Islamabad United Vs Quetta Gladiators PSL 8 13th Match 24rd Feb 2023
Islamabad United won by 63 runs in Pakistan Super League 8 2023
Islamabad United emerged victorious in the 13th Match of the Pakistan Super League played in Karachi on February 24, 2023. They defeated Quetta Gladiators by a margin of 63 runs. Islamabad United put up a solid performance, scoring 220 runs in their allotted 20 overs, while Quetta Gladiators could only manage 157 runs in 19.1 overs.
Batting first, Islamabad United got off to a shaky start, losing their opening wicket in the second over. However, Colin Munro and Azam Khan steadied the innings with a 71-run partnership. Azam Khan was the star of the innings, smashing 97 runs off 42 balls at a stunning strike rate of 230.95. Asif Ali contributed with a quickfire 42 off 24 balls, helping Islamabad United reach 220/6 in their 20 overs.
Chasing a target of 221 runs, Quetta Gladiators started poorly, losing their first two wickets for just 7 runs. Mohammad Hafeez played a brave inning of 48 runs off 26 balls, but he received little support from the other batters. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed scored 41 and 39 runs, respectively, but their efforts were in vain as Quetta Gladiators could only manage 157 runs before getting all out.
Hasan Ali and Fazalhaq Farooqi were the picks of the bowlers for Islamabad United, picking up three wickets each. Shadab Khan also chipped in with two wickets. For Quetta Gladiators, Mohammad Hasnain and Odean Smith picked up two wickets each but could not prevent their team from defeating.
The win takes Islamabad United to the top of the points table, while Quetta Gladiators remain in fourth place. Islamabad United hopes to continue their winning run in their next match, while Quetta Gladiators will be looking to bounce back from this defeat.
Overall, it was a thrilling match that showcased the best of T20 cricket. With both teams playing their hearts out, Islamabad United emerged as the deserving winners. The match had great batting, quality bowling, and some spectacular fielding. Fans of the Pakistan Super League were treated to an entertaining spectacle, and they will be looking forward to more such matches in the coming days.
Shadab Khan, the captain of Islamabad United, praised Azam Khan's outstanding performance in a recent match. He mentioned that Azam's innings were a sight to behold and that he could deliver consistently. Shadab was also pleased with the team's overall performance, which includes a solid bowling performance, despite the opposition scoring almost 400 runs.
Azam Khan named the Player of the Match, acknowledged that his former cricketer father has helped him develop a strong mental game. He also spoke about his batting mindset, which involves aiming for range-hitting and checking his shots to see if they clear the boundary.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the captain of Quetta Gladiators, praised Azam's performance and acknowledged his team's shortcomings in executing their plans during the last four overs. He also mentioned that the team would regroup and work on improving their fielding, bowling, and batting before their next game.
Asif Ali, who played a crucial role in the match, discussed his partnership with Azam and the team's unity. He happily played for Islamabad United and praised the team's strong bond.
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