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All-round Watson, Sarfraz lift Quetta Gladiators to top of table

Sarfraz Ahmed led from the front for Quetta Gladiators
Sarfraz Ahmed led from the front for Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators 158-4 (Sarfraz 45no) beat
Peshawar Zalmi 157-5 (Smith 49) by six wickets
23rd game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Shane Watson scored 37 runs and picked two wickets while Sarfraz Ahmed remained unbeaten on 45 as Quetta Gladiators went on to complete a chase of 158 runs in the 20 over with six wickets in hand in the 23rd game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

The win has taken Quetta to the top position in the table while Peshawar continue to languish at the fifth position.

Quetta won the toss and decided to bowl first. The decision proved right with Mohammad Nawaz (1-38) castling Kamran Akmal (0) in the third delivery of the innings.

Dwayne Smith (49) provided the much-needed impetus to Karachi innings with back to back sixes as they ended the powerplay with a score of 37 for one.

The West Indian began to take confidence with two more sixes as he dominated the 50-run partnership for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (31).

Watson (2-26) dented Peshawar's momentum with the wicket of Smith in the ninth over and just as Hafeez started to gain confidence with two sixes and a boundary, he mistimed a pull shot to mid-wicket off Ben Laughlin (1-33).

With Khushdil Shah (4) and Liam Dawson (2) also departing, Rikki Wessels (31 not out) and Darren Sammy (36 not out) provided the late flourish with their unbeaten 56 run stand off just 33 deliveries to lift the score to 157 for five in the 20 overs.

Watson (37) started the chase confidently hitting three boundaries and a six in the first four overs but Quetta lost Asad Shafiq (9) at the other end. They ended the powerplay with a score of 41 for one.

Watson was supported by Kevin Pietersen (21) but Peshawar made a strong comeback removing both the batsmen along with Rameez Raja (9). Just as they sensed an opening, Sarfraz (45 not out) along with Rilee Rossouw (30 not out) saw them through the chase with six wickets and four deliveries to spare.

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