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Pakistan Super League 2016
1st Match, Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (04 Feb 2016)
Islamabad United

128/7 (20) RR:6.4

Quetta Gladiators won by 8 wkts

MOM: Mohammad Nawaz
Quetta Gladiators

132/2 (16) RR:8.25

20.0 - Umar Gul to A Russell, FOUR, aiming for the yorker, he bowls a low full toss on off, Russell mows it to the left of long-on and it crashes into the fence in a jiffy. Such small margins of error in this form of the game

18.4 - Anwar Ali to Misbah, FOUR, Misbah goes right across his stumps and hoicks this length delivery through mid-wicket, the fielder in the deep runs to his left but the ball beats him to the fence

18.2 - Anwar Ali to Misbah, FOUR, slower ball that's slightly short wide outside off, Misbah waits for the ball to arrive, steers it late and gets it in the gap between short third man and backward point, runs away to the fence. Pure class from Misbah. 50-run stand also comes up

18.1 - Anwar Ali to Misbah, FOUR, length delivery on the stumps, Misbah swings across the line a little too early, gets a fat top-edge that balloons over short third man and dribbles away to the fence. Lucky runs but Misbah won't mind it one bit

17.5 - Umar Gul to A Russell, FOUR, he is smashing 'em all! Pitched up outside off, Russell clears his front leg and drives it hard through extra cover, absolutely murdered it as the sweeper hardly had a few yards to cover to his right, but he just couldn't get there

17.3 - Umar Gul to A Russell, FOUR, that's Russell's power for you! He has smashed that to the fence. Pitched up outside off, Russell drills it to the left of the diving extra cover and the ball rocketed away to the fence like a bullet. Pietersen at extra cover stands up and admires the shot

17.2 - Umar Gul to A Russell, FOUR, slower ball on a length just outside off, Russell picks the length early, waits for the ball to arrive and swats it over mid-wicket, crashes into the fence in a jiffy

12.0 - Babar to Babar Azam, FOUR, floated up just outside off, Azam lifts it inside-out through the cover region, the fielder at long-off runs to his left, puts in the dive, gets a hand on it but can't prevent the ball from trickling away to the fence

11.2 - Babar to Misbah, FOUR, comes down the track and lofts this flighted delivery through the line, sends it to the right of long-off, who runs across to his right but he had no chance of stopping it, bounces once before hitting the fence

2.2 - Anwar Ali to Watson, FOUR, shorter in length, Watson is very good at playing the pull shot. He brings out the pull stroke to this delivery and the ball runs away to the mid-wicket fence in a jiffy. The first boundary of the PSL

17.4 - Umar Gul to A Russell, SIX, even better! Just dismissed it from his presence. Gul is taking a pasting now. Short on the stumps, Russell rocks back and muscles the pull over the deep mid-wicket fence, sails way beyond the rope

17.0 - Babar to Misbah, SIX, glorious hit! Misbah joins the party. He jumps out of the crease to get to the pitch of the ball and then he lofts it handsomely over the long-on fence for a maximum

15.3 - Nabi to A Russell, SIX, that's outta here! Floated up around off, Russell kneels down, gets right under it and hammers the slog sweep over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum

4.4 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, SIX, Sharjeel waltzes down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and lifts it over deep mid-wicket. It sails into the stands easily

18.5 - Anwar Ali to Misbah, out Caught by Umar Gul!! Misbah departs, but only after bailing his team out of trouble. At least to an extent. Something that he has done time and again for Pakistan. Slower short ball on the stumps, Misbah goes for the pull, doesn't connect too well and Gul at short fine leg bends down and takes a good low catch. Misbah c Umar Gul b Anwar Ali 41(28) [4s-4 6s-1]

14.2 - Mohammad Nawaz to Imran Khalid, out Caught by Nabi!! This time Khalid has to go. Nawaz is one fire today, picks his fourth of the night. Khalid kneels down to play the big sweep off this flighted delivery, ends up hitting it in the air but doesn't get the desired distance. Nabi bends low and takes a simple catch at deep backward square leg. Out comes Andre Russell. Imran Khalid c Nabi b Mohammad Nawaz 4(6)

12.5 - Mohammad Nawaz to Babar Azam, out Caught by Nabi!! Another one bites the dust. Half the side is back in the hut now and Islamabad United slip further. Comes down the track and goes for the big heave, swings across the line a little too early though and ends up getting a leading edge that balloons in the air, short third man moves across to his right and takes the simplest of catches. Babar Azam c Nabi b Mohammad Nawaz 15(18) [4s-1]

9.1 - Mohammad Nawaz to S Billings, out Bowled!! What on earth was Billings doing there? The procession continues for Islamabad. He attempted to bring in the reverse sweep by premeditating to a flatter delivery. He missed it completely. The ball went on to crash into his middle and leg-stump. S Billings b Mohammad Nawaz 2(4)

8.0 - Mohammad Nawaz to Watson, out Bowled!! Watson looked out of sorts against the spinners and he has paid the price by losing his wicket. Watson looked to pull a delivery that was shorter in length. However, he failed to connect and could only hear the death rattle. His leg-stump took a beating. He was too early into his shot. Watson b Mohammad Nawaz 15(27) [4s-1]

6.2 - Umar Gul to U Amin, out Caught by L Wright!! Wright has taken a sharp catch at backward point. The Quetta Gladiators camp is excited. It was short and asking to be hit. Amin stays on the back foot and cracks the cut to Wright at backward point, who moved forward and took a catch just an inch or two above the turf. U Amin c L Wright b Umar Gul 0(4)

5.0 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, out Caught by Nabi!! Babar has made the first incision for the Gladiators. Again slightly shorter in length, Sharjeel kneels on one knee and sweeps it straight to Nabi at backward square leg, who takes a relatively easy catch with both hands this time around. Sharjeel Khan c Nabi b Babar 10(11) [6s-1]

13.2 - Nabi to Imran Khalid, 2 runs, dropped! Another let down on the field. Khalid comes down the track and miscues his inside out loft, sweeper cover runs forward, gets both hands to it but it pops out, he tries to catch it on the second attempt but can't do so that time around as well

1.2 - Babar to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, drop catch! Sharjeel brings out the sweep shot to a tossed up delivery. It goes towards Nabi, who was fielding at backward square leg. He puts in the dive to his left, but can't hold onto it, despite getting both hands to it

19.1 - Umar Gul to Badree, 1 run, direct-hit and Badree was a goner! Badree mistimes his punch to the left of mid-wicket and sets off, he had given up as the fielder quickly gets to it and underarms the throw at the non-striker's end. The ball seemed to have brushed the stumps but nothing moved. Badree is lucky to be still out there

13.0 - Mohammad Nawaz to Misbah, 1 run, run-out chance missed! Misbah bunts this to the left of the bowler, Khalid was halfway down the track in search of a single, the bowler quickly gets across, picks the ball and fires a throw at the non-striker's end. He misses and then the batsmen take an extra run on the overthrow. A direct-hit and Khalid would have been a goner

16.0 - A Russell to L Wright, FOUR, Quetta Gladiators win by 8 wickets! A breezy victory for Sarfraz Ahmed's men. Drifting onto the pads this time, Wright tucks it away through backward square leg and it races away to the fence

13.5 - Watson to L Wright, FOUR, full toss and Wright won't miss out on a freebie, he heaves it over mid-wicket and it races away to the fence in a jiffy

12.2 - Badree to L Wright, FOUR, slightly short outside off, Wright latches onto it in a flash, he pulls it hard and gets it to the left of long-on, who had no chance of stopping that

10.0 - Irfan to Mohammad Nawaz, FOUR, again in the slot and asking to be clobbered. Nawaz does just that by butchering it to the mid-wicket boundary

9.4 - Irfan to L Wright, FOUR, Wright has got the measure of Irfan. From round the wicket, Irfan bowls a half volley, Wright plants his front foot and slaps it to the deep extra cover boundary. It was a powerful blow from Wright

8.1 - Imran Khalid to L Wright, FOUR, dragged down delivery. On this slow wicket, Wright pulls it to the mid-wicket fence. It crashes into the boundary boards

3.5 - A Russell to L Wright, FOUR, now a full toss from Russell, Wright flicks it with ease to the mid-wicket fence. The stand is already worth 53 runs in just 3.5 overs. They are romping home to victory

3.4 - A Russell to L Wright, FOUR, this is mediocre stuff from Islamabad. Short and wide ball from Russell, Wright flays the cut square on the off-side. It runs away to the boundary boards

3.2 - A Russell to L Wright, FOUR, short and wide delivery and asking to be hammered. Wright cracks the cut and the fielder at cover-point misfields. In fact, it went right through his legs and that results in a boundary

3.1 - A Russell to L Wright, FOUR, the short ball tactic is not working. Russell attempts the short delivery, but it sits up nicely for Wright to use the pull shot. It came right off the screws and it races away to the mid-wicket boundary

2.0 - Badree to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, pushed through and on off-stump, Shehzad waltzes down the track and drives it all along the carpet square on the off-side for a boundary

1.5 - Badree to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, flatter delivery from Badree, Shehzad tries to sweep and gets an inside edge on it. Irfan, the tall man at short fine leg, misfields and that results in a boundary. Good start for Quetta

1.3 - Badree to L Wright, FOUR, dragged down delivery, Wright cuts it from the off-stump past the diving backward point fielder. No need to run for those

1.0 - Irfan to L Wright, FOUR, short and wide delivery and asking to be thwacked. Wright stays on the back foot and cuts it hard past the backward point fielder. It crashes into the ad-cushions in a hurry

15.3 - A Russell to L Wright, SIX, what a strike! 50-run stand also comes up! Picks the slower short ball early, stays deep in the crease and hammers the ball over the deep mid-wicket fence, scores are level now

10.1 - Imran Khalid to L Wright, SIX, full toss outside off, Wright kneels down and nails the slog sweep over the wide long-on fence, there was a fielder in the deep but he can only see it sail over his head

2.2 - Irfan to L Wright, SIX, it is raining fours and sixes from Wright's bat. Fuller delivery and on the stumps, Wright buries it by playing across the line and he deposits it over the deep mid-wicket fence

2.1 - Irfan to L Wright, SIX, crackerjack shot from Wright. Short delivery and Irfan gets good shoulder on it too. He also bowled it outside off, Wright middles the hook and he clears the backward square leg fence with ease

8.4 - Imran Khalid to Pietersen, out Lbw!! For the umpteenth time in his career, Pietersen loses his wicket to a slow left-arm orthodox. He prodded forward and played for the turn. In fact, it turned out to be an arm-ball. He could not keep it out. On expected lines, Khalid belted out an appeal for LBW. The umpire raised his finger quickly. Replays showed that it was hitting the top of middle-stump. Pietersen lbw b Imran Khalid 8(12)

4.3 - Imran Khalid to Ahmed Shehzad, out Caught&Bowled!! Eventually, Islamabad have something to cheer about. Shehzad tries to turn this delivery that is bowled slower through the air and ekes out a leading edge. Simple caught and bowled chance for Imran to take and he snaffles it with both hands. Ahmed Shehzad c and b Imran Khalid 11(9) [4s-2]

8.3 - Imran Khalid to L Wright, 1 run, shorter in length, Wright reaches his fifty with a cut to sweeper cover. He has played with flair today