Islamabad United got their fourth win of the PSL 2021 against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai on Friday night. Shadab Khan’s troops reached the target within 10 overs.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have been the worst side in this season, winning only once in six games. They remain at the bottom of the table with only two points in hand after losing in a one-sided contest to Islamabad United.
In the first inning, the Gladiators’ batting line-up proved to be a futile resistance against the United pace cartel. They set a small total of 134 for United, which openers Colin Munro (90*) and Usman Khawaja (40*) chased down in 10 overs.
Munro struck 12 fours and five sixes to take away all hopes of Quetta supporters early in the game.
The unbeaten opening stand put up a record-breaking 100 run partnership, which was the fastest in the PSL history as the United openers reach the 100-run mark in the seventh over.
Shadab Khan’s views
Winning captain Shadab Khan hailed the United bowlers who were able to contain Quetta’s batsmen from the beginning.
“The bowling has been good all tournament, and in a T20 tournament, your bowling makes you win competitions. Things depend on the situation, we won the toss, it wasn’t easy to bat in the first innings, but was easier in the second innings. Want to continue doing good things next game too,” Khan said.
“Our bowlers Musa, Akif, Wasim did well. Akif is playing after a long time, comebacks are not easy. Musa’s two crucial wickets. Wasim’s bowling all tournament is great. What’s good is our youngsters are doing well. Hasan and I bowled well too, as a unit we are bowling well. If you can restrict under 140 in T20, you know you’re bowling well.”
Speaking about his close friend and United medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf, Khan said that he will hopefully recovered by end of the league. He said: “[Faheem Ashraf] is an important player so we are not risking his recovery by bringing him quickly.”
Sarfaraz praises United openers
Quetta’s score was below par at the Dubai track and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was well aware of it. While speaking after the match, he remarked: “Score was low, and bowling wasn’t good, we didn’t expect them to chase so quickly.”
Ahmed was all praise for the United openers who took the game away from his side in a jiffy. “Got to praise Munro and Khawaja. We didn’t bowl well, and of course, batting wasn’t good either. But we also need help winning the toss,” he added.
Islamabad United: Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Akif Javed, Rohail Nazir, Hasan Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Quetta Gladiators: Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis, Jake Weatherald, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azam Khan, Andre Russell, Jack Wildermuth, Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mahmood, Khurram Shahzad, Mohammad Hasnain.