party over! Nothing quite like a yorker to end the game off. Straight, goes under the bat, and Rauf's slog has no connection. Middle stump gone. Hasnain celebrates. Sarfaraz smiles. And Gladiators win by 18 runs
And that's all from us. Not long before Match 24 starts.... head over here in a few minutes to catch the second match of the double header.
Winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed: "Today pitch was a bit different. We wanted to take it to 160 at the 14 over mark. Want to credit bowlers, Usman Shinwari for the early wickets. Getting four early was important. When team is not doing well, it is difficult. But we played as a team today."
Usman Shinwari is the Player of the Match on his comeback into the XI. "Thank Allah. Was told that when I get my chance I need to give my 100% and I gave that."
Presentation coming up soon.
Umair: "I told you hunderd time today they make wrong decision to bowl first...every defend the total at day match...you didn't put my comments on commentary i am bit nervous"
Losing captain Sohail: "Need to take responsibility in difficult overs. We spoke about roles, and we will speak about roles once again. Batters need to take responsibilities otherwise we'll get results like these. It was spinning a bit in the chase."
8.46pm So you wonder if some smarter batting could've actually taken Qalandars home. But now they've been all out for two straight games, losing both times while chasing - first against table-toppers United and tonight against bottom-placed Gladiators.
The Gladiators, though, will be disappointed that they couldn't boost their net run rate by a bit more. However, it's a rare win for them this series. Defended a moderate total successfully. They need more of these in their last two matches, and definitely by bigger margins, to have any chance of making the playoffs. It remains a very very very distant dream.
Their bowling was great though: Shinwari up top, followed up by Khurram's 3-14 in just three overs. Nawan's 2-16 in 4 and Hasnain with the difficult overs.
Nerves in both camps....
runs are flowing! Full just outside off. Down on one knee to cream a four over cover...but outside edge takes it to third man instead! Nearly went for six, to be honest
Fareed: "What are we all talking about!? Faulkner is going to take Lahore home here."
good length on off. Backs away and gives it a meaty heave, smacking it over long on!
Muzammil : "Khurram.. He has shown some character today.. Bowled with brain more on it'll boost his confidence "
Hamid : "I think Faulkner is underrating himself as an allrounder... All those 11 deliveries, he never looked once to hit like a proper batsman or even an Allrounder... He's just ticking away like a No. 11 bowler... "
length ball on middle. Guided to third man off the back foot
full, on middle. Backs away, clears the front leg to hit it to the deep. Throw from Hasan at deep midwicket forces Sarfaraz to run in, collect, and break the stumps for a run out. But Sarfaraz can't roll the ball on the stumps accurately, and they get an extra run too for the overthrow.
Mariam: "Azam Khan for MOM. Gave Quetta a slight chance of winning "
full, nearly a yorker, but drifting down leg. Helped with a gentle glance to fine leg forfour
Fahad: "Gotta be one of Sarfaraz or Shaheen, for the entertainment they gave us in the first innings..."
rafay: "Usman Shinwari if QG wins it "
Miley: "Player of the Match - Khurram Shahzad"
good length ball angling in. Flat-bats a shot to long on for one
Sam: "If QG win this one, Muhammad Nawaz richly deserve to be MoM."
Hamza Mahboob: "nawaz, Undoubtedly "
full on off. Golf swings a shot to long with minimal footwork
full, just outside off. Pushed to cover for one
so if Quetta win this, who is your Player of the Match?
yorker gets him his third. Makes room, but the ball goes under the bat, and hits the base of leg stump. Is that a no ball though? Goes in Khurram's favour by the tiniest of margins. What a ball though, and in hindsight good on Afridi to back away because that, my friends, was a toe crusher
nearly a yorker. Dug away, and the ball runs down to long on for a single
full toss wide outside off. Caresse a drive to extra cover for one
Khurram. Had 2-9 in his first spell. Required run rate just over 10
nabeel: "is it shaheen afridi or shahid afridi batting or battling." :)
yorker length, but dug away by drilling it to long on
good length ball, angling across. Tries to drive away from his body but that's too good a ball. Through to keeper
Quetta dugout not pleased. Required run rate under 10 again
Sarfaraz runs to Hasnain for a chat
short ball on leg stump, but he gets enough off the bat's shoulder while attempting to pull. Goes over Sarfaraz's head, and that's four more
in the air, and has cleared the boundary with ease! Not quite in the slot, but Shaheen chose to tee off anyway. 144kph, but he clears the front leg to hit his first ball for six
another length ball outside off. This time he makes room to free his arms even more. Cut hard, but to deep point
Mamoon: "I said it before, I'll say it again, "Tim David needs to bat at 3 for LQ" !! Dear management, please listen, don't ruin another season for us like you are doing for the past 5 years with your pathetic decision making."
short ball slapped to point. Hit well and if he got that on either side of the fielder that was four
has the last laugh! This around the stumps angle has worked wonders. Full and wide. He tries to hit it over Shinwari's head, but it takes the edge to Sarfaraz
Najaf abbas: "Well dont criticize zahoor khan. every one who is playing psl have some to thing to offer under their belt good "
back of a length, on off. Pulled to the deep, slowly enough that they take two