Player of the Match
Player of the Match
219dThe Report by Danyal Rasool

Blistering Billings gives Islamabad much-needed boost

Islamabad United opener Sam Billings combined clean timing with explosive power-hitting to ensure the defending champions inflicted the season's first defeat upon Quetta Gladiators

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Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

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,

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