Quetta Gladiators rout Is­lam­abad to top PSL stand­ings

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If the Pak­istan se­lec­tors thought that they took the right de­ci­sion of drop­ping Ahmed She­hzad from the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup squads as he was low on con­fi­dence af­ter a poor run of form, they will need to think again.

The 24-year-old came out with guns blaz­ing on Thurs­day night to scorch his way to 41 from 31 balls and help Quetta Gladiators main­tain a clean sheet in the Pak­istan Su­per League with an easy seven wicket win over Is­lam­abad United at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium.

A tar­get of 118 was not some­thing to sweat about for Quetta es­pe­cially un­der cool con­di­tions. But An­dre Rus­sell struck two vi­tal blows off suc­ces­sive balls to get rid of Luke Wright and Kevin Pi­etersen. Sud­denly Quetta were 14 for 2 and vic­tory looked a tall or­der. But She­hzad put their nerves to rest with some classy strokes, ca­ress­ing the bound­ary on four oc­ca­sions and clear­ing it once.

When he de­parted Quetta needed an­other 44 runs but cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed played sen­si­bly for his un­beaten half cen­tury to en­sure his team won the match with 23 balls to spare and topple Pe­shawar Zalmi from the stand­ings.

Is­lam­abad are on four points and can still keep their chin up but with three matches to go they will need to come to the party. The teams who need to worry are Karachi Kings and La­hore Qa­lan­dars with two points apiece. Ear­lier, Sar­fraz won the toss for Quetta and elected to field. The move paid div­i­dends as his bowlers came up trumps with wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Ex­cept for Shane Wat­son who stood firm with a 40 the rest crum­bled against some good bowl­ing from Grant El­liott (3/25), Zul­fiqar Babar ( 2/ 29) and Aizaz Cheema (2/14). Brief scores: Is­lam­abad United 117 all out in 19.1 overs (Shane Wat­son 40; Grant El­liott 3/25, Zul­fiqar Babar 2/29, Aizaz Cheema 2/14) Quetta Gladiators (Sar­fraz Khan 51 not out, Ahmed She­hzad 41; An­dre Rus­sell 3/18).

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