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Mohammad Sami's final over brilliance seals play-off spot for Islamabad

Mohammad Sami conceded just three runs in the final over
Mohammad Sami conceded just three runs in the final over

Islamabad United 165-6 (Talat 56) beat
Quetta Gladiators 164-5 (Pietersen 69) by one run
17th match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Mohammad Sami bowled a brilliant final over defending five runs as the defending champions Islamabad United booked a spot in the play-off of Pakistan Super League with a thrilling one-run victory in the 17th match of Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Quetta Gladiators had themselves to blame after fifties from Ahmed Shehzad and Kevin Pietersen took them to course of victory chasing 166 but they could not manage five runs off the final over despite six wickets in hand.

Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to field first as expected and the decision was vindicated when Zulfiqar Babar (2-17) had Dwayne Smith (0) caught at long off in the third ball of the innings.

After a cautious approach, Islamabad United ended the powerplay at 41 for one. Hussain Talat (56) upped the ante with a four and a six in the seventh over but Rafatullah Mohmand's (17) struggle was ended by Thisara Perera (1-13).

Talat once again started the ninth over with a six and a four and was also dropped in the process and Islamabad posted 74 for two at halfway mark. His fifty came off 34 deliveries but he soon became Babar's second victim in the 11th over, when he chipped one down the ground.

Misbah-ul-Haq (25) struggled to get going but cameos from Brad Haddin (22) and Shane Watson (29) helped Islamabad United to 165 for six in the 20 overs.

Mohammad Irfan (1-23) castled Asad Shafiq (8) early in the chase but Shehzad (59) and Pietersen (69) took the attack to the opposition with their 133-run stand for the second wicket.

In the 11th over bowled by Samuel Badree (0-34), Pietersen plundered two fours and a six while Shehzad reached his second consecutive fifty two overs later.

With two more sixes in the 14th over, Pietersen brought his own fifty as Quetta Gladiators needed 45 runs in the final six overs with nine wickets in hand.

Following the dismissal of Pietersen, who was trapped LBW by Shadab Khan (1-28) in the 17th over, Quetta Gladiators needed 17 runs off the final 18 balls but a brilliant comeback from Islamabad United, particularly Sami's (1-33) final over, ensured a thrilling one-run win for Misbah's men.

For his heroics in the death overs, Sami was also named the man of the match as Islamabad United became the second team to seal a play-off spot.

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