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Pakistan Super League 2016
11th Match, Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (11 Feb 2016)
Islamabad United

117/10 (19.1) RR:6.1

Quetta Gladiators won by 7 wkts

MOM: Grant Elliott
Quetta Gladiators

118/3 (16.1) RR:7.3

Okay, we are back. As much as you might be tempted, don't discount a close match. This pitch is a cracked mirror that is, at times, letting the ball rip square. It's slow and but for Watson's arms, hitting might be difficult. The now-compulsory huddle is on. Mohammad sticks out of the mob like a Burj Khalifa. The TV's flashing still-looking live pictures at me. Hold on. And...it's live now. Here we go!

Islamabad United looked like a shadow of themselves. Yesterday they looked as if they can't put a foot wrong and today they appeared as if they cannot stand on their own feet. It was an absolute hara-kiri. The ones who got starts threw it away and the rest kept trying the million dollar strokes only to perish quickly. Credit must go to Quetta Gladiators bowlers for varying the pace and consuming wickets at regular intervals. The chase will be live in about 15 minutes....

19.1 - Anwar Ali to Ajmal, out Caught by Babar!! That's it. Islamabad United are all out for a paltry total. Slower length delivery outside off, Ajmal goes for the pull and it was a mistimed stroke. Ball balloons high and towards deep square leg who grabs a sitter. Ajmal c Babar b Anwar Ali 10(6) [6s-1]

Anwar Ali to Ajmal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Anwar Ali [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

Over: 19 1 Wd 1 1 0 W 0 ISU 117/9
Irfan 0(1) Ajmal 10(5) Aizaz Cheema 3-0-14-2

18.6 - Aizaz Cheema to Irfan, no run, good length delivery targetting the stumps, Irfan nudges it in front of mid-wicket

Mohammad Irfan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.5 - Aizaz Cheema to Rumman Raees, out Bowled!! TIMBAHHHH! Slower back of a length delivery and Rumman Raees didn't even read the S of slower delivery there. He steps out and misses out on a big heave. You miss I hit stuff from Aizaz Cheema. Rumman Raees b Aizaz Cheema 2(5)

Aizaz Cheema to Rumman Raees, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

18.4 - Aizaz Cheema to Rumman Raees, no run, full and just outside off, that's drilled and clattered the stumps at the other end, Ajmal looks to squeeze a single but Raees was quick to send him back

18.3 - Aizaz Cheema to Ajmal, 1 run, too full and too good for Ajmal who can only inside-edge the flick to long leg

18.2 - Aizaz Cheema to Rumman Raees, 1 run, slower length delivery outside off, Raees punches off the toe of the bat, in front of mid-off for a quick single

18.2 - Aizaz Cheema to Rumman Raees, wide, slower fuller delivery slipping down leg, skids off the surface as Raees leaves

18.1 - Aizaz Cheema to Ajmal, 1 run, back of a length delivery wide of off, Ajmal opens the bat face and angles it past a diving backward point

Aizaz Cheema [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

Over: 18 2 1 6 Wd 1 0 ISU 113/8
Rumman Raees 1(2) Ajmal 8(3) Elliott 4-0-25-3

17.6 - Elliott to Rumman Raees, no run, change-of-pace delivery, just outside off, Raees brings his bat in front of his pad to play a solid defence

17.5 - Elliott to Ajmal, 1 run, tucked away off the pads to backward square

17.5 - Elliott to Ajmal, wide, sprayed down leg and Ajmal doesn't bother with it

17.4 - Elliott to Ajmal, SIX, woof! That's some striking. Steadies himself inside the crease and clobbers a straight six over the long-off fielder

17.3 - Elliott to Rumman Raees, 1 run, off-pace good length delivery on off, Raees dabs to backward point

17.2 - Elliott to Ajmal, 1 run, hurled on the pads, clipped away to short fine

Rumman Raees, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.1 - Elliott to Kamran Ghulam, out Caught by Anwar Ali!! Two in Two for Quetta Gladiators. Take a bow Anwar Ali - He makes up for the previous drop. Clings on to a stunner and Kamran Ghulam is back on his bike. It was a short delivery asking to be smashed, Ghulam mistimed the pull and Ali comes forward and dives full length to pluck a blinder. Kamran Ghulam c Anwar Ali b Elliott 9(12)

Elliott to Kamran Ghulam, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Saeed Ajmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 17 2 1 1 1 1 1 Nb 1 1 W 0 ISU 103/7
A Russell 10(13) Kamran Ghulam 9(11) Babar 4-0-29-2

16.6 - Babar to A Russell, out Lbw!! So, no heroics from Russell. Credit to Zulfiqar Babar for bowling a peach of a delivery. It was full and dipped right in front of Russell's back knee. He was threatening to go over mid-wicket with a big, booming stroke. Misses and is hit on the back leg, right in front of middle. That would have crashed the base of middle and leg. A Russell lbw b Babar 10(13) [4s-1]

Babar to A Russell, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

16.5 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, waltzes down the track and biffs this full toss to long-off

16.4 - Babar to A Russell, 1 run, darted full and just outside off, Babar is giving absolutely nothing to work with, Russell can only find a single - Through extra cover

16.3 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, slower and sliding in with the arm, Ghulam drops to one knee and sweeps off the inside half through backward square

16.2 - Babar to A Russell, 1 run, another yorker just outside off, Russell allows it to dip and drills a drive to long-off

16.1 - Babar to A Russell, no run, perfect yorker on middle and leg, Russell jams his bat down in time

Over: 16 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 ISU 99/6
A Russell 8(9) Kamran Ghulam 7(9) Elliott 3-0-15-2

15.6 - Elliott to A Russell, 1 run, serves up width outside off, Russell flat-bats the drive through extra cover

15.5 - Elliott to A Russell, FOUR, that's thrashed! Past the bowler for a boundary, full and straight, Russell didn't get all of it but his power takes over

15.4 - Elliott to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, flicked away behind square

15.3 - Elliott to A Russell, 1 run, off-cutter that bounces extra around off, Russell attempts a smite and thick top-edge lands safely in the unmanned mid-wicket region

15.2 - Elliott to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, slower full delivery crying to go down leg, Ghulam hangs back and drags the pull along the ground, a single to long leg

15.1 - Elliott to A Russell, 1 run, length delivery on the hip, tucked away to deep square

Grant Elliott [2.0-0-6-2] is back into the attack

Over: 15 1 ISU 90/6
Kamran Ghulam 5(7) A Russell 1(5) Babar 3-0-25-1

14.6 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, no run, steps out and drives this loopy ball to cover, Shehzad makes a diving stop to his right

14.5 - Babar to A Russell, 1 run, keeps it full on middle, Russell bunts it wide of mid-wicket, off the mark with a single

14.4 - Babar to A Russell, no run, yorker on off, Russell keeps it out

14.3 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, arm-ball on middle, clipped away behind square

14.2 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, 2 runs, slower and on the stumps, Ghulam mistimes the slog sweep through mid-wicket

14.1 - Babar to Kamran Ghulam, no run, 83ks, full on the pads, pushed back to the bowler

Zulfiqar Babar [2.0-0-21-1] is back into the attack

Time-out!

Over: 14 0 Nb 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 ISU 86/6
A Russell 0(3) Kamran Ghulam 2(3) Mohammad Nawaz 4-0-29-1

13.6 - Mohammad Nawaz to A Russell, no run, this one held on the pitch a little, slower slider on off, Russell blocks

13.5 - Mohammad Nawaz to A Russell, no run, shortish and not short enough to crunch the cut, Russell goes for the shot and is beaten

13.4 - Mohammad Nawaz to A Russell, no run, slider on middle, pushed back to the bowler

Andre Russell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.3 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Nawaz gets his man. Darts a quicker delivery outside off, the ball grips and bounces a fraction extra to catch the outside edge of Khalid who was trying to cut off the back foot. Imran Khalid c Sarfraz b Mohammad Nawaz 18(18) [4s-1 6s-1]

Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.2 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, SIX, flat and Khalid goes for a flat six over wide long-on. It was a loopy delivery wide of off, Khalid fetches the slog-sweep from there and sends it soaring over the fence

13.1 - Mohammad Nawaz to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, whipped away to deep mid-wicket, Imran Khalid thinks of a second but sent back

Over: 13 1 4 0 1 2 ISU 79/5
Imran Khalid 12(16) Kamran Ghulam 1(2) Nabi 2-0-10-1

12.6 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, FOUR, and to add insult to injury this one evades the fielder at backward point, touch short and wide, Khalid sits inside the crease and executes the late-cut to perfection

12.5 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, 2 runs, dropped by Anwar Ali. This was fired full on off, Khalid allows the ball to dip and smashes the loft wide of long-off. Ali covers good ground and looks to pluck it on the run, tumbles and allows the ball to burst through

12.4 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, no run, full and straight, Khalid taps it to the leg-side

12.3 - Nabi to Kamran Ghulam, 1 run, allows the ball to spin in and steers it with an open bat face towards short third man

12.2 - Nabi to Kamran Ghulam, no run, flat on middle and off, tamely pushed down the pitch

12.1 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, 1 run, floaty delivery on middle, Khalid gets a thick top-edge on the slog sweep which goes on the bounce to deep square

Over: 12 0 ISU 71/5
Imran Khalid 5(12) Kamran Ghulam 0(0) Mohammad Nawaz 3-0-22-0

11.6 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, 1 run, flat and full, wide of off, Khalid drives and this time he finds the gap through cover

11.5 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, 2 runs, full and wide, Khalid drives square on the off-side to nab a couple of runs

11.4 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, no run, tad short outside off, quicker too, Khalid fails to cut again

11.3 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, no run, fuller on leg-stump, Khalid comes forward, only to push it back to the bowler

11.2 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, no run, slower and wider of off, Khalid looks cut but misses

11.1 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, no run, slider on the stumps, Khalid comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler

Mohammad Nawaz [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Kamran Ghulam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 11 1 ISU 68/5
Khalid Latif 6(10) Imran Khalid 2(6) Nabi 1-0-2-1

10.6 - Nabi to Khalid Latif, out Lbw!! Another one bites the dust and Nabi is chuffed to bits. It was slower through the air, spun in and hit Latif in front of off. He walked across and tried to swat over mid-wicket, misses and up goes the finger. Replays show it might have bounced over off but the onfield umpire didn't think so. Khalid Latif lbw b Nabi 6(10)

Nabi to Khalid Latif, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

10.5 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, 1 run, sits back and glides it down to third man

10.4 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, no run, slower just outside off, Khalid prods forward to block

10.3 - Nabi to Khalid Latif, 1 run, tickles this to short fine

10.2 - Nabi to Khalid Latif, no run, another drifer from Nabi, misses Latif's groping push and hits him just outside off, jussssssst outside - Nervy moments

10.1 - Nabi to Khalid Latif, no run, loud appeal for lbw! That spun a long way and that might have been the reason. Tossed up and drifting in, Latif fails to shield that and gets slammed on the pads. Hit in line with middle and might, only might, have missed leg

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Over: 10 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 ISU 66/4
Imran Khalid 1(4) Khalid Latif 5(6) Elliott 2-0-6-2

9.6 - Elliott to Imran Khalid, no run, slower length delivery outside off, Khalid cuts but cannot find the gap again

9.5 - Elliott to Imran Khalid, no run, fullish outside off, chopped towards point

9.4 - Elliott to Imran Khalid, no run, angled in and gripped off the surface, Khalid didn't pick the slower delivery, plays a cross-batted stroke and misses, hit high on the pads and Elliott's ambitious appeal is turned down

9.3 - Elliott to Khalid Latif, 1 run, stroked to long-on for a joggy single

9.2 - Elliott to Imran Khalid, 1 run, oh! He misses out. Dishes out a full delivery wide of off, easily driven past cover

Imran Khalid, left handed bat, comes to the crease

9.1 - Elliott to S Billings, out Lbw!! "Grant Elliott has taken a long, long flight from New Zealand and he's making his presence felt" lauds Rameez Raza on air. He stole my words. Nice variations from Grant Elliott. Bowls a leg-cutter on middle, the ball grips and spins away late to strike the front pad of Billings. He was a dead duck there. PLUMBER THAN A PLUMBY McPLUMB. Elliott is on a hat-trick now. S Billings lbw b Elliott 2(4)

Elliott to S Billings, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Over: 9 4 W 0 1 Wd ISU 64/3
S Billings 2(3) Khalid Latif 4(5) Mohammad Nawaz 2-0-19-0

8.6 - Mohammad Nawaz to S Billings, 1 run, looped up on the stumps, Billings closes the bat face on the drive, towards long-on for a single

8.5 - Mohammad Nawaz to S Billings, no run, dipping in on middle, Billings jumps out and yorks himself

8.4 - Mohammad Nawaz to Khalid Latif, 1 run, slower through the air, wide of off, Latif crunches it square of the wicket

8.3 - Mohammad Nawaz to S Billings, 1 run, advances and flicks it off his boot towards short fine

8.2 - Mohammad Nawaz to Khalid Latif, 1 run, this time gets some bat on the sweep, placed to deep backward square

8.1 - Mohammad Nawaz to Khalid Latif, no run, floated up on middle and leg, Latif misses on the sweep and is struck high on the pads

Mohammad Nawaz [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Sam Billings, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over: 8 0 0 ISU 60/3
Haddin 15(15) Khalid Latif 2(2) Elliott 1-0-4-1

7.6 - Elliott to Haddin, out Stumped!! Good work from Sarfraz behind the stumps. Back-of-the-hand slower delivery outside off, Haddin attempts a wild cross-batted heave and misses. Slips forward, just a little while completing the stroke. Sarfraz was aware of that and he whips the bails in a flash. Haddin st Sarfraz b Elliott 15(15) [6s-1]

Elliott to Haddin, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

TV umpire pressed into the action, for a stumping check. Haddin is the man in question. Did he drag his back foot in? Or, will he get the benefit of the doubt? It looks like there was some part of the toe behind the line. But the third umpire thinks otherwise and presses the RED BUTTON. It is O-U-T.

7.5 - Elliott to Khalid Latif, 1 run, slipping down leg, Latif tickles it to fine leg

7.4 - Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, too full and on the pads, Haddin gets an inside edge on the flick, there was a stifled appeal from Sarfraz but the umpire spotted the edge there

7.3 - Elliott to Khalid Latif, 1 run, slower length delivery at the stumps, worked through mid-wicket

7.2 - Elliott to Haddin, 1 run, offers a hint of width this time, Haddin goes hard on the drive, gets an inside edge towards short fine

7.1 - Elliott to Haddin, no run, length delivery sans any room on offer, Haddin mistimes the flat-bat drive back to Elliott

Grant Elliott, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Over: 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 1 ISU 56/2
Haddin 13(11) Khalid Latif 0(0) Aizaz Cheema 2-0-10-1

6.6 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, fullish outside off and steered away to third man

6.5 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, no run, shortish outside off, Haddin chops but straight to backward point

Khalid Latif, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.4 - Aizaz Cheema to Watson, out Caught by Ahmed Shehzad!! Watto gone too! So the openers are back in the hut now. It was a skiddy length delivery around off, Watson clears his front leg and goes for a big whoosh over mid-wicket. Manages a thick top-edge which swirls high towards cover and Shehzad settles under it. Watson c Ahmed Shehzad b Aizaz Cheema 40(28) [4s-3 6s-3]

Aizaz Cheema to Watson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.3 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, off-pace length delivery outside off, Haddin cuts late to backward point

6.2 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, no run, angled away in the corridor of uncertainty, from a good length, Haddin makes room slightly and tries to guide it down to third man, nipped away slightly and Hadds is beaten again

6.1 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, no run, fullish delivery slanted in around fifth stump, kept low too. Haddin was taken aback by the lack of bounce and ends up playing a nothing shot

Over: 6 4 6 0 W 1 2 0 0 ISU 54/1
Watson 40(27) Haddin 11(6) Mohammad Nawaz 1-0-15-0

5.6 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, 2 runs, makes room and goes inside out this time, couldn't get all of it but good enough to snatch a couple over extra cover

5.5 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, SIX, fifty comes up with a lofted six over the long-on fence

5.4 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, SIX, BOOM! Watson clears his front leg and hammers this flat delivery for a maximum over the cow-corner fence

5.3 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, no run, angled in on leg-stump, Watson backs away and punches it to cover

5.2 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, no run, quicker and just outside off, Watson was looking to cut, beaten for pace

5.1 - Mohammad Nawaz to Haddin, 1 run, starts with a short delivery around off, Haddin rocks back and drags the pull through mid-wicket

Mohammad Nawaz, comes into the attack

Over: 5 1 ISU 39/1
Haddin 10(5) Watson 26(22) Aizaz Cheema 1-0-8-0

4.6 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, back of a length slower delivery curled in on middle, Haddin nurdles it towards mid-wicket and hustles for a sharp single

4.5 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, 2 runs, short and sat up nicely for Haddin who waits back and punches it past cover

4.4 - Aizaz Cheema to Watson, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Watson makes room and opens the bat face to glide it down to third man

4.3 - Aizaz Cheema to Haddin, 1 run, darted fuller and on the stumps, Haddin clips off his pads to mid-wicket

4.2 - Aizaz Cheema to Watson, 1 run, steered away behind point for a quick single

4.1 - Aizaz Cheema to Watson, 2 runs, angled in from wide of the crease, Watson runs it down to third man and some good running between the wickets

Aizaz Cheema, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Over: 4 1 1 0 W 0 Wd W 0 W 6 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 ISU 31/1
Haddin 6(2) Watson 22(19) Babar 2-0-21-1

3.6 - Babar to Haddin, no run, loopy delivery around middle and off, Haddin blocks from the crease

3.5 - Babar to Haddin, SIX, Oh! Yeah! How about that? Welcome to the crease Hadds! Skips out, picks the fuller length and wallops it nonchalantly back over the bowler's head

Brad Haddin, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.4 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, out Caught by Akbar-ur-Rehman!! Can you believe it? Sharjeel Khan has smoked a full toss straight into the lap of Akbar-ur-Rehman at deep mid-wicket. He jumps out and ends up mistiming the slog straight to the fielder. There was no real power behind the shot to be honest. Sharjeel Khan c Akbar-ur-Rehman b Babar 2(3)

Babar to Sharjeel Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.3 - Babar to Watson, 1 run, pushed through, flatter on middle, nudged past mid-wicket

3.2 - Babar to Watson, SIX, arm-ball and Watto has picked the bones out of it, allows the ball to dip and then launched it high and handsome over the long-on fence

3.1 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, drifter on middle, Sharjeel Khan kneels down and sweeps square on the leg-side

Over: 3 W 0 ISU 17/0
Watson 15(17) Sharjeel Khan 1(1) Anwar Ali 2-0-10-0

2.6 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, slower length delivery on the pads, Watson bends low to smack that through the leg-side, misses and is hit on the front pad. Too leg-sidish to be appealed and to be given out

2.5 - Anwar Ali to Watson, FOUR, don't bowl there to Watto - On the pads, as if that wasn't enough, it was a full toss, Watson gently clips with his twirly wrists and picks up a boundary through mid-wicket

2.4 - Anwar Ali to Watson, FOUR, serves up length and width, Watson sits on the back knee and bludgeons it past extra cover, nobody moved!

2.3 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, full around fourth stump, drilled straight towards mid-off

2.2 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, pitched fuller and wider of off, Watson drives with hard hands but picks out cover-point

2.1 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, low full toss on leg-stump, that should have been put away, but Watson flicks it straight to short fine

Over: 2 0 1 0 ISU 9/0
Watson 7(11) Sharjeel Khan 1(1) Babar 1-0-7-0

1.6 - Babar to Watson, 1 run, gets down on one knee and sweeps it to deep square to keep strike

1.5 - Babar to Watson, FOUR, flighted delivery under his eyes and Watson's eyes lit up, a little shimmy and a thump back over the bowler's head, one-bounce four

1.4 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, drifting in on middle and leg, Sharjeel gets an inside edge on the tuck, rolled away to square leg

1.3 - Babar to Watson, 1 run, full on the stumps, Watson flicks to deep mid-wicket

1.2 - Babar to Watson, no run, the arm-ball from Babar, just outside off, Watson looks to send it down to third man, nearly chops it onto his stumps

1.1 - Babar to Watson, no run, tossed up on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

Zulfiqar Babar, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Over: 1 0 0 ISU 2/0
Watson 1(6) Sharjeel Khan 0(0) Anwar Ali 1-0-2-0

0.6 - Anwar Ali to Watson, 1 run, full and on the pads, wristed through mid-wicket

0.6 - Anwar Ali to Watson, wide, full toss dipping down leg, Watson fails to tickle that fine

0.5 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, good length on and around off, Watson tries to steer it down to third man, the width ain't there, he ends up chopping it to his right

0.4 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, fullish around off, blocked back to the bowler

0.3 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, 136ks back of a length outside off, Watson cuts on the back foot, but Wright denies him a boundary by making a sliding stop from backward point

0.2 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, good length on off, Watson respects it with a straight bat

0.1 - Anwar Ali to Watson, no run, fuller and drifting down leg, Watson fails to lay bat on the leg-glance, the ball brushes the thigh pad and rolls to the keeper

Watson and Sharjeel Khan are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Anwar Ali will open the attack

That's it from today. One breathtaking game that was compensated by Gladiators' boring but much appreciated dominance. Join us for another double-header tomorrow. Goodnight. Ta-ta.

Sarfraz: All credit to the boys. Small ground and we weren't expecting to put up such a performance. Elliott is a good addition. Thanks to Allah for my form. When we came into the tournament, we were the underdogs and I still believe that our team lacks the big names. Thanks to Viv and the other guys. Lots of support for Quetta. Keep supporting us.

Watson: It was meant to be that way. Didn't play a good shot. Disappointed. Want to be consistent after winning two in a row. Plan was to bat better. 160 was about par. We play again tomorrow and hopefuly we will play better.

Elliott: Not too far away, New Zealand. Very enjoyable arriving here and we have a passionate bunch of guys. I didn't see much of the first game but it was definitely stopping a bit. Batsmen did a great job led by the captain. I watched Fire in Babylon and Viv is an inspirational guy. I didn't get much to watch on TV while growing up.

Grant Elliott is the Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 4-0-25-3

Humbled in their last game, Quetta Gladiators come back roaring into the PSL. Blew away Islamabad United to make a mockery of momentum and strolled home. The target was most definitely humble, and despite Russell's two-wickets-in-two-balls that included a first-ball duck for Pietersen, Gladiators sailed through with ease. Ahmed Shehzad proved a point after the World Cup snub and Sarfraz Ahmed took over to tailor them home.

16.1 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, 2 runs, Quetta Gladiators win by 7 wickets. This is a roaring win. Strolled there without missing a breath and cement their place at the top. Came down the track and inside-edged the flick to deep square for a brace to notch up the win

Imran Khalid [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

Yawn, 2 runs off 24 balls. Has this made up for the last match?

Over: 16 2 1 1 Nb 1 0 1 QTG 116/3
Mohammad Nawaz 12(20) Sarfraz 51(39) Rumman Raees 3-0-19-0

15.6 - Rumman Raees to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, off-pace delivery sees Nawaz stand up and steer the ball to backward point

15.5 - Rumman Raees to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, gets forward and pushes the ball in front of mid-on

15.4 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, chance of a run out and a direct hit at the bowler's end would have seen Sarfraz back. Made room and crashed the ball to cover, and then hurried through to see the attempted throw miss the stumps to his relief

15.4 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, no ball, fullish delivery that's clipped to mid-wicket. Oversteps in the process and it's been spotted. Free-hit

15.3 - Rumman Raees to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, Haddin lets out a singing appeal but this was open-batted to point

15.2 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, lots of cheers to celebrate Sarfraz's fifty. Length ball dragged on leg-stump, Sarfraz turns and tucks it to fine leg

15.1 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 2 runs, short ball that's pulled to deep mid-wicket for a brace

Rumman Raees [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Dean Jones is sporting a look that's hard to describe. Sad, obviously.

Over: 15 1 0 1 1 1 1 QTG 109/3
Sarfraz 47(35) Mohammad Nawaz 10(17) Ajmal 4-0-24-0

14.6 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, this flighted delivery dips and yorks a shimmying Sarfraz, adjusts and jams the ball out to long-on

14.5 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, slung in on middle and Nawaz turns it round the corner for a single

Last throw of the dice..a slip in for Mohammad Nawaz

14.4 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, dishes this a touch wide and Sarfraz gets the room to punch this through cover

14.3 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, phew. Gets behind this one and pushes it to backward point to hide at the bowler's end

14.2 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, Mohammad Nawaz can't lay a bat. Ajmal is in his mind. Beaten as the ball turns past the outside edge again

14.1 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, dragged down on leg-stump, Sarfraz gets further inside the line and glances it to short fine

Over: 14 4 4 2 1 0 0 QTG 104/3
Mohammad Nawaz 8(14) Sarfraz 44(32) Imran Khalid 3-0-24-0

13.6 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, ball seems to have stopped as Nawaz checked his flick short and it drops well in short of a hungry mid-on

13.5 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, looped up, Nawaz walks down the pitch and flicks it straight to mid-on

13.4 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, 1 run, shuffles across and crashes the ball through cover for a single

13.3 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, 2 runs, another dragged down delivery, Sarfraz shuffles to get behind it and punches it to long-on, this time for a brace

13.2 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, FOUR, here's the 100th run. Rocks back and then punches this ball through cow-corner

13.1 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, FOUR, darted in full, Sarfraz flicks it through mid-wicket and starts the over on a high

Strategic time-out!

Over: 13 0 1 1 1 4 1 QTG 93/3
Sarfraz 33(28) Mohammad Nawaz 8(12) Ajmal 3-0-19-0

12.6 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, gets forward and behind this ball and punches it to long-on

12.5 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, FOUR, looped up outside off, Sarfraz stretches as far forward as he could and brooms it away through square leg

12.4 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, tossed up fuller and Nawaz lets out half-a-stride and bunts it to point

12.3 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, allows the ball to turn it and guides it late to third man

12.2 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, round-arm delivery slung in, Nawaz lofts it unconvincingly to long-off

12.1 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, again past the outside edge. Hint of turn and Nawaz pokes at it with feet cemented in the crease

Over: 12 1 0 2 0 1 Wd 1 QTG 85/3
Mohammad Nawaz 6(9) Sarfraz 27(25) Imran Khalid 2-0-13-0

11.6 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, shuffles across and bunts this quicker delivery to backward point

11.6 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, wide, that turned. Pitched on leg and turned down leg to beat Nawaz's glance. Keeper took the bails off but couldn't help the bowler escape

11.5 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, 1 run, quicker on leg-stump, Sarfraz drags his front leg back and then clips the ball to square leg

11.4 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, no run, short ball and Sarfraz thrashes it to backward point who stops it with a leftward dive

11.3 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, 2 runs, well run to pinch in a couple there. Got low to sweep the ball to fine leg and then pushed his partner for the second

11.2 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, no run, darted on middle, Sarfraz bunts it back defensively

11.1 - Imran Khalid to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, dragged across Nawaz who slides deep and open-bats the punch to backward point

Imran Khalid [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

Over: 11 0 0 0 2 0 1 QTG 79/3
Mohammad Nawaz 4(7) Sarfraz 24(21) Ajmal 2-0-11-0

10.6 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, gets his line straighter to target the pad, Nawaz stoops and then paddles the ball to fine leg. Uppish but there was no one in the way

10.5 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, beaten yet again. Turns away quickly outside off, Nawaz flashes the cut but is beaten

Two slips

10.4 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, 2 runs, gets low to meet this ball that drifted in and straightened off the pitch, swept to fine leg

10.3 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, quicker delivery outside off, bounces and beats the attempted steer

10.2 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, straight ball arrowed in, Nawaz jabs his bat in defence

10.1 - Ajmal to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, gentle turn outside off, Nawaz looked to flirt and is beaten

A slip...

Saeed Ajmal [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

Russell hobbles out of the ground. Perhaps one of the many strappings gave way

Over: 10 1 6 0 W Wd 1L 1 QTG 76/3
Mohammad Nawaz 1(1) Sarfraz 24(21) A Russell 3-0-18-3

9.6 - A Russell to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, hunches and tucks it off his pads to mid-wicket, retains the strike with that run

9.5 - A Russell to Sarfraz, leg byes, 1 run, length ball veering down, Sarfraz turns around and misses the tuck, off the pads to backward square leg

9.5 - A Russell to Sarfraz, wide, too high a bouncer and it's called a wide

Mohammad Nawaz, left handed bat, comes to the crease

9.4 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, out Caught by Sharjeel Khan!! And he perishes to the same shot that earned him a boundary this over. Quick short ball, Shehzad looked late on the pull and mistimed it square on the leg-side where Sharjeel ran in from deep backward square leg and caught it. Was also way outside off to be fetching that with a pull. Ahmed Shehzad c Sharjeel Khan b A Russell 41(31) [4s-5 6s-1]

A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.3 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fires in all his frustration in this short ball, zooms and goes flying over Shehzad's attempted upper-cut

9.2 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, no crorepati in the stands either. Dropped there. Short ball, Shehzad swiveled and picked it up with a nonchalant pull through mid-wicket

9.1 - A Russell to Sarfraz, 1 run, looked to drive this length ball but dragged it off the inside edge to mid-on. Time there for a single to be stolen

Andre Russell [2.0-0-9-2] is back into the attack

Over: 9 1 1 0 0 Wd 1 1 QTG 66/2
Sarfraz 23(19) Ahmed Shehzad 35(28) Rumman Raees 2-0-12-0

8.6 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, shimmies down and then readjusts to dab the ball with an open blade to third man

8.5 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, drives this full ball to mid-off and sneaks in a single

8.5 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, wide, fifty partnership is celebrated by a honking truck. Short ball banged in too short, hits a trampoline and loops over the batsman's head

8.4 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, you could see Rumman Raees bend his back to empower this ball. So did Shehzad and he ducked to let this short ball sail over

8.3 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, uses his feet and pushes the ball down the ground

8.2 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, short of length again, Sarfraz pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Haddin anticipating the throw pushes Ahmed Shehzad away as he was ball-watching to collect the ball

8.1 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, back of a length delivery angled across, Shehzad stands tall and tucks it to fine leg

Rumman Raees [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

Over: 8 1 0 0 4 1 1 QTG 61/2
Ahmed Shehzad 33(24) Sarfraz 21(17) Imran Khalid 1-0-7-0

7.6 - Imran Khalid to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, an iota of turn as Imran Khalid flights this one, Shehzad gets the room and crashes a single to cover-point

7.5 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, 1 run, slower delivery, Sarfraz lets the ball come and then clips it in front of mid-wicket

7.4 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, FOUR, short, wide and ear-pulled with a thrashy cut shot that beat backward point

7.3 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, no run, pats the ball in front of mid-on but there's no single

7.2 - Imran Khalid to Sarfraz, no run, confusion. Dabs this ball to backward point and runs through. Then hears Ahmed Shehzad let out a shrilling "No" and then turns around to make a diving entry back. Direct hit and could have been gone

7.1 - Imran Khalid to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Shehzad gets forward and punches it to long-off

Imran Khalid, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Over: 7 4 1 0 1 1 1 QTG 54/2
Ahmed Shehzad 31(22) Sarfraz 16(13) Ajmal 1-0-8-0

6.6 - Ajmal to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, skips down ensuring that his front leg is out of the way and then clips this flatter delivery to deep mid wicket

6.5 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, eats up all the pace on this to hang the ball in the air, turns in too and Sarfraz belatedly clips it to deep square leg

6.4 - Ajmal to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, uses his feet and clips this ball to long-on

6.3 - Ajmal to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, no turn yet. Flighted on off and it sees Shehzad get forward to defend

6.2 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, 1 run, speared into the pads and Sarfraz clips it to deep square leg for a single

6.1 - Ajmal to Sarfraz, FOUR, that's one way to start the Ajmal-nullification. Tossed up on off, Sarfraz kneels and sweeps it away through backward square leg

Saeed Ajmal, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

He's here! Ajmal is here.

Over: 6 4 1 0 2 4 2 QTG 46/2
Ahmed Shehzad 29(19) Sarfraz 10(10) Irfan 2-0-23-0

5.6 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, shortish outside off this time, Shehzad goes for the cut to squarish third man. A brace is effected

5.5 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, the ball might be hurled from a point 10 feet high, but Shehzad can middle it. Swivels, gets on top of the bounce and rolls his wrists on the pull. Ends up with his body slanted towards off, much like Kohli

5.4 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, length ball, Shehzad spindles to pull it to deep mid-wicket for a brace

Umpire's guarding the pitch like a child. Goes to the danger area and uses his boot to even it out

5.3 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, transfers his weight forward and skippily defends it with a straight bat

5.2 - Irfan to Sarfraz, 1 run, slides deep, lets this back of a length delivery come to him and then open-bats it to third man

Round the wicket

5.1 - Irfan to Sarfraz, FOUR, short ball mediocred with lots of width, Sarfraz gets the room to protract his arms and places the upper-cut over backward point

Mohammad Irfan [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

Over: 5 1 0 4 1 0 1 QTG 33/2
Sarfraz 5(8) Ahmed Shehzad 21(15) Rumman Raees 1-0-7-0

4.6 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, off-pace, Sarfraz delicately crashes it to cover with a 45-degree bat and pinches a single

Bowler getting warned to stay off the pitch

4.5 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, no run, gets forward and drive-pushes this ball to cover

4.4 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, another direct hit from cover-point. Bails, flashing bails, are on the ground at the bowler's end. Sent upstairs. The bat isn't grounded and are both the feet in air? Third umpire makes his decision in a jiffy. Clearly more replays wouldn't have hurt. Was just dropped in front of backward point and Shehzad had rifled the throw there

4.3 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, that was middled and just evaded a leaping mid-wicket. Fuller ball, he just bent forward and flicked the ball uppishly

4.2 - Rumman Raees to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, gets forward and punches the ball towards extra cover

4.1 - Rumman Raees to Sarfraz, 1 run, length ball slid across, Sarfraz flashes it with a horizontal bat but isn't right upto the ball. Chopped towards point

One slip..

Rumman Raees, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Over: 4 0 0 1 4 1 1 QTG 26/2
Sarfraz 3(5) Ahmed Shehzad 16(12) Watson 1-0-7-0

3.6 - Watson to Sarfraz, 1 run, dabs this length ball with an open bat and steals a single to cover-point

3.5 - Watson to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, push-driven to cover for a single

3.4 - Watson to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Irfan ran behind it like a senile man. And then takes an eternity to stoop and stop. This flicked ball runs through deep backward square leg, beating the tall man's efforts

3.3 - Watson to Sarfraz, 1 run, bunts it wide of gully with an open blade and gets to the other end

3.2 - Watson to Sarfraz, no run, had walked down the pitch shuffling across, Watson fires one on the leg-stump and he misses the glance

3.1 - Watson to Sarfraz, no run, good length ball on off, Sarfraz gets his head low and defends it with a straight bat

Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Over: 3 1 W W 1 4 0 QTG 19/2
Ahmed Shehzad 11(10) Sarfraz 1(1) A Russell 2-0-9-2

2.6 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fuller length delivery, Shehzad lunges forward and punches it to mid-off

2.5 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, now that's creamed away. Outside the reach of mid-wicket as Shehzad placed this swiveling pull to the fences

2.4 - A Russell to Sarfraz, 1 run, some width outside off and Sarfraz steers it to third man

Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.3 - A Russell to Pietersen, out Bowled!! Dodo duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Russell has KP off the first ball. Full ball veering into the leg-stump, Pietersen shuffles too far across to flick, misses and sees the leg-stump tip back all unkindly. Russell is on a hat-trick. Pietersen b A Russell 0(1)

A Russell to Pietersen, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Kevin Pietersen, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.2 - A Russell to L Wright, out Caught by S Billings!! Short ball sitting up outside off, you cut it uppishly and deliberately only to see it being lapped by cover-point. Gone. Let the KP show begin. L Wright c S Billings b A Russell 5(6) [4s-1]

A Russell to L Wright, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

2.1 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, the zing bails were thrashed out with a direct hit from cover-point. Wright was past the stumps for the umpire referral to turn humorous. Had stabbed this ball and ran across. All safe

Over: 2 Wd 0 4 0 0 1 4 QTG 13/0
L Wright 5(5) Ahmed Shehzad 6(7) Irfan 1-0-10-0

1.6 - Irfan to L Wright, FOUR, that's a walking shot. Came jogging down with his bat held high and smothered this pull through deep mid-wicket. Talk about courage and stuff

Irfan looks like a very long flame in that red-and-yellow kit

1.5 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, clips this fuller length delivery to mid-wicket and hares to the other end

1.4 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, aye! Sat back deep in his crease and attempted to play this with an open bat face, not behind the line and the ball grazes past the bat face on its way to the keeper

1.3 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, skips out as he defends this back of a length delivery with a straight high-elbowed bat

1.2 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, short ball again and Shehzad hammers it. Meets it with a checked hook shot, rolled his wrists and gets it along the ground to the deep square leg fence

1.1 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, opens the face of the bat and dabs the length ball to point

1.1 - Irfan to Ahmed Shehzad, wide, puts too much fuel in this but drives down the wrong lane. Effort ball hurled wide outside off, called so by the umpire

Mohammad Irfan, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Over: 1 0 0 Wd 0 1 0 1 QTG 3/0
Ahmed Shehzad 1(2) L Wright 1(4) A Russell 1-0-3-0

0.6 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, stabbed with flat feet to mid-off for a quick single

0.5 - A Russell to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, there was a noise but the appeal looked like an underprepared piece of choreography. So many people, out of sync, and a few joining in late. Umpire was right. Took the thigh pad as Shehzad missed his tuck to invite the appeal

0.4 - A Russell to L Wright, 1 run, short of length delivery, Wright stands up and crampily slaps the ball to square third man. A run off the bat

0.3 - A Russell to L Wright, no run, one brings two. Bouncers. Sees Wright duck and sway out of the way to avoid that

0.3 - A Russell to L Wright, wide, this shiny pitch can take turn and then arm a short ball with some venom. This time sees Wright duck under one

0.2 - A Russell to L Wright, no run, shortish but too close to cut. Is cramped, still goes for the cut and is beaten

0.1 - A Russell to L Wright, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Wright is pushed back as he awkwardly jabs the defence back to Russell

L Wright and Ahmed Shehzad are at the crease. L Wright is on strike. A Russell will open the attack