According to the Pakistan Super League 2020, the nine matches played between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. What a game of cricket played between both arch-rivals as Ben Cutting 42 runs off 17 balls took the third game of the tournament. While batting first United went to score a massive total of 187 runs with the loss of seven wickets. Gladiators chased down the enormous target with the loss of five wickets and two balls remaining to innings. Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators 9th Match PSL 2020 played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Jason Roy half-century for 38 balls, including two sixes and six fours to his innings. Sarfaraz Ahmed formed three partnerships with top-order and taking them over the line. Great innings by Mohammad Nawaz and Ben Cutting with 57* unbeaten innings for just 28 balls and taking them to 3rd victory. Sarfaraz Ahmed 33 runs innings for 20 shots, including five fours, and significant partnerships took them closer to the target. Sarfaraz fell in the 16th over when LQ needed 55 runs off 29 balls.
Ben Cutting took complete advantage of Roy’s half-century, and Sarfaraz 33 runs didn’t waste. Ahmed Shahzad took charge of Shadab Khan the first two balls he faced went for sixes in a row. He smashed two sixes to Shadab Khan and then got stumped by Ronchi, the 3rd ball of the same over. Azam Khan, the hero of the first game, last no longer either, bogged down by youngster Ahmed Safi Abdullah. Jason Roy left Gladiators to 102 with the loss of four wickets in 11.3 overs.
Ben Cutting 42 Off 17 Did the Job
After winning the toss, Gladiators chose to bowl first, and United took full advantage of the first innings. United went so aggressive and scored with the run rate of 10 runs in the powerplay. Mohammad Naseem two wickets in early overs with the dismissals of Luke Ronchi and David Malan. Great innings by skipper Shadab Khan who went to score 39 runs off 25 balls and set-grounds for a big total. Colin Ingram’s brilliant performance with 63 runs off 40 balls stretched fraction to 187 runs in 20 overs.
In response to the strict target, of187 runs. Gladiators went aggressive without compromising to take the required run-rate. Jason Roy’s first innings of 50 run off 38 balls and set a platform of chasing the runs needed. Ben Cutting’s cameo of 42 runs for just 17 balls. He won the game along with Mohammad Nawaz who smacked 17 runs in the 17th over of the match off Rumman Rasees bowling. He almost took the game away from United and chased the highest total of the tournament.
Ben Cutting scored 34 runs in just two overs against Rumman Raees and Faheem Ashraf with 17 for each. The equation stretched down to 16 runs off 12 balls, and then Cutting ended the game by sending two sixes in next over. Mohammad Nawaz essential innings of 25 runs along with man of the match Cutting played a vital role in run-chase. Nawaz piled up with Sarfaraz and Cutting for a much-needed partnership, especially in the toughest time of the innings.
United vs Gladiators Playing XI
The team squad for Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators 9th Match PSL 2020!
Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, David Malan, Shadab Khan, Colin Ingram, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Amad Butt, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa
Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shahzad, Azam Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Ben Cutting, Naseem Shah, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Husnain, Sohail Khan