LAHORE – An unbeaten 137-run partnership for the opening wicket between Colin Munro and Usman Khawaja gave Islamabad United an emphatic 10-wicket win over Quetta Gladiators in the 18th fixture of the HBL PSL 6 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.
According to information made available here, the openers Munro and Usman, chasing 134 to win, hammered Gladiators to all parts of the ground and chased down the target in the 10th over. Munro scored 90 off 36, hitting 12 fours and five gigantic sixes, while his partner Usman scored 27-ball 40, which included six fours and a six. The victory took United to second spot in the points table with eight points from six games (four wins, two defeats).
Gladiators who suffered their fifth loss, continue to languish at the bottom of the six-team table with a mere two points from six matches (one win, five defeats). During the match, Naseem Shah was brought in as a concussion replacement for Andre Russell who was hit by a bouncer from Musa Khan during the 14th over of Quetta’s batting.
Earlier, after being put into bat by United captain Shadab Khan, the Gladiators were bowled out on the last ball of their 20 overs for 133. The Gladiators lost wickets at the regular intervals as only four batsmen managed to reach double figures. Jake Weatherald who made his HBL PSL debut today, top-scored with 43 off 35 balls, laced with three fours and two sixes. The left-handed batsman contributed 39 runs for the third-wicket partnership – the best of the innings with Azam Khan (26 off 23, two fours, one six). For United, right-arm pacers Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Musa took two wickets apiece.
Player of the match Colin Munro said: “We didn’t adapt to conditions in the earlier game. Today, we skinned the cat differently, we watched the games after us and today the wicket got better in the evening. Earlier game, we didn’t give ourselves time to build an innings, tonight it was about adapting to conditions, taking a bit of time and enjoying it out there. Played a heck of a lot better second innings. Wasim and Akif bowled beautifully.”
SCORES IN BRIEF
ISLAMABAD UNITED 137-o, 10 overs (Colin Munro 90 not out, Usman Khawaja 40 not out) beat QUETTA GLADIATORS 133 all out, 20 overs (Jake Weatherald 43, Azam Khan 26; Hasan Ali 2-24, Mohammad Wasim Jnr 2-12, Musa Khan 2-38) by 10 wickets.