Islamabad United Triumphs Over Quetta Gladiators with 180-Run Chase
Match 20: Islamabad United triumphs over Quetta Gladiators with a 180-run chase in the HBL PSL 2023. Additionally, Islamabad United becomes the second team to qualify for the playoffs of the PSL 8. Moreover, there was an extreme thrill all the time during the match. Islamabad United was looking in a weak position after 12 overs but they handled the situation and chased down the target of 180 runs.
TOSS: Islamabad United won the toss and opted to chase the target:
Once again, Quetta Gladiators had hard luck tonight as they could not win. Even after brilliant batting by Umar Akmal, Najeebullah Zadran, and Mohammad Nawaz. Meanwhile, the bowling of Quetta Gladiators was not bad as well but it was all in vain.
Umaid Asif got three wickets while Mohammad Nawaz dismissed two batsmen in this match. But Islamabad United’s long batting lineup took advantage of itself and Faheem Ashraf got them victorious in match 21 of PSL 2023.
It was the last chance for Quetta Gladiators to step up and move back into the PSL 8. But yet they failed again and the downfall is upon them. They cannot qualify for the playoffs now because they do not have that kind of winning rate. Quetta Gladiators has only won 1 match out of a total of 7 matches played by them.
Furthermore, Quetta Gladiators have only three matches remaining. One against Karachi Kings tomorrow, the other one against Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans on 8th March and 11th March respectively.
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PSL 2023: Islamabad United Triumphs Over Quetta Gladiators
Quetta Gladiators Highlights
QGvsIU Match 21 KK Batting Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators lost four wickets in the powerplay display of negligence of the batting lineup. But afterward, Nawaz and Zadran played beautifully and took the score above a hundred. Both had a short fifty in this match of Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United. Both had an over-century runs partnership against Islamabad United giving a bit of relief to their batting.
Najeebullah Zadran played in place of Martin Guptill in this match. Similarly, Umar Akmal was replaced by Umar Akmal. Both decisions proved to be profitable for Quetta Gladiators. But the rest of the batters did not perform at all. It was not just their batting but also more of Islamabad United’s skillful bowling attack.
Umar Akmal came in place of Nawaz and he was just completely outstanding. He outshined tonight by hitting 5 sixes and 2 fours in a brief inning of just 14 balls. He took the score over 150 runs and gave a good and competitive target for Islamabad United to chase.
Islamabad United Highlights
Islamabad United seals off their place in the playoff of the HBL PSL 8 by winning this match. In this match, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Alex did not have their day. But Colin Munro sure had a great night as he stroked 63 runs from just 29 balls. Moving forward, Shadab Khan, Mubasir Khan, and Asif also did not play much.
After their dismissal, Azam Khan and Faheem Ashraf came up with a match-winning partnership. Once again, Azam Khan proves to be one of the best young batters full of talent and ready to be sharpened. However, it was Faheem who hit three consecutive boundaries at the start of the last over. And that’s how Islamabad United won by two wickets against Quetta Gladiators in match 21.
Islamabad United’s bowling attack was deadly tonight but they lost their momentum in the last few overs. Especially when Umar Akmal was on strike. Fazalhaq Farooqi was in the playing XI of IU tonight. He bowled impressively and got his team two early wickets and dismissed Nawaz in the middle.
Faheem Ashraf had good bowling tonight other than batting. Because he took Sarfaraz and Iftikhar out of the competition. However, Sarfaraz’s catch by Mubasir Khan was tough luck. He hit a good shot but the fielding did not let him have a boundary.
In a thrilling match, Islamabad United emerged victorious over Quetta Gladiators with a remarkable 180-run chase. Their exceptional performance showcased their tenacity and skill. The triumph not only highlighted their batting prowess but also underscored their determination. A resounding victory that will surely be etched in cricket enthusiasts’ memories.