Cutting stars as Quetta Gladiators beat Islamabad United by 5 wickets in PSL thriller

Published February 27, 2020
Quetta Gladiators batsmen Ben Cutting, left, and Mohammad Nawaz, right, react after taking the winning run during the Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match against Islamabad United at Rawalpindi Stadium on Thursday. — AP
Quetta Gladiators batsmen Ben Cutting, left, and Mohammad Nawaz, right, react after taking the winning run during the Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match against Islamabad United at Rawalpindi Stadium on Thursday. — AP
Luke Ronchi was bowled out by a blistering delivery from Naseem Shah— Photo courtesy PSL Twitter
Luke Ronchi was bowled out by a blistering delivery from Naseem Shah— Photo courtesy PSL Twitter
Quetta Gladiators won the toss. — DawnNewsTv
Quetta Gladiators won the toss. — DawnNewsTv

Quetta Gladiators inflicted a five-wicket defeat on Islamabad United in a nail-biting contest of Pakistan Super League-V (PSL-V) at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Chasing a respectable target of 188 runs set for them by two-time winners United, defending champions Gladiators finished with a score of 190-5 with two balls to spare in the ninth match of the tournament.

Although Jason Roy kept the momentum going for the Gladiators with his 38-ball 50 until he was dismissed in the 12th over, it was player of the match Ben Cutting (42 off 17) who saw the team home with his two consecutive sixes in the last over.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed pitched in with a 20-ball 33 and Mohammad Nawaz with a 20-ball 25.

Earlier, Islamabad United finished with a score of 187-7 after being sent in to bat.

The team looked to be in a precarious position after losing three wickets during the first few overs of the match. But Colin Ingram pulled his side back from the brink, scoring a cool 63 runs off 40 balls.

Shadab Khan also contributed to the final tally of 187 runs by scoring 39 runs from 25 balls.

Earlier, the Gladiators had won the toss and opted to field first.

Luke Ronchi and Dawid Malan were dismissed during the first and third overs, respectively, courtesy excellent bowling by Naseem Shah.

The two rivals were playing against each other exactly a week after the fifth PSL edition got underway.

Squads

Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (c), Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, Dawid Malan, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Ammad Butt, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Musa Khan

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Shane Watson, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Keemo Paul, Jason Roy, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal

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