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Smith, Haddin power Islamabad United to maiden PSL triumph

Smith, Haddin power Islamabad United to maiden PSL triumph
Brad Haddin scored an unbeaten 61 off just 39 deliveries in the finals.
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Islamabad United 175-4 (Smith 73) beat
Quetta Gladiators 174-7 (Shehzad 64) by six wickets
Final, Pakistan Super League, Dubai

Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin scored fine half-centuries to help Islamabad United chase down 175 against the Quetta Gladiators in 18.4 overs with six wickets in hand in the final game in Dubai to win the inaugural edition of the Pakistan super League.

Islamabad United won the toss and elected to bowl first with both teams fielding an unchanged side.The Quetta Gladiators lost Bismillah Khan (0) early in the first over from Mohammad Irfan (2-25).

Kevin Pietersen (18) and Ahmed Shehzad (64) added 33 runs for the second wicket but Andre Russell (3-36) had Pietersen caught at deep square leg to reduce the Quetta Gladiators to 36 for two in the powerplay.

At the halfway stage, Quetta Gladiators were 68 for two with Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara (55) at the crease.

Sangakkara finally shifted gears as he scored four boundaries and three sixes in the next three overs bringing his fifty off 30 deliveries and also the half-century stand with Shehzad.

However, in the next over bowled by Russell, Sangakkara was caught at long-on but in the same over Shehzad scored two consecutive boundaries to bring a fifty of his own.

Islamabad United clawed their way back in the game by dismissing Mohammad Nawaz (7) and Shehzad in successive overs. The Quetta Gladiators reached 150 for five by the end of the 17 overs.

Cameos from Grant Elliott (12 not out) and Anwar Ali (13) ensured the Quetta Gladiators posted 174 for seven in the 20 overs.

During the chase, Smith (73) and Sharjeel Khan (12) gave Islamabad United a brisk start racing to 53 in the sixth over. Nathan McCullum (1-24) broke the opening stand after castling Khan. Islamabad United managed 55 for one in the powerplay overs.

In the next three overs, Smith and Haddin added 24 runs to bring the chase back on track. Smith was handed a reprieve after Nawaz (0-15) shelled a tough return catch in the 12th over but soon he brought the 50-run stand with Haddin off just 38 deliveries.

With Islamabad United needing just 28 runs from the final four overs, Smith perished after he was deceived by a Zulfiqur Babar (1-41) delivery and in the next over Aizaz Cheema (1-34) sent Russell (7) packing.

However, Haddin who completed a 31-ball fifty ensured Islamabad United reached the target in 18.4 overs to clinch the maiden Pakistan Super League trophy for Misbah-ul-Haq's men.

Smith was declared the man of the match while Karachi Kings' all-rounder Ravi Bopara was announced the most valuable player in the tournament.

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