Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, Pakistan Super League 2016, Sharjah February 11, 2016

Quetta Gladiators go top with big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Quetta Gladiators 118 for 3 (Sarfraz 51*, Shehzad 41, Russell 3-18) beat Islamabad United 117 (Watson 40, Elliott 3-25) by seven wickets
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File photo - Grant Elliott foxed Islamabad United with his assortment of cutters and rollers © AFP

After having been blown away by Umar Akmal's blitz on Monday night, Quetta Gladiators rebounded with a punishing win against Islamabad United, their fourth of the tournament, in Sharjah. Victory meant that Quetta took the top spot from Peshawar Zalmi, who had edged a thriller in the first match of the day. The Quetta bowlers vindicated Sarfraz Ahmed's decision to bowl by knocking over Islamabad for 117 in 19.1 overs. Sarfraz himself then led the chase with a typically busy fifty.

New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott, who had cracked a fifty against Australia three days ago in Brendan McCullum's final ODI at Seddon Park, struck twice in two balls to set the match up for Quetta. Brad Haddin was first stumped by a canny back-of-the-hand slow roller, and then Sam Billings was trapped leg-before. Elliott's double-blow lifted Quetta, after a quick start from Shane Watson, who stood in as captain again; Misbah-ul-Haq was still injured.

The slide seeped into the lower order as well, with Imran Khalid's 18 being the second-best score, following Watson's 28-ball 40. The pitch had slowed down considerably, but Islamabad's shot selection was iffy. Each of Quetta's six bowlers punched his name into the wickets column, Elliott being the best with figures of 3 for 25.

Andre Russell, who had managed only 10 off 13 balls with the bat, engineered a double-strike of his own in the chase, and accounted for Quetta's top three. Sarfraz, however, built on opener Ahmed Shehzad's 41, and sealed the win with seven wickets and 23 balls to spare.

Sarfraz largely profited from sweeps and pulls during his unbeaten 51 off 39 balls, including six fours. Mohammad Nawaz, meanwhile, scratched his way to 14 not out off 21 balls, despite repeatedly getting beaten outside off by Saeed Ajmal.

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  • Imran on February 13, 2016, 21:41 GMT

    Well done Queta.. I think it has to do the way players has been jelled together which clearly lack in case of Islamabad and Lahore. I hope Islamabad gets good replacement of injured players.

  • Umair on February 12, 2016, 20:21 GMT

    Good game. Quetta is doing really well

  • kamran on February 12, 2016, 12:08 GMT

    person who knows cricket, he never rated gladiators as they have most balance side as I predicted earlier and commented on a social media side that. "gladiators have an edged with young, balance and energetic side except Peterson and will be my favorite." and so far it is going as I expected.

  • Muhammad Irfan on February 12, 2016, 12:04 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans of PSL,Pronouncing name wrong has some thing to do with Pakistani dialect,we don't do this intentionally, general public even wrongly pronunce name of many subcontinent players wrong eg virat kohli ashwin shakib al hasan somya dilshan,so don't take it seriously, rest what ramiz did in presentation was a mistake and poor preparation he should know what language to use with the person he is going to talk instead of asking them on air

  • FALAH on February 12, 2016, 11:59 GMT

    Why does cricinfo reports two or three matches of PSL in the same headline. Will they they do the same for IPL? I don't think so. Also reporting is very late.

  • mamun on February 12, 2016, 10:14 GMT

    A huge number of people in Bangladesh watch PSL regularly as it is one of the most competitive and attractive tournaments in the world. The most odd-looking and disgusting part in the tournament is Mr. Rameez Raja's commentary. This guy even can't pronounce the name of world's best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. He always addresses him as "Shakibul Hasan". Tamim Iqbal, the opener batter of Bangladesh is one of best hard-hitter and dashing batsmans in the world and several times he was interviewed in English language by Rameez himself earlier. But on the day when Tamim became player of the match, Rameez asked Tamim in prize giving event to start the conversation in another language other than English.I think it was done intentionally. On the day before, Tamim was interviewed in sideline by a female interviewer and he was fluently and smoothly answering all the questions in nice English. At this time, Rameez was present in commentary box and viewed the interview.

  • Naqash on February 12, 2016, 10:00 GMT

    Islamabad United show poor performance after great victory over Lahore Qalandar

  •   Imran Ali on February 12, 2016, 9:42 GMT

    Quetta gladiators were underdogs before tournament now they are hot favorite. good to see sarfaraz played winning knock

  • Salman on February 12, 2016, 9:21 GMT

    my team lost the top position for few hours only. Go Quetta Go. my beloved city.

  • Rogie on February 12, 2016, 4:23 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistani batsmen contributing to victory, Ahmed Shahzad and Sarfarz played brilliantly. Quetta Gladiators has been by far the most impressive team in the tournament so far but their real challenge would be when they have to bat first and set a target for opposition.

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