Paul Stirling, seamers trample Quetta Gladiators
Due to Covid-related absences, United could only field two overseas players, but they still prevailed. In Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 12 | PSL 6 Islamabad United won the toss and won the game, winning 157 for 4 (Stirling 56, Nazir 34, Mahmood 2-29) to Quetta Gladiators’ 156 for 7 (Sarfaraz 54, Ashraf 3-11, Ali 2-23) by six wickets.Even though that is still the story of this year’s Pakistan Super League, reducing the contest to that dynamic would diminish a spellbinding performance from a team plagued by issues off the field. The absences of Covid-related players meant that the two-time champions could only field two overseas players.
Paul Stirling was one of them, and his powerplay goal knocked out the Quetta Gladiators before they could try to defend their subpar 156.Stirling hit his half-century off just 21 balls in the fifth over of the chase, helping his team score 76 runs off the powerplay.That left the chasing team with less than a run per ball for the rest of the innings, and Shadab Khan’s team got there with three overs left despite slowing down.
The psychological burden increases the longer the batting first team fails to win.Mental obstacles are particularly difficult for the Gladiators, who haven’t won a toss yet. However, losing four wickets on the powerplay is unlikely to put a team in a strong position in any league.
Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali scored on the power play, but Faheem Ashraf came back at the end to shut down the scoring and tear through the lower third.Sarfaraz Ahmed provided the only resistance, scoring a 54-ball 41 to help the Gladiators reach a total they might have a chance of defending.
Two overs through the center saw Ahmed at his best power-hitting capacity for a really long time.He would manipulate the field to pick up three boundaries that kept the scoreboard ticking against Khan, who appeared especially dangerous as he flighted a ball that gripped the surface.
The following over, he would take Iftikhar Ahmed to the cleaners.The all-rounder was hit for four sixes in a row, all of which were offside, and United missed a chance to play into Ahmed’s strengths:right-arm off turn.The Gladiators ended up with a score that appeared to be significantly below par when pace was introduced, and the scoring dried up once more.
Despite his blistering batwork for the national team and his franchise, Ashraf has recently come under fire for his lackluster ball skills.However, the man who recently stated that he would consider himself an all-round bowler “till the day I retire” today demonstrated why he maintains such self-confidence in that sport.
He was relentlessly accurate when going for the yorkers and judicious in the way he mixed up his length and pace. With his first ball, he got Cameron Delport out, and a short delivery got Azam Khan out for a priceless scalp.
Khan once more turned to Ashraf, who promptly decreased the scoring rate and even trapped the Gladiators captain with his penultimate delivery after Ahmed threatened to assist the Gladiators in getting closer to 180.The figures of 4-0-11-3 are a fitting tribute, but the impact of each wicket demonstrated his continued value to his team as a bowler.
Nawaz’s bad dream
Mohammad Nawaz hasn’t missed a game for Quetta Combatants in the most amazing aspect of a portion of 10 years, and a few extremely valuable commitments make sense of why he’s a particularly nailed-on player for the side.His cameo with the bat led to Quetta’s 178-run victory over Lahore Qalandars last week.
Nawaz, on the other hand, struggled to effectively complement his captain through a 63-run partnership for the sixth wicket, to which he contributed only 18 runs, when his team needed a significant contribution with both the bat and the ball following a poor start on Tuesday.The entire innings was a stop-start, obliged undertaking;in the last four overs, while he was the senior batsman, just a solitary limit was hit.Nawaz would earn 31 points out of a possible 29 in Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 12 | PSL 6.
Additionally, it was about to worsen.He was given the job of opening the bowling because he was unwilling to give Alex Hales and Stirling pace on the ball.He would catch Stirling, though, who was in great form. In the first over, he was hit for three boundaries and gave up 17 runs, setting the stage for a crushing United victory.He was bowled out for 24 more runs in two more overs, and if the Gladiators in general had a bad day, Nawaz in particular would want to forget about it.
With only the net run-rate separating the three teams, United joins Peshawar Zalmi and Qalandars at the top of the points table.The Gladiators, on the other hand, lost each of their four matches, resulting in a pointless and winless record.
Paul Stirling, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Sarfaraz Ahmed will compete for the Quetta Gladiators against the United PSL Teams:
Squad of Quetta Gladiators: Islamabad United’s starting lineup includes Saim Ayub, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Sarfaraz Ahmed (w/c), Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dale Steyn, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Shinwari, Anwar Ali, Qais Ahmad, Tom Banton, Naseem Shah, Arish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, and Usman Khan.Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Philip Salt (w), Shadab Khan (c), Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Fawad Ahmed, Lewis Gregory, Zafar Gohar, Ali Khan, Muhammad Musa, Rohail Nazir, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, and Zeeshan Zameer are the other members of the group.
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