DUBAI: Two-time HBL Pakistan Super League runners-up Quetta Gladiators returned to winning ways at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday by securing a six-wicket victory over Multan Sultans.
The toss yet again played a key role and Sarfraz Ahmed made no mistake once he had won it as the Sultans struggled to 121 all out. Johnson Charles (46 off 36 balls, five fours and one six) was the lone batsman to play an innings of substance.
Sohail Tanvir and man-of-the-match Dwayne Bravo both returned identical figures of 3-19 in their four overs. The retired West Indian sent back Sultans captain Shoaib Malik (21) as well as Shahid Afridi.
Without taking too many risks, the Gladiators won with one over to spare. Shane Watson (33 off 25 balls) had the major share in a 49-run stand for the first wicket with Ahsan Ali (17).
The Gladiators have all but qualified for the playoffs along with Peshawar Zalmi, who now lead the standings on net run-rate as the two franchises have 10 points each.
The Sultans’ sixth loss in eight matches has almost ended their dream of making the next stage as they remain at the bottom of the table.
U. Siddique c Watson b Hasnain14
J.M. Vince b Nawaz9
J. Charles lbw b Nawaz46
T.J. Moores b Bravo9
Shoaib Malik c Nawaz b Bravo21
D.T. Christian run out2
Shahid Afridi c Ahsan b Bravo4
Nauman Ali c Rossouw b Sohail3
M. Ilyas c Bravo b Sohail2
Mohammad Irfan b Sohail0
Mohammad Abbas not out1
EXTRAS (B-4, LB-2, W-4)10
TOTAL (all out, 20 overs)121
FALL OF WKTS: 1-12, 2-62, 3-75, 4-98, 5-100, 6-112, 7-115, 8-120, 9-120.
BOWLING: Sohail Tanvir 4-0-19-3 (2w); Mohammad Nawaz 4-0-32-2; Mohammad Hasnain 4-0-20-1 (1w); Bravo 4-0-19-3 (1w); Fawad Ahmed 4-0-25-0.
S.R. Watson b Afridi33
Ahsan Ali b Afridi17
Ahmed Shehzad not out28
R.R. Rossouw run out35
Umar Akmal c sub b Ilyas0
D.J. Bravo not out2
EXTRAS (LB-4, W-2, NB-1)7
TOTAL (for four wkts, 19 overs)122
FALL OF WKTS: 1-49, 2-55, 3-103, 4-106.
DID NOT BAT: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed.
BOWLING: Mohammad Abbas 4-0-33-0; Mohammad Irfan Nauman Ali 4-0-25-0 (1nb); Shahid Afridi 4-0-18-2; Shoaib Malik 4-0-22-0 (1w); Mohammad Ilyas 2-0-14-1 (1w).
UMPIRES: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) and R.K. Illingworth (England).
TV UMPIRE: Rashid Riaz (Pakistan).
MATCH REFEREE: Mohammad Anees (Pakistan).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Dwayne Bravo.
Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2019