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Where Quetta Gladiators faltered in their clash against Multan Sultans?
HBL PSL V

Where Quetta Gladiators faltered in their clash against Multan Sultans?

Rossouw's middle-overs onslaught

Quetta Gladiators had no answers to the belligerent strokeplay unleashed by Multan Sultans' star performer Rilee Rossouw.

Fashioning one remarkable shot after another, Rossouw pulverized his former PSL franchise's bowling attack by striking six maximums in his astonishing century.

Quetta's bowlers had done extremely in the initial half of the home side's innings by restricting them to a meager score of 65 in ten overs. What then transpired was beyond anyone's imagination as the Gladiators were left completely shellshocked in a storm of multiple boundaries.

Quetta skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was visibly flustered by his side's abject surrender and constantly hurried to the bowler following each meaty blow to lift the individual's spirits. The visiting team was thus absolutely robbed of the momentum heading into the run chase.

Feeble batting performance barring Watson

Shane Watson's sparkling batting effort threatened to overpower Multan but he was soon bereft of quality contributions from the other end.

The pressure of dot deliveries accumulated by his partners eventually got to him and he had to depart amidst the rising asking rate. The failure to sculpt solid partnerships heavily starved Quetta's chase of the impetus to drive towards an improbable win.

No Gladiators batsman was able to play the supporting role that was so wonderfully executed by Sultans' captain Shan Masood in the first innings when he tactfully reduced the burden on Rossouw.

Lack of additional spinner

Quetta's left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz was the only bowler who provided some control with the ball in hand, finishing with impressive figures of one for 16 in his three overs.

Meanwhile, the pace bowling options travelled the distance giving birth to the notion that the playing surface in Multan is better suited to spinners. It would have hence made more sense to include veteran leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed in the line-up despite the fact that he was not at his best in the preceding games.

Given Imran Tahir's beguiling variations kept the Gladiators' batsmen on their toes, the away side perhaps missed the trick by not going with a wrist-spinner in their playing XI.