Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, PSL 2016, Dubai February 4, 2016

Nawaz, Wright dismantle Islamabad United

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Quetta Gladiators 132 for 2 (Wright 86*) beat Islamabad United 128 for 7 (Misbah 41, Nawaz 4-13) by eight wickets
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File photo: Mohammad Nawaz took 4 for 13 on a slow, turning pitch © Chris Whiteoak

The Pakistan Super League has been hailed by many as a pipeline for young talent to break into the world stage and 21-year old left-arm spinning allrounder Mohammad Nawaz took the opportunity to do so in the tournament opener as his 4 for 13 set up Quetta Gladiators' eight-wicket victory over Islamabad United in Dubai.

The Pakistan fans have had to wait years to have a T20 league of their own. An extensive opening ceremony made them wait some more and the match only began at 9.30 pm. Quetta's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to bowl and it proved a wise decision as his new-ball bowlers kept Islamabad tied down for much of the innings. None of the top five batsmen were able to cross 15 runs and Nawaz was responsible for dismissing three of them.

Nawaz has already been earmarked as a future prospect with Pakistan having turned out for the 'A' team in the recent series against England Lions at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai. He took 11 wickets from five matches and struck a half-century as well

Islamabad were 63 for 6 in the 15th over when their captain Misbah-ul-Haq (41 off 28) and Andre Russell (35 off 20) slammed 57 runs in 27 balls to lend some respectability to the total. Russell caned Umar Gul for three fours and a six in the 18th over and Misbah carved Anwar Ali, who had bowled a maiden to kickstart the PSL, for three fours in the 19th over.

Still a chase that was barely over run-a-ball asks very little of batsmen and when someone from the top order scores a half-century off 31 balls, the result becomes quite apparent. Luke Wright finished unbeaten with 86 off 53 balls with 11 fours and four sixes to wrap the match up with 24 balls to spare.

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  • itsqashi on February 8, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    What a good game of cricket, Hope many to more to come.

  • fkhawaja on February 6, 2016, 7:27 GMT

    all the matches so far have been pretty one sided. we need tough close matches and good individual performances under pressure to make this interesting tournament. So far it has been a bit light the contest.

  • Cyrus_The_Virus on February 5, 2016, 17:22 GMT

    The most dangerous batsman allrounder in T20 is Andre Russell. WHY THE HELL WAS HE BATTING AT NO 8? Except for Wright & Kp he is the best power hitter in short format so why bat so low. He could have scored an extra 30 runs which could changed the result of the game.

  • S on February 5, 2016, 14:31 GMT

    @Oldtimer we were not the ones who got pounded 4-1 by the team that is getting pounded by NZ.

  • S on February 5, 2016, 13:40 GMT

    The PSL opening ceremony blew all other leagues away

  • scooby_007 on February 5, 2016, 12:21 GMT

    Watching Islamabad was like watching the international team. 5 down for a paltry score with Misbah coming in to rebuild. Watson was playing a test innings of his life. Must have been a bad wicket for those batting first, huh? Lets see how that team does tonight.

  • Oldtimer01 on February 5, 2016, 12:21 GMT

    The PSL is the best thing that happened to Pakistan cricket. They rarely win against international sides so the PSL will give Pakistani cricketers a chance to experience the winning feeling.

  • Oldtimer01 on February 5, 2016, 11:29 GMT

    I want to see afridi playing some good knocks. He might be failing regularly at the international level but I am sure he can do well at the domestic level.

  • Rajper123 on February 5, 2016, 11:09 GMT

    I really want to see

  • Rajper123 on February 5, 2016, 11:07 GMT

    Islamabad's key player did not anything.

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