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Rossouw, spinners help Quetta Gladiators secure eight-run victory

Rilee Rossouw top scored with 60 runs
Rilee Rossouw top scored with 60 runs

Quetta Gladiators 136-9 (Rossouw 60) beat
Lahore Qalandars 128 (Roy 27) by eight runs
Second match, Pakistan Super League in Dubai

Zulfiqur Babar, Hasan Khan and Mohammad Nawaz shared six wickets between them equally as Quetta Gladiators successfully defended 137 runs against Lahore Qalandars and registered an eight-wicket win in the second game of Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to field first. Sohail Tanvir (2-24) and Mohammad Irfan (3-26) struck in quick succession to remove Ahmed Shehzad (5) and Kevin Pietersen (3) respectively.

Quetta Gladiators had a quiet powerplay of 26 for two. Asad Shafiq (29) tried to consolidate the innings along with Rilee Rossouw (60).

However, the 10th over Sunil Narine (2-16) castling both Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed (1) as Quetta Gladiators reached 54 for four at halfway mark.

Yasir Shah (1-32) was bowling in tandem with Narine as the batsmen struggled to get going and the leg spinner also accounted for the wicket of Thisara Perera (12), who holed out to long off.

Rossouw upped the ante in the final few overs and reached his fifty off 38 deliveries but it was Lahore Qalandars, who dominated the death overs restricting Quetta Gladiators to 136 for nine in the 20 overs.

Jason Roy (27) scored four boundaries and a six in the first two overs to take Lahore Qalandars to 23 for naught.

Babar (2-31) struck twice in two overs to remove both Roy and Brendon McCullum (20). However, once they fell, Quetta seized on the opportunity and picked wickets at regular intervals to restrict Lahore to 77 for six.

Despite the best efforts of Grant Elliott (26) and Narine (26), the target was down to 12 runs off 12 deliveries with the final wicket in hand.

However, Hasan (2-10) held a return catch in the penultimate over to get rid of Yasir (1) as Lahore Qalandars fell short of the target by nine runs. Hasan was also awarded the man of the match for this brilliant two wicket haul and useful contribution of 16 runs with the bat.

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