Islamabad United won by 63 runs | Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators PSL 8 | QG vs IU Match 12 PSL 2023 Sincerely, it was a contest between a PSL has-been and an elite PSL team. Since winning their only trophy in 2019, Quetta Gladiators have been the league’s worst team, suffering their 23rd defeat in 35 games against a hot Islamabad United team. United scored 220, the highest score at this year’s PSL, thanks to Azam Khan’s glut of manic power-hitting with 97 runs in 42 balls. As the chase sputtered to a halt, United’s spin bowlers took four of the top six wickets, guaranteeing the Gladiators’ defeat by 63 runs.
In their history, United had only chosen to bat first twice, and in the first few overs, it appeared that they had misjudged. Mohammad Hasnain outwitted Rassie van der Dussen and Rahmanullah Gurbaz as he continued his little purple streak. In the Powerplay, United only got to 39-2, and it took them eight overs to get to 50.
However, Azam had just arrived, and he and Asif Ali would form a partnership that was almost violent in its relentlessness. The pair scored 98 runs in 7.3 innings, mostly hitting sixes rather than boundaries for a while. In the final 12 overs, 15 sixes flew out of the ground, throwing the Gladiators into chaos as they watched vintage United make mincemeat of an encouraging start.
In reality, it was all about Azam, even though Asif was able to provide support. He demonstrated why he is regarded as one of Pakistan’s best powerhitters with this innings. Naseem Shah, Aimal Khan, and, most notably, Hasnain were all taken out in consecutive overs, producing 83 runs in those five overs. The shot that best exemplified Azam’s inherent elegance and brutality, a pick-up sweep off Hasnain from wide outside off for a 102-meter six over a cow corner, might just end up being the shot of the tournament. Gladiators had become exhausted by this point. Even though Azam was denied the hundred he so richly deserved by an Odean Smith slower ball off the final ball of the innings, United had already increased to 220.
The chase for the Gladiators was heavily dependent on the top three, and they needed something special from Martin Guptill, Jason Roy, and Will Smeed, who was back. However, United ended those hopes before the chase even started, as Fazalhaq Farooqi eliminated Guptill and Abrar Ahmed broke through the defenses of both Englishmen. Realistic hopes for the Gladiators were dashed along with the trio in 3.1 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed moved back the years with an engaging 69-run organization, however were just deferring the inescapable. As the Gladiators attempted to salvage a net run rate that was already struggling, Iftikhar Ahmed was also effective for a few lustful blows. After Shadab Khan eliminated Sarfaraz and Mohammad Nawaz in a single round, the match came to an end quickly. As Gladiators lost their final six wickets in 4.1 overs, Hasan Ali contributed with two more.
The Gladiators’ previous three PSL campaigns ended in the first round, and even though this year’s tournament is only half over, it’s becoming impossible to see any other outcome for the team that used to be the most consistent in the league.Islamabad United won by 63 runs | Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators PSL 8 | QG vs IU Match 12 PSL 2023.
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