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Where Islamabad lost the game against Quetta?
HBL PSL V

Where Islamabad lost the game against Quetta?

Lack of death bowling options

Shadab Khan ran out of reliable death bowling options while defending 187. Faheem Ashraf bowled well in patches but when the going got tough, he couldn't halt Ben Cutting's onslaught and ended up conceding 46 runs in four overs.

The captain himself was taken to the cleaners and bled 33 runs in three overs which dented United's chances in the game. 

Perhaps, Rumman Raees could have been a better option in the final over as Ben Cutting feasted on Amad Butt's slower ones and plonked him over the ropes twice in a row. 

Cutting himself is dextrous in nailing the change-up deliveries and it was bread and butter for him to pick the back of the hand slower ones.

Cutting's heroics

Cutting changed the complexion of the game with his late blitz. He made the task look ridiculously easy as he came and conquered. 

Cutting scored a quickfire 42 off 17 deliveries and his innings was laced with four sixes and two fours. Earlier, Sarfaraz Ahmed played a valiant 33-run-innings but his untimely wicket made it a tough ask for Gladiators to stay on course in pursuit of what seemed a taxing total at that stage of the match.

Last five overs

Given how Colin Ingram and Shadab Khan scored at a phenomenal strike rate and how they were scoring at a brisk rate, some massive overs, in the end, could have pushed the score in excess of 200 but Asif Ali typically hit a few sixes and then holed out to long-on. 

Had he stayed for a bit longer, it would have made the difference. Faheem got run-out just at the wrong time and so Quetta managed to pull it back in the death overs to put a lid on the target.