Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, PSL final 2016, Dubai February 23, 2016

Smith 73 muscles Islamabad to title win

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Islamabad United 175 for 4 (Smith 73, Haddin 61*) beat Quetta Gladiators 174 for 7 (Shehzad 64, Sangakkara 55, Russell 3-36) by six wickets
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After a spectacular display of fireworks lit up the start of the final of the inaugural Pakistan Super League in Dubai, Dwayne Smith produced the cricketing equivalent of it, firing Islamabad United to the title. He struck 73 off 51 balls, 52 of them through boundaries. Smith's effort came after Quetta Gladiators had put up a challenging 174 with fluent half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara. Islamabad captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had termed the PSL almost like a "World Cup" at the toss, sealed the victory with a flick past midwicket and sparked off wild celebrations.

Smith, who had struggled to get the ball off the square during his 37-ball 19 in the third qualifier against Peshawar Zalmi, got into his shot-making stride right away on Tuesday night, cracking fours off his second and third balls. He then followed it up with a brace of fours in the next over, off spinner Nathan McCullum, who was bowling for the first time in the tournament. Nathan managed to bowl PSL's only centurion Sharjeel Khan, who had been added to Pakistan's World T20 and Asia Cup squads, for only 12, but Smith continued his slap-happy strokeplay and raised a fifty off 32 balls.

Smith was dismissed when he sent a top-edge to Kevin Pietersen to backward point in the 16th over, but Brad Haddin, whose knock was a more measured one, remained unbeaten on 61 off 39 balls, his third fifty of the tournament. Islamabad ultimately won emphatically with six wickets and eight balls to spare.

They had begun on a positive note as well with fast bowler Mohammad Irfan striking in the first over to dismiss opener Bismillah Khan for a duck. Pietersen, playing his third T20 final this season after the Ram Slam and Big Bash League, promised much before holing out to deep square leg for 18; Asif Ali completing an excellent catch. Sangakkara and Shehzad then married power and timing in an 87-run partnership, highlighted by Sangakkara's extra-cover drive for six off Mohammad Sami, for the third wicket. The pair ensured that Quetta motored past 100 by the 13th over.

Sangakkara, however, was caught by Imran Khalid at long-on off Russell for 55, in the 15th over. Sangakkara's exit set in motion a flurry of wickets as Quetta lost four wickets in four overs at the death. Anwar Ali swung wildly and connected a six before he became Russell's third victim. It meant that Russell went past Wahab Riaz to finish as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps. Grant Elliott lifted the last ball of the innings for a six but Quetta's joy was short-lived.

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  • Bakht_Jamal on February 26, 2016, 0:21 GMT

    @ Flash1IN

    IPL is a rip off of English Premier League. So stop thinking that Indians came up with a great idea. It was a good idea picked up. That's how things evolve. Try to be a little open minded :)

  • OZcrick on February 25, 2016, 6:22 GMT

    islamabad united a very balanced squad to bat and bowl. And this proved by lifting the trophy :p cheers and have a great next campaign. To my opinion misbah's tactics and reading of the game was brilliant no match to any other captain and hence proved that misbah has a tactical mind. Afridi on the other end has a zero tactical approach but since he is the captain for team green we have to follow his lead (oh seriously i wrote this while im a hatter on afridi :(()

  • anderson1212 on February 25, 2016, 1:19 GMT

    5 dot ball in 19th over was a real crime by Anwar Ali. I am sure the Gladiators must have missed the services of Mohammad Nabi in the final. Another 15 runs to the total would have changed the outcome of the game in Gladiators favor, but Islamabad played well and congrets to them.

  •   Raj Kp on February 24, 2016, 23:06 GMT

    psl rock big time simply luv it

  • CricketPakistan on February 24, 2016, 18:40 GMT

    Well done PCB, Najam Sethi and his team. The standard of Cricket was extra ordinary. Our players have proved that how brilliant are they with the ball. Yet, we need quality batsmen. Apart from Umar Akmal no Pakistani batsman was impressive. However, I believe that after a couple of editions of PSL we might fight few good batsm en as well as right arm bowlers.

  • Malik_Murad on February 24, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    Thanks PSL Management for arranging such a nice event. It was full of success. Those who are comparing it with other league, my advise to them is there is no sense in comparing PSL with any other tournament. PSL was not held to compete with others rather it was held for cricket lovers in Pakistan and all around the world. Despite many challenges, the biggest being arranging it at home away home, this PSL has been a great landmark. Thank you PSL

  • MathAPhysix on February 24, 2016, 13:53 GMT

    Some people will surely complain about the flaws of the PSL. But in its inaugural edition PSL has been nothing short of spectacular, room for improvement but the first edition was remarkable and hoping the next edition takes place in Pak so that the Passion for cricket in the region grows more.

  • eng_mdkhan on February 24, 2016, 13:49 GMT

    There is no other deserving person than Misbah to lift the maiden PSL trophy as he has kept Pakistan's banner flying high despite the storms. Truly a gentleman who I personally and stronly believe should be held in higher regards than his predeccesors purely for having faith in Pakistan cricket and ensuring it does not dissipate like the West Indians. Using limited resources, under enormous stress playing away from home and against all odds he gave commendable results it is a stuff of legends. That is why I rate him higher than Imran, Javed, Akram, etc. none of them had so much going against them when they were at the helm. The results are out there for everyone to see.

  • iNsiDers on February 24, 2016, 12:53 GMT

    @Flash1IN ... You said only pakistani watched it and no body else watched it. We don't want you to watch it dude. its our league and the main aim is to give new players a platform and improve our internal process. Please don't compare it with IPl or ICL. They have their own charm and PSL has its own

  •   Musab Shakeel Mallick on February 24, 2016, 12:28 GMT

    Dwayne Smith said that the key difference between PSL and other Leagues is the quality bowling which kept under pressure to batsmen throughout the tournament. I think that's what lack in IPL as these all foreign players brutally thrashed 4s, 6s to Indian bowlers. PSL surely has its own identity and thus becomes the 2nd largest league after IPL. Congratulations to PCB for making it happen and its a big hit!