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Sports

Web Desk
March 2, 2021

PSL 2021: Islamabad United extend Quetta Gladiators' win-less streak

Sports

Web Desk
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

The Quetta Gladiators remain win less after Islamabad United beat them by six wickets  in the 12th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Karachi's National Stadium.

United's Paul Stirling hit an early half-century to build off the spells from Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf in the first innings — that had restricted Quetta Gladiators from scoring.

The side chased an easy 157-run target — on a pitch that has seen nearly 200 being chased — as their openers performed well.

Stirling hit 56, Alex Hales 23, the young Rohail Nazir 34, and Shadab Khan hit 21.

Meanwhile, the Gladiators' opening order collapsed in the power play, however, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (54) and Mohammad Nawaz (31) led the way from then onwards — which was not enough.

Islamabad's bowlers played well, with Faheem Ashraf picking up three wickets and conceding only 11 runs, while Hasan Ali took two and Shadab Khan took one wicket.

Quetta haven’t had the start they wanted in the tournament, losing all three games initially. They were first outplayed by the Karachi Kings before being knocked down by Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi.

The game was delayed yesterday after a player from Islamabad United, Fawad Ahmed, tested positive for coronavirus.

Yesterday, the match between them was postponed after a player from the United's squad tested positive for coronavirus. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), confirming to Geo News, said that the match will would be played at the same time, 7pm tomorrow.

In the statement, the PCB said that the coronavirus test results of players from both squads have come back negative. "This is being done to ensure players from both sides get time to prepare for the game," it said.

SQUADS:

Islamabad United: Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Hassan Ali, Paul Stirling, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Zeeshan Zameer

Quetta Gladiators: Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn.