Islamabad United stretch winning streak to six with comfortable win over Quetta Gladiators
Islamabad United 149-4 (Duminy 54) beat
Quetta Gladiators 147-7 (Sarfraz 43) by six wickets
28th game, Pakistan Super League, Sharjah
JP Duminy scored yet another half-century as Islamabad United chased down 148 runs against Quetta Gladiators in 18.2 overs with six wickets in hand in the 28th game of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah to stretch their winning streak to six.
Luke Ronchi (10) fell early in the chase but Duminy (54) hit four boundaries and a six to take Islamabad United to 51 for one in the powerplay phase. Mir Hamza (1-27) provided respite when he had Alex Hales (16) caught at fine leg and the promotion of Shadab Khan (18) to number three did not quite work well as he went at about run-a-ball.
Duminy reached his fifty with a six, taking 40 deliveries to achieve the milestone and Islamabad were left with 38 runs to get off the final five overs which they completed with ease with late flourish from Hussain Talat (18 not out) and Asif Ali (18 not out).
Earlier, Quetta won the toss and decided to bat first. Samit Patel (1-14) provided the initial breakthrough of Shane Watson (8) and as they were struggling to gain momentum only Sarfraz Ahmed (43) and Umar Amin (28) with their 64 run stand got them on the track.
Faheem Ashraf (3-19) kept chipping away with the wickets until Hasan Khan (15 not out) with his nine-ball cameo, helped Quetta recover a bit and post 147 for seven in the 20 overs.
Quetta will now hope for Karachi and Islamabad to both lose their final game if they are to finish second in the table.
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