Bowlers, Watson help Quetta Gladiators trounce Lahore Qalandars
Quetta Gladiators 120-1 (Watson 66) beat
Lahore Qalandars 119-9 (Archer 3-23) by nine wickets
5th game, Pakistan Super League, Dubai
Mohammad Nawaz bowled the spell of the tournament with figures of four for two while Jofra Archer impressed with a three-wicket haul as Quetta Gladiators chased down 120 against Lahore Qalandars comfortably by nine wickets in the fifth game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and decided to bowl first. Brendon McCullum (30) dominated the proceedings in the first two overs with a couple of maximums and a six while Sunil Narine (30) went berserk in the third over when he plundered three fours and two sixes off Shane Watson (1-35).
Rahat Ali (1-26) provided some respite to Quetta when he had Narine caught but McCullum continued to play positively with a six and a four in the fifth over.
Quetta though pulled back things with Archer (3-23) and Nawaz (2-4) claiming back to back wickets of Fakhar Zaman (1) and McCullum LBW to keep Lahore down to 61 for three in the powerplay phase.
Cameron Delport (15) signalled his intention with back to back sixes before becoming Nawaz's second victim and despite a strong foundation, Lahore went on to lose their way considerably from being 60 for one to 119 for nine in the 20 overs.
Nawaz and Archer were the pick of the Quetta bowlers with five wickets between them.
In the chase, Watson (66) hit three boundaries and a six in the powerplay to take the score to 41 for naught. The former Australian all-rounder stepped up the gears further hitting Narine (1-40) for two more maximums and boundaries to complete a 27-ball fifty.
Watson was handed a reprieve by Delport in the ninth over and with Asad Shafiq (38 not out) holding one end, Quetta reached 85 for naught at halfway mark.
Even though Narine got his revenge by castling Watson, Shafiq and Umar Amin (13 not out) played out positively and helped Quetta complete the chase in 14 overs with nine wickets in hand.
Nawaz was named the man of the match as Quetta Gladiators opened their account in the tournament.
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