Munro smashes 90 as Islamabad United embarrass Quetta Gladiators by chasing target in 10 overs
The United Bowlers also contributed;A spellbinding, soul-destroying, and record-breaking opening partnership between Usman Khawaja and Colin Munro saw Islamabad United thrash Quetta Gladiators by 10 wickets, finishing off the target of 134 with an eye-watering 10 overs to spare. Javed and Wasim combined their eight overs for 30 runs, and Hasan took two wickets.in Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 18 | PSL 6 Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators 137 for no loss (Munro 90*, Khawaja 40Islamabad scored 97 in the first six overs, the highest Powerplay total in PSL history, with Munro scoring his half-century in 20 balls;He would proceed to complete unbeaten on 90 having confronted only 36 conveyances.
In fact, only three times has top-flight franchise T20 cricket seen a higher powerplay total, and the Gladiators were powerless against a truly stunning assault.The Gladiators are on the verge of being eliminated from the tournament as a result.
United led from start to finish, with the exception of the first over, when Hasan Ali threw away 15 runs.While Mohammad Musa weathered a couple of big sixes from Andre Russell to come back and dismiss the Gladiators’ star man the same over, Akif Javed and Mohammad Wasim kept things tight and made regular inroads.Worse yet, he hit Russell in the head with a few balls earlier, resulting in a lengthy concussion test.Russell was taken to the hospital on a stretcher after the game, but he never returned to the field.
On the field, however, the Gladiators continued to lose wickets frequently without ever really threatening to escape United’s bowlers.With a steady 43, Jake Weatherald made the most significant contribution, but when his team needed someone else to step up, there was no one there.In a sluggish innings, Azam Khan struggled with his fluency, and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was out early.They needed to make a big contribution with the bat because the team was bowled out for 133, but Khawaja and Munro quickly proved them wrong in Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators | Match 18 | PSL 6.
The stand that set a new record Observant PSL viewers may be aware that United likes to take full advantage of the powerplay with good batters from overseas, but this may be the best example of the art in this league’s history.Munro fulfilled the role that his former Kiwi teammate Luke Ronchi executed with such perfection for this side by starting things off with Naseem Shah’s first over by using a combination of pure timing and artistic placement.The floodgates opened after Naseem, Russell’s concussion replacement, was run out for 19 in the first over, and Khawaja soon joined in.
Strangely, the Gladiators continued to play the ball at a snail’s pace, which allowed Khawaja, a skilled timer, to score.In the third over of the innings, fellow Australian Jack Wildermuth hit three caressed fours before Mohammad Hasnain was caught and caught over fine leg, all at the tearaway fast bowler’s own pace.The game quickly ended as a contest after the 50, and the records started to fall.
Khawaja and Munro had the highest run rate of any 100-plus partnership in PSL history, and it wasn’t even mindless slogging.Munro reverse-swept Mohammad Nawaz for six over third man in the tenth over, putting Sarfaraz’s side out of their misery seemed like an act of mercy. The two used field placement, perfect timing, and sharp footwork to stay one step ahead of the helpless Gladiators.
The absence of Faheem Ashraf, United’s ideal replacement, for three games appeared to be a crucial setback, but Javed and Wasim skillfully filled in at the top of the inning.After a free opening over from Hasan took steps to permit the Combatants to get off to a flyer, Javed solidified with a clean six balls from his end.He then tagged Wasim in, who worked veteran South African Faf du Plessis over with a vicious rearing bouncer before cleaning up the middle stump with a low shot, leaving him initially confused and then embarrassed.
The Gladiators were completely put on the back foot as a result, and in the five powerplay innings that the pair pitched, the batters only scored 21 runs.They weren’t done, though, and Akif came back to knock Weatherald out with a leg-stump full toss after all three stumps were exposed for a ramp shot. He outthought the Australian.Wasim, on the other hand, got Nawaz to walk back with a near-perfect middle and leg stump yorker that knocked his stump back.The story of Islamabad’s dominance in that first innings was well-illustrated by their combined score of 8-0-30-3.
With eight points, United moves into second place, while the Gladiators fall further and further to the bottom with just one win in six games.
Usman Khawaja Colin Munro Akif Javed Mohammad Wasim Jake Weatherald Quetta Gladiators Islamabad United Pakistan Gladiators vs. United PSL That concludes one of the most lopsided T20 matches you’ll ever see.Quetta entered this game on the verge of doom, and after this crushing defeat, they have no choice but to win every game from this point forward.And even that might not be sufficient.
On the other hand, Islamabad United will be pleased with how they recovered from their defeat to Lahore two nights earlier.Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for more PSL action and T20 thrills.For the time being, Rishi Roy and Pradeep Krishnamurthy, on behalf of Hari Sadanandan, are signing off.Cheers!!
Shadab Khan: We lost the last game, which was close.Any outcome would have been possible.We performed exceptionally well today, and there were numerous advantages for us.The bowling really improved, and winning tournaments requires that.Today, it was important to win the toss.In comparison to the first innings, the second innings were easier to bat in.Dew plays a role.
It is essential to continue doing good things.All praise goes to the bowlers.Hasan Ali performed as he always does, and Wasim and Musa were really impressive.It’s great to see how well the kids are doing.We are not yet putting him at risk; he (Faheem) is undergoing evaluation.He should be available near the end of the league stages, we hope.He plays a major role for us.
Colin Munro was named the match’s MVP.I think we evaluated the circumstances well.Today’s wicket improved, and the toss was a good one to win.We didn’t give ourselves enough time to build an innings in the first game.We did that better today, and it involved forming partnerships.
It played much better in the second innings because our bowlers were able to put pressure on them in the Quetta innings.Later on, it did get wetter, allowing it to skid on.We definitely had better conditions for batting.
Ahmed Sarfaraz: Yes, we did not have enough runs.The game was then taken from us by Munro.Not only do we need to bowl better, but we also need to bat better.We also need to have luck with the toss.We will try to get things back on track quickly.
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