Finally a long awaited Pakistan Super League kicked off with a glamour and fun. Nevertheless it was all because of continuous struggle and willingness of Pakistan Cricket Board and its governing council to make it happen.
Luke Wright played a magnificent unbeaten innings of 86 runs. He hit 11 boundaries and four maximums in the process.
Imran Khalid was the only successful bowler for Islamabad with two wickets for 20 runs in his four overs.
Earlier, Muhammad Nawaz’s four overs of left-arm spin helped Quetta restrict Islamabad to a score of 128-7.
Quetta sent Islamabad to bat first after winning the toss and Nawaz bagged four wickets in each of his four overs to bring Misbahul Haq-led team down.
Islamabad was looked off color from word GO! , when Anwar Ali bowled first over of Pakistan Super League as maiden, Then after spinners of Quetta Gladiators didn’t give them second chance to overcome them. A late assault of Misbah (41) together with Andre Russell (35), then, played useful knocks to push the total to decency.
Smart player of the match, maximum boundaries award bagged by Luke Wright.
Man of the match award goes to Muhammad Nawaz for his all-round performance. “I am very happy. Pressure was there but Zulfiqar helped me. I am here to prove myself as an all-rounder.”
Misbah: “We started poorly with the bat and the ball. We kept losing wickets. Quetta applied them better than us. Pitches support the spinner, we need to add spinners.”
Sarfraz: “We won a good toss. The win is very important. Credit goes to the bowlers. Luke was exceptional; he pushed Islamabad out of the match. KP supported me very much.”
I believe with more matches being played in this PSL will bring more crowds to the matches. Crowd during the opening match was not bad, but it could be better once it will get underway.
Today we will have a double header. Lahore Qalandars will face Karachi Kings in first match of the day, while Islamabad United will play against Peshawar Zalmi to prove themselves a very good team.