Smith 73 muscles Islamabad to title win
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
Time for the presentation:
Victorious captain Misbah-ul-Haq: The team gave a thoroughly professional performance. 174 is a big target in the final and Smith and Haddin didn't panic, they gave special performances. As we had planned we wanted a boundary in each over and they did it, especially with the short boundaries. They executed the plans very well, even the bowlers before that. Sometimes you need luck in cricket and all these players have been playing very well in international cricket. Spinners, youngsters, whoever got a chance proved with his performance. Hats off to the PCB. I have played many leagues and this was almost like international cricket. I want to thank the Islamabad management for trusting me and giving me the captaincy.
Misbah goes over and collects the PSL trophy, there are fireworks all over and he carries the trophy over towards the team in front of the 'Champions' board and the team is screaming its lungs out!
Quetta captain Sarfraz Ahmed: We tried our best and we scored as much as we wanted to but it was their day. If we had taken a catch or two things might have turned our way. It felt good that we played a match like this. We have gained a lot of learnings and confidence from this league.
Najam Sethi: Winning and losing is a part of game. It's a win for Pakistan after their long wait. The world is watching what Pakistani people are made of and what they can do. I'd like to thank all the Pakistani people and god that we got the opportunity to turn this dream into a reality. I promise you that inshallah with the same hard work that helped us host this league, we'll take it to Pakistan too.
WINNERS! pic.twitter.com/99RMmZc5qq— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) February 23, 2016
Ravi Bopara is named the Most Valuable Player, it's received by KP.
And Dwayne Smith is named the Man of the Match: It was a good pitch and I said to myself just go there and back yourself. It's a very good group and I feel at home with everyone, and from the time I came here I saw that and I knew this team was going to win the tournament.
Umar Akmal is named the best fielder and best batsman of the tournament. Andre Russell takes the top wicket-taker trophy from Najam Sethi.
11.25pm Wasim Akram is not running in, he's clapping (almost in slow motion) with a beaming smile and walking onto the field, getting high-faves and handshakes from anyone and everyone! Islamabad get into a huddle and then exchange handshakes with the opponents. Dean Jones is hugged and lifted by the towering Irfan near the pitch!
Quetta Gladiators were the first ones to make it to the finals but it's Islamabad's recent form that proved to be too much. They lost half of their matches in the league stage, Quetta lost only two, and Islamabad have been unstoppable since then. Sami's wickets, Sharjeel's century and everything came together for them to win this title. They are now taking a lap of honour to thank the fans!
Akram: My voice is gone (laughs). I want to thank people back in Pakistan, especially my family. And thanks to Deano, he's been really good and a great mentor. Initially, everyone thought T20 was a young man's game but the way Smith and Haddin have played through the tournament was amazing. This is just the start of PSL, it's going to get better and better and better!
Russell: Winning has been following me, I've won three in a row now - Big Bash, BPL and now PSL. Once you're enjoying the game success is going to follow you. The only problem that I had, or a few others might have had, is the back-to-back games we had but we are athletes. I'm happy to work with Akram, we were together at KKR as well, and my bowling has improved. Sharjeel has all the shots and if he keeps improving, he will be one man to watch out for.
Sami: I'm very happy and it's unbelievable. It was the first PSL and you can see how happy the guys are. Our management gave me a lot of confidence that I was the main bowler. We were told that there would be the final pressure but just stick to the game plan.
Quetta's Cheema: Quetta played very well with crowd and management support. We played the best match of the tournament in the first playoff but Islamabad played very well today. Nawaz got the reward for his performances, he's going for the Asia Cup and World T20. Good luck to him. We tried our best and gave our 100%. Haddin and Smith played outstanding innings. PSL is a big hit. I'd like to congratulate the PCB and PSL, we enjoyed playing it and the crowd seemed to enjoy it too.
Dean Jones: Akram's an all-time great since I've been playing! I think we have a great squad and someone or the other out his hand up in every match.
Badree: we started really slowly and we really expressed ourselves tonight. I want to say a special thanks to the Pakistani fans, fans all over the world and in Dubai as well. We came from behind in many situations and that worked for us. Hopefully we can come back next year and defend the title.
Haddin: It's all worth it. Since I've retired it's helped me concentrate on one form of the game. You need a really good mix and we got that at the moment.
Haroon Memon: "Brilliant Perfomance From Islamabad United Team They Deserve That Victory Awesome Captincy From Misbah And Coches Wasim Akram & Dean Jones Done Nice Work Well Played Uniteds "
Zuhaib Afzal: "Amazing and wonderful three weeks of Pakistan cricket #PSLFinal"
zahid mahmood: "Appears that Misbah and Akram used Imran Khan's 1992 WC theory of cornered tigers to come from behind!"
All set for the captain to win the trophy! The Islamabad players are on their feet near the boundary
Mohammed Saheem: "Misbah has again proved that he is the best Pakistani captain now.." He comes out but Haddin is on strike
Just six away now, Islamabad. One shot will do it?
Hasnain: "One gem of an innings from haddin!!"
The Islamabad dugout has started celebrating already
Required run rate under six per over now
Three down, can there be more wickets and twists? Latif comes out now
28 off 24. Russell and Haddin out there, here's Cheema
Nadeem Akhtar: "is this the thrill that was missing?"
Awais Khalid: "Some quick wickets can turn it around very quickly "
A slip in place for Russell