PSL 2018: Schedule
Match Basics
23rd Match: Quetta Gladiators versus Islamabad United
Date: 16th March, 2018
Ground: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Umpires: Khalid Mahmood, Aleem Dar
Toss won by: Quetta Gladiators, elected to bat first.
Scorecard Summary
1st Team Play: 147/7 (20 Overs, RR: 7.35)
Performers:
Batting: Sarfraz Ahmed 43 runs off 30 balls, Umar Amin 28 runs off 27 balls.
Bowling: Faheem Ashraf 3/19 in 4 overs, Amad Butt 2/30 in 4 overs.
Target: 148 runs from 20 overs.
2ND Team Play: 149/4 (18.2 Overs, RR: 8.12)
Performers:
Batting: JP Duminy 54 runs off 47 balls, Hussain Talat 28 runs off 17 balls.
Bowling: Rahat Ali 2/33 in 3.2 overs, Shane Watson 1/31 in 4 overs.
Player of the match: JP Duminy
Result:Islamabad United won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Highlights & Analysis

1. The Islamabad United were on a roll coming into this match and had won five on the bounce. After the end of this match, they had stretched their win streak to six. The Islamabad United swept aside the Quetta Gladiators with such ease that it was almost frightening. The bowling effort was near perfect for a T20 match up. The bowlers choked the flow of runs and didn’t allow the Gladiators batting lineup any room to breathe. Whenever the Gladiators tried to relieve pressure, the bowlers came up with wicket taking deliveries and made sure the batsmen couldn’t break out of their rut. Faheem Ashraf, in particular, was very impressive. In the end, the target Quetta posted was never going to be enough.

2. The Islamabad United were on a roll coming into this match and had won five on the bounce. After the end of this match, they had stretched their win streak to six. The Islamabad United swept aside the Quetta Gladiators with such ease that it was almost frightening. The bowling effort was near perfect for a T20 match up. The bowlers choked the flow of runs and didn’t allow the Gladiators batting lineup any room to breathe. Whenever the Gladiators tried to relieve pressure, the bowlers came up with wicket taking deliveries and made sure the batsmen couldn’t break out of their rut. Faheem Ashraf, in particular, was very impressive. In the end, the target Quetta posted was never going to be enough.

3. Quetta’s foreign players, usually so devastating, at the top were all kept quiet or removed early; Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Rilee Rossow made only 48 runs off 49 balls. Part of the reason for such a situation arising was the United’s bowling effort. However, the other part is that the Quetta batsman simply didn’t show patience or application during their stay at the crease. Hence, many of them gave their wickets away and left their bowlers with insufficient runs to bowl with.

4. Islamabad secure top spot with a game still to play; they are on 14 points with 7 wins from nine games. Quetta are still second, but could slip depending on results from Friday’s two games.

Teams
Islamabad United Quetta Gladiators
Misbah-ul-Haq (c)
Alex Hales
Sam Billings
Mohammad Hasan
Chadwick Walton
Rohail Nazir
Luke Ronchi
Amad Butt
JP Duminy
Hussain Talat
Samit Patel
Andre Russell
Shadab Khan
Faheem Ashraf
Samuel Badree
Steven Finn
Mohammad Sami
Rumman Raees
Zafar Gohar
Sarfraz Ahmed (skipper)
Asad Shafiq
Umer Amin
Muhammad Nawaz
Kevin Pietersen
Rahat Ali
Shane Watson
Hassaan Khan
Anwar Ali
Jofra Archer
Rilee Rosouw
Rameez Raja (jnr)
Saud Shakeel
Saad Ali
Mahmoodullah Riyadh
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