Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.55pm A thriller in Dubai, a proper T20 match, one way, then the other, then the other again. Quetta needed a win to boost their chances and in the end, it's the chasing side dominating the final stages of a T20 game (again). 22 off 12 came down to 9 off 9, then 9 off 6, then Quetta completed a two-wicket win, winning with two balls to spare. Chocolate cake for Sir Viv's birthday, that will taste sweet for an extra reason (unless it's a weirdly savoury cake). Anyway, there were cameos from the start to finish from Quetta that led the Gladiators forward, and in the end it was just about enough. Fine end to a great game of cricket, a result that opens up the PSL again.

Umar Gul is the Man of the Match

Pollard to Hassan Khan, SIX runs, Hasan picks the slower ball and wins the game for Quetta! Scenes here in Dubai. Sir Viv is pumped. A slower ball around off, Hasan clears the front leg and nails the slog over midwicket. Sublime timing. A much-needed win for Quetta.

3 off 2.

Pollard to Hassan Khan, 2 runs, a slower ball around off, heaved away into no-man's land. Plonks for a couple. Wow.
Pollard to Laughlin, 3 runs, and run-out? A slower ball outside off is heaved into the gap at square leg. The fielder dives and stops the ball from hitting the boundary, the throw is to Pollard at the bowler's end, who fails to collect the ball before breaking the stumps. That would have been a run-out had he collected, Laughlin was well short.
Pollard to Laughlin, no run, a slower ball outside off, 110 kph, Laughlin misses the heave. He is too early through the slower ball. Have to be set up for the slower ones

8 off 5.

Pollard to Hassan Khan, 1 run, a shortish slower ball outside off, heaved to deep square leg.

9 off 6. Quetta needed 9 off 9 at one point. Pollard's cutters to come.

19 | 13 Runs 2 Wkts | QG: 144/8 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.57, RRR: 9.00)

  • Hassan Khan0 (0b)
  • Umar Gul4-0-24-6
  • Sohail Tanvir4-0-37-0
Umar Gul to Anwar Ali, OUT, Umar Gul has six wickets. This match is turning one way, then the other, then the other. In the end, it comes down the last over. A short delivery down leg, a slower delivery, pulled away with bad timing to short fine leg. He was too early through the shot. Gul finishes with 6 for 24, he has passed 200 T20 wickets.

Anwar Ali c Imran Tahir b Umar Gul 15 (8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 187.50

Umar Gul to Anwar Ali, no run, digs this in and Anwar gets underneath it. He can't even take a risk now because of that previous shot. 9 off 9 comes down to 9 off 7.
Umar Gul to Mohammad Nawaz, OUT, that is some pretty awful batting. A length delivery around off, Nawaz hits the ball down to Pollard at long-on. He picked him out to perfection, what was he even trying to do? That is a five-for for Umar Gul, what a display this has been.

Mohammad Nawaz c Pollard b Umar Gul 11 (4b 1x4 1x6) SR: 275.00

9 off 9 now.

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nawaz, SIX runs, there is that boundary. It's six! A poor delivery from Gul, a short slower delivery drifts down leg. Nawaz pulls the ball behind square, a hit-me delivery, flies over the backward square leg boundary.

15 off 10. Another boundary this over makes Quetta favs.

Umar Gul to Anwar Ali, 1 run, a low full toss around off, drilled down to Pollard at long-on, who saves one run.
Umar Gul to Anwar Ali, SIX runs, that is hammered for six! Anwar sits back, waits for the ball, gets a length delivery and nails his heave over long-on. That is a long way back. Sir Viv is pumping his fists in the dug-out.

22 off 12. Anyone's game.

18 | 13 Runs | QG: 131/6 (22 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 11.00)

  • Mohammad Nawaz5 (2b)
  • Anwar Ali8 (4b)
  • Sohail Tanvir4-0-37-0
  • Umar Gul3-0-11-4
Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Nawaz, FOUR runs, a low full toss, shovelled into the midwicket region. The long-on fielder gets across to his left, but the ball trickles across after he half-stopped the ball
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, 1 run, a low full toss, 130 kph, worked away to deep midwicket
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, a short delivery outside off, pulled to deep midwicket. Shehzad runs in from deep midwicket, went for the catch right from the outset, but didn't quite get there. A fine effort nonethess. Did well to prevent the ball from going past too. Seems to have damaged some part of his arm.
Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, on middle and leg, nudged away behind square. Tahir scampers across to cut the ball off, from short fine leg
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, 1 run, a length delivery outside off, carved to point for one
Sohail Tanvir to Anwar Ali, FOUR runs, that's a fine shot though. A full delivery outside off, Anwar lifts the ball over mid-off with the full face of the bat.

Some panic batting from Quetta, playing more shots than needed

17 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | QG: 118/6 (35 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.94, RRR: 11.66)

  • Anwar Ali0 (0b)
  • Umar Gul3-0-11-4
  • Imran Tahir4-0-24-1
Umar Gul to Rossouw, OUT, he picks the slower ball this time but heaves the ball into the fielder's hands at deep square leg. Waits for it, but is a bit too eager. No timing, no power, an easy catch.

RR Rossouw c Whiteley b Umar Gul 27 (24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 112.50

Umar Gul to Rossouw, no run, can't pick another slower ball. Short down leg, Rossouw can't connect with a pull
Umar Gul to Rossouw, no run, a nice slower delivery outside off, Rossouw is through his swat too early.
Umar Gul to Rossouw, FOUR runs, full delivery around off, Rossouw backs away and drills a drive through cover. Superb hit.

Anwar Ali. Life probably prevailed in those last two 50-50 decisions, one for the batting team, one for the bowling team. Everything probably balances out in life.

Umar Gul to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT, has he taken that? What is the soft signal? The fielder says he is not sure. Did he take the juggle? The soft signal is out this time. This is absurd, he went to the leg umpire, asked him if he saw it, he wasn't sure so did he just guess? But that's an amazing effort, a shortish delivery outside off is carved away towards Masood at backward point, who leaps up with one hand. The ball pops out, but Masood is in control of the parry as he is falling over. But is it touching the ground? it's mighty close again, I can't see a clear decision either way. And so the TV umpire may not have enough evidence to overturn that. One hand was underneath the ball, the other hand tries to cup the ball. It's the right decision from the TV umpire: not enough evidence to overturn the soft signal. But the soft signal is at it again, deciding decisions based on uncertainty (if it was an uncertain soft signal that is).

Sarfraz Ahmed c sub (Shan Masood) b Umar Gul 11 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Quetta Glad 2nd innings Partnerships

1st48SR WatsonAsad Shafiq
2nd6KP PietersenAsad Shafiq
3rd8KP PietersenRR Rossouw
4th28Rameez Raja (2)RR Rossouw
5th24Sarfaraz AhmedRR Rossouw
6th4Anwar AliRR Rossouw
7th26Anwar AliMohammad Nawaz (3)
8th0Anwar AliHassan Khan
9th12B LaughlinHassan Khan

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