Quetta Gladiators steal two-wicket win in thriller
DUBAI (92 News) – Quetta Gladiators beat Multan Sultans by two wickets at Dubai on Wednesday night in Pakistan Super League (PSL).
It was never was going to be easy to bat for the Quetta Gladiators on a pitch that wasn’t assisting the batsmen. Umar Gul made it tougher with a spectacular spell of 6 for 24 in four overs.
Yet, somehow, they managed to stun Multan Sultans to eke out a two-wicket in at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium after Hasan Khan smashed Kieron Pollard for a six off the penultimate delivery with three required off the last two balls in an absolute thriller.
The Sultans were 95 for 4 after 15 overs. But at the end of their quota of 20, they finished with 152 on the board, on the back of a cool and composed unbeaten half-century from skipper Shoaib Malik, who had a perfect day out, having also picked up a wicket off his second ball.
And that the big wicket of Kevin Pietersen, who was trapped leg before for 5, despite Malik having overstepped, but it going unnoticed by the umpires. Malik’s knock gave them the impetus they needed towards the end with 57 being scored in the last five overs, yet it wasn’t enough on the night.
Quetta would’ve been ecstatic given the start that they got after Sultans’ openers were dismissed within two overs, validating their decision to bowl first on a pitch that was tough for batting on Wednesday (March 7). Sohaib Maqsood played out a sedate 27, as opposed to his blitzkreig in the previous game, with the middle order chipping in.
Today, Islamabad United will take on Lahore Qalandars, while Karachi Kings will play against Quetta Gladiators at Dubai.