Islamabad look to bounce back as Quetta ride on in-form batting

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DUBAI: Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will face off in today’s first fixture at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, before Lahore Qalandars take on Peshawar Zalmi later tonight.

Islamabad United, the winners of 2016 and 2018 editions of Pakistan Super League, started off on a winning note by defeating Lahore Qalandars in the opening game, but faced a setback against Multan Sultans on Saturday where their batting failed to fire.

Quetta Gladiators enjoyed a convincing win in their opening match against traditional rivals Peshawar Zalmi in the ‘PSL Clasico’ on Friday, fueled by Umar Akmal’s 75 not out from 50 balls and disciplined bowling by Mohammad Nawaz and rising star Ghulam Mudassar.

Islamabad United were boosted by the return to form of bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who won the Player of the Match award against Qalandars for his two wickets for 24 runs and 23 not out off 11 balls. He went on to score 20 from 14 in the second game, but the 125-7 target was not enough to carry the ‘Sherus’ across the line.

Squads

Islamabad United

Mohammad Sami (c), Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Ian Bell, Ruman Raees, Samit Patel, Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Waqas Masood, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Cameron Delport, Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Musa, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain

Quetta Gladiators

Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali, Ghulam Madassir, Mohammad Hasnain, Harry Gurney (S), Ahmed Shahzad, Azam Khan, Jalat Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr

2019-02-17

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