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by Manuj Sharma Thursday 4 February 2016
Quetta Gladiators 132-2 (Wright 86no) beatIslamabad United 128-7 (Nawaz 4-13) by eight wicketsFirst match, Pakistan Super League, Dubai Scorecard
Luke Wright lit the stage on fire with an unbeaten 86 after Mohammad Nawaz's four-wicket haul restricted Islamabad United to 128 registering an eight-wicket victory for Quetta Gladiators in the opening game of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.
Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent Islamabad United to bat first. Quetta started the innings with a disciplined bowling performance allowing just 12 runs in the first four overs.
Sharjeel Khan (10) broke the shackles with a six in the fifth over of Zulfiqur Babar (1-36) but fell in the same over ending the 21-run opening stand.
With the spinners in operation, Shane Watson (15) struggled to get going and eventually fell to Nawaz (4-13) in the eighth over ending his 27-ball vigil.
Nawaz continued to wreck the Islamabad batting as he removed Sam Billings (2) and Babar Azam (15). Islamabad were reeling at 56 for five at that stage.
Misbah-ul-Haq (41) and Andre Russell (35) added 57 runs for the seventh wicket to push the Islamabad total to 128 for two in the 20 overs. Nawaz was the pick of the Quetta bowlers having picked four wickets at an economy of 3.25.
Wright (86 not out) dented the Islamabad hopes further as he struck eight boundaries and a couple of sixes in the first four overs to bring the 50-run opening stand with Ahmed Shehzad (11).
Imran Khalid struck twice (2-20) in his three overs to dismiss Shehzad and Kevin Pietersen (8) but Wright went on to reach his fifty off 31 deliveries.
It was one side traffic from there as Wright added an unbeaten 59 runs with Nawaz (22 not out) to take Quetta Gladiators to an easy eight-wicket win. Nawaz was declared the man of the match for his four wickets and an unbeaten knock of 22 as well.
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