Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.20pm Billings has his hands aloft, takes high-five from his team-mates. His career-best 78* gives Islamabad their second win. Smith and Haddin fell early, but Billings settled in and gradually shifted gears to power Islamabad home. Watson assisted him with a cameo of 36 off 27 balls. It has been a difficult week for Islamabad United; this victory comes as a significant boost.

Billings, Man of the Match: It helps when guys like Watson come in and smack it like he did. The guys in subcontinent are good with variations, but I felt as it if I was there till the end we will win. Smithy has got a fifty, Hads has done well in one game, everyone has chipped in. Year on year playing in different leagues around the world is as much a life experience as cricketing experience.

Billings may be a peripheral figure in England's one-day set-up, but his appetite for learning and hard graft is increasingly hard to ignore. I will leave you with this cracker from Will Macpherson. Thanks for tuning in. Same place, same time tomorrow. Goodbye and good night.

19.1
4
Perera to Billings, FOUR runs, Billings finishes it for Islamabad. Poor ball - full-toss outside off - Billings uses his wrists and shovels it away to the right of deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
19 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | IU: 145/5 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.63, RRR: 4.00)

  • Sam Billings74 (49b)
  • Umar Gul4-0-34-1
  • Thisara Perera3-0-36-1
18.6
W
Umar Gul to Asif Ali, OUT, short ball, angled in at the ribs, Asif can't control the pull. He skies a top edge, which is gulped down by KP at long leg. Islamabad four away from victory

Asif Ali c Pietersen b Umar Gul 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

18.5
1
Umar Gul to Billings, 1 run, slower short ball on the leg stump, he swivels on the back foot and controls a pull to long leg
18.4
4
Umar Gul to Billings, FOUR runs, pretty full and on off stump, Billings sits deep in the crease and whiplashes it away to the long-on fence. That's some shot

Adnan: "No Misbah show, no problem. Billings is doing the trick for Islamabad"

18.3
1
Umar Gul to Asif Ali, 1 run, just short of a good length and angled in, tucked off the hips through square leg
18.2
1b
Umar Gul to Billings, 1 bye,
18.1
2
Umar Gul to Billings, 2 runs, yorker on the leg stump, whipped away to deep midwicket. Billings hares across for the second. The keeper collects the throw and hits the stumps, but Billings was in. The throw from the deep wasn't great

Here is Gul again.

END OF OVER:
18 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | IU: 136/4 (13 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.55, RRR: 6.50)

  • Sam Billings67 (45b)
  • Asif Ali0 (0b)
  • Thisara Perera3-0-36-1
  • Anwar Ali4-0-27-0
17.6
1
Perera to Billings, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, Billings drive to cover and fetches the strike
17.5
W
Perera to Watson, OUT, 4,4,6, and out! Holes out to deep midwicket. Can't clear the long boundary. Chest-high short ball on middle and leg stump, tucks Watson up for room. He does not get hold of the pull. Smart catch by Hasan at the edge of the boundary

SR Watson c Hassan Khan b Perera 36 (27b 4x4 2x6) SR: 133.33

17.4
6
Perera to Watson, SIX runs, Perera comes around the wicket. It does not matter at all. He smites it over the bowler's head. Watson goes 4,4,6
17.3
4
Perera to Watson, FOUR runs, Watson beats long-off to his left now. This is overpitched outside off, Watson hits the half-volley on the up
17.2
4
Perera to Watson, FOUR runs, low full-toss on off, Watson stretches forward and crunches this in the gap between deep midwicket and long-on
17.1
1
Perera to Billings, 1 run, back of the hand slower ball on off stump, slog-swept across the line to deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
17 | 7 Runs | IU: 120/3 (29 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 9.66)

  • Shane Watson22 (23b)
  • Sam Billings65 (43b)
  • Anwar Ali4-0-27-0
  • Mohammad Nawaz4-0-18-2
16.6
0
Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, full on the stumps, hacked to square leg off the inside half
16.5
0
Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, another slower one on a fourth-stump line outside off. Watson swipes early to leg and does not make contact
16.4
1
Anwar Ali to Billings, 1 run, full on the stumps, whittled into the leg side
16.3
6
Anwar Ali to Billings, SIX runs, chest-high short ball on off, Billings is unperturbed. He rides the bounce and pulls superbly over long leg for a six

Islamabad Un 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st39DR SmithSW Billings
2nd14BJ HaddinSW Billings
3rd19Misbah-ul-HaqSW Billings
4th63SR WatsonSW Billings
5th10SW BillingsAsif Ali
6th4SW BillingsShadab Khan

Pakistan Super League

TeamMWLPTNRR
PZ84390.309
QG84390.166
KK8448-0.098
IU8448-0.139
LQ8356-0.223