nawaz was 21 NOT OUT on 14 balls with Sarfaraz Still on the crease when the Quetta Gladiators won the match for good.
Andre Russel was only bowler from Islamabad United who took the wickets. He took three wickets in just three overs that he bowled. Also he given only 18 runs in those three overs, while the pitch was totally favoring the batsmen. Nothing more to say about the Islamabad United’s bowling performance, as they were not at able to contain the opposition.
Overall, today Islamabad United’s shaky performance was no match for the solid authoritative show from the Quetta Gladiators. So the Gladiators took the rightfully deserved victory.
While playing first the Lahore Qalandars gave the target of 166 runs to Islamabad United. From Lahore Qalandars side Muhammad Rizwan was the best scored 50 runs on 27 balls. Other than him, no one else was able to break the barrier of 20s. Bowling performance from Islamabad United side was mixed, however we can safely say the Muhammad Sami did better than others, as he took two wickets in three overs by giving 21 runs.
Islamabad United today played the solid batting innings, Shane Watson scored 79 runs on 47 ball with the help of four FOURS and seven SIXES. Sharjeel Khan also scored 79 runs but on 43 balls, also he remained NOT OUT. Sharjeel did this total using seven SIXES and five Fours. Andre Russel was able to score on 2 runs on 5 balls before he got out.
From Lahore Qalandars side Ehsan Adil was able to take two wickets but he gave too many runs, which is 41 on 3.5 overs. Best bowling economy rate from Lahore Qalandars bowling was of Dwayne Bravo, he game 28 runs in four overs, averaging 7 runs per over. But he was not able to grab a wicket for the Lahore Qalandars.
This was another good day for Islamabad United and Pakistan Super League. Qalandars also put up a good fight today, but it was just not their day today. Best of luck to both of these teams for coming PSL (Pakistan Super League) matches.
Today Pakistan Super League (PSL) have officially started. It was the first match played between Quetta Gladiators against the team of capital city of Pakistan, team named Islamabad United. Its the first season of PSL and right from the start fruits of have country’s own league have started to emerge in shape of new talent.
One emerging talent unleashed was Nawaz of Quetta Gladiators, who did well in both bowling and batting departments. He bowled FOUR overs for Quetta Gladiators and took 4 wickets by giving just 13 runs, which are very good bowling stats for Twenty20 format. In batting department Nawaz helped Luke Wright putting a big total on the score board while chasing the target of 129, which was set by Islamabad United.
For doing well in both Batting and Bowling, Nawaz was named the “Man of the Match” for opening match of PSL season 2016. Another notable performance is 86 runs scored by Luke Wright on just 53 balls while chasing the target. Luke did those 86 with the help of 11 FOURS and 4 SIXES.
If we talk of Islamabad United, Misbah-Ul-Haq did 41 on 28 balls and AD Russel 35 on 20 while remaining NOT OUT at end of Innings. From Islamabad United side Imran Khalid took 2 wickets while just giving 20 runs in 4 overs.
Overall, it was good start of the league’s first season. And it became evident from just first game that PSL will surely help emerging talent, will bring talented players forward and will give them opportunities to further groom their talent while playing which their seniors and other senior foreigner players.