Gladiators claim first win of season to end PSL’s chasing streak
The unthinkable occurred on the fourteenth attempt Quetta Gladiators defeated Multan Sultans by 22 runs with a score of 154 for 7 (Usman Khan 81, Dhani 3-44). At the 14th attempt, the unthinkable occurred:the group that lost the throw and were approached to bat originally figured out how to dominate a game in the 2021 Pakistan Super Association.
Quetta Gladiators were unlikely to break the infamous chasing streak after going winless in their first four games, and it was an unlikely contender who got them to a score that could be defended.At the age of 25, Usman Khan made his official T20 debut, scoring 81 runs off 50 deliveries to lead them to 176 for 7, a total that could have been much higher if not for a stumble in the middle overs.
Multan Sultans became the first team to fail in a chase thanks to Nawaz, who scored a crucial century, Mohammad Rizwan’s third in five innings thus far in this tournament.
The Quetta Gladiators’ top-order batting and, more specifically, their two platinum draft picks at the beginning of this season were the focus of all of the discussion about the team. Usman Khan’s debut was a fireworks display.They had a ready-made opening partnership in Chris Gayle and Tom Banton, one of the shortest format’s GOATs and one of its brightest young talents.
The events have not gone according to plan.Gayle played two innings at No.Banton was dropped after scoring nine runs in two innings and watched Wednesday night’s game from self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Banton was 41 years old when he won a recall to the West Indies’ T20I set-up.
One of the best innings of the season thus far was pitched by the unknown Usman in their absence.After making a few first-class appearances for Karachi Whites in October 2017, he was last seen playing in the D20 tournament in the UAE in December. He was thrown into the mix with Saim Ayub, an 18-year-old, and the Gladiators got off to a flying start in Quetta Gladiators Vs Multan Sultans | Match 14 | PSL 6.
Usman was strong all over the field, but he was strongest square of the wicket, preferring the leg side.He was particularly hard on Carlos Brathwaite, who he hit for 27 in 11 balls, including a four and two sixes at the end of the 13th. However, his best shot against Imran Tahir was a clean shot over long-on.
Sultans fight back Tahir made his first start of the season, joining Shan Masood, Imran Khan, and Chris Lynn in place of Usman Qadir, Shahid Afridi, and Chris Lynn.He dedicated his first wicket to his close friend Tahir Mughal, who lost his fight with cancer in January, and it was an emotional night for him.
And a small collapse was sparked by Tahir’s second wicket, when he reverse-swept Usman on 81 and trapped him lbw.After Usman’s dismissal, Faf du Plessis made a run-a-ball 17 and played on off Sohail Khan with the ball. It took two cameos from Azam Khan and Mohammad Nawaz to get the Gladiators to 176 for 7 after 20 overs.
Although Shahnawaz Dhani bowled some excellent yorkers at the end, he was unable to consistently extract movement from the old ball and gave up 44 runs in four overs in Quetta Gladiators Vs Multan Sultans | Match 14 | PSL 6
Rizwan and James Vince’s strong start Rizwan and James Vince took advantage of a loose start from the Gladiators’ seamers and feasted on the legspinner Zahid Mahmood, going 53 for 0 inside the powerplay to stay level with the required rate.Additionally, Sarfaraz Ahmed destroyed both of his team’s early reviews.
After the powerplay, however, Qais and Nawaz came on and immediately applied the brakes.Qais pinned Shan Masood lbw while attempting to sweep in his second bout after removing Vince with a feathered edge to Sarfaraz in the first.The required rate is now 10.8, and the four overs immediately following the power play only resulted in 16 runs.
Rizwan led the rebuilding effort, surviving Sarfaraz’s optimistic stumping call on 49 and batting with the fluency that has defined his tournament. However, Rilee Rossouw scooped a catch to fine leg for Qais’s third strike.Khushdil Shah was the only real support for Rizwan after Sohaib Maqsood holed out to long-on. Despite an expensive third over from Dale Steyn, the rate continued to look beyond them.
In his third over, Mohammad Hasnain broke the curse by making two breakthroughs by bowling at a high rate. He got rid of Shah and Brathwaite, leaving Rizwan as the last man standing.He hit a hole shot off Mahmood, who later caught Sohail at long-on. Ben Cutting’s drop at mid-off prevented him from scoring a hat trick.Even though Tahir hit a six over Hasnain’s covers, the Gladiators were still able to win the game.
In terms of net run-rate, the Gladiators remain last, sharing points with the Sultans.After losing four of their last five games, both teams share the same record and are already in serious danger of missing out on the playoffs.
Quetta Gladiators finally managed to open their account on the points tally with a 22-run victory over Multan Sultans, successfully defending 176 for 7, thanks to Usman Khan’s blinder upfront. Qais AhmadMohammad NawazPakistanGladiators vs. SultansPSL Usman 81 helps Gladiators register their first win.
In his first at-bat, Usman scored nine runs and hit a slew of home runs to propel the Gladiators to a powerplay total of 55 without a loss.Together with Sain Ayub, he dominated the 69-run opening stand, which included several boundaries and a six from his 18-ball 23.Usman and Faf du Plessis (17) continued to dominate their 53-run partnership, falling 19 short of a hundred in the 14th over.Sultans made their breakthrough once more thanks to Imran Tahir.
Gladiators were poised for a strong finish thanks to Usman, but his premature loss slowed them down.In the final over, Shahnawaz Dhani picked three, including Ben Cutting (20 off 10) to keep Gladiators at 176 for 7.
In-form Mohammad Rizwan and James Vince put Sultans in command early in the chase with a 63-run opening stand in eight overs.However, Qais Ahmad sparked a collapse by not only overcoming the perilous first stand but also taking two more wickets in subsequent overs to finish with figures of 3 for 21 from four overs.
In his 50-ball 66, Rizwan held one end up and hit two sixes and seven boundaries, keeping Sultans in the hunt as long as he was in the middle.However, Sultans collapsed for 154 after his wicket in the 18th over.Mohammad Hasnain and Zahid Mahmood each picked two, and Dale Steyn opened his account with what turned out to be the game’s final ball.
Brief ratings: In 20 overs, Quetta Gladiators scored 176/7 (Usman Khan 81;In 19.4 overs, Shahnawaz Dhani (3-44, Imran Tahir 2-29) defeated the Multan Sultans (Mohammad Rizwan 66, James Vince 24);by 22 runs (Qais Ahmad 3-21, Mohammad Hasnain 2-24).
Multan and Quetta have been last in the table, and Quetta has scored their first points today.Fifth win in a row.They were unable to overcome Multan’s obstacles without a complete team effort.To put together this team, they not only batted exceptionally well but also bowled and fielded superbly.That concludes the day.Tomorrow, we will return with additional cricketing action.
Ahmed Sarfaraz: We will gain a lot of confidence because it was a significant victory for us.With three spinners, we took a chance, and today it paid off.We played in accordance with the situation and the pitch.I want to give Usman Khan credit for the kind of knock he played.The bowlers performed admirably, and the fielders kept their catches.an overall performance by the group.
The winner of the match, Qais Ahmad:The coach and captain instructed me to adhere to the plan.I kept it simple and stuck to my lines.I bowled slowly and fast, but I didn’t use the googly as much tonight.
Muhammad Rizwan: Fielding requires significant improvement.We simply cannot concede four or five runs as we did.It gets tough.In Twenty20s, 10-15 runs is a significant difference.Our batting must also perform well.Cricket is a game of pressure, and things don’t always go your way.However, their bowlers deserve credit, and Qais bowled well.My leg is hurting, but I hope to get better soon.They were 122 for 1, but only got 176 in the end.However, Multan never received any sort of support for their skipper.In the end, they failed spectacularly.
Hasnain Mohammad: I’m very pleased with how well I bowl.It was unfortunate that I did not take wickets in the previous games, and we also did not win games.Being able to play with Steyn and gain a lot of knowledge makes me very happy.I’ve also received assistance with yorkies from Umar bhai.
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