Islamabad United continued to dominate as they clinched their sixth victory in a row by defeating Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets. This win will keep Islamabad at the top of the points table irrespective of the outcome of the final league matches on Friday. Quetta Gladiators are second on the table for now with 10 points, but there is no guarantee if they will finish in top two.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and decided to bat first. Quetta’s decision didn’t quite pay off as they would have liked. They only managed to score 147/7 from their full quota of 20 overs. Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw could only contribute 48 runs. It was Sarfraz Ahmed’s 43 off 30 which helped Quetta post a reasonable score. Faheem Ashraf took 3 for 19 and also became the highest wicket-taker of the season with 15 wickets.
In reply, Islamabad United chased down the target of 148 in 18.2 overs with 6 wickets in hand. After the early departure of United’s in-form batsman Luke Ronchi (10 off 9) and the Englishman Alex Hales (16 off 12), it seemed like Quetta were in with a chance but not to be. JP Duminy anchored the run-chase with 54 off 47 while Hussain Talat (28* off 17) and Asif Ali (18 off 7) finished off the chase in style. Quetta’s bowlers were also challenged by the dew factor. Rahat Ali took 2 but went for 33. Mir Hamza bowled an impressive spell, he took one for 27 from 4 overs.