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Quetta Gladiators Clinch Third Victory In PSL 2024

Quetta Gladiators Clinch Third Victory In PSL 2024

On Thursday, Quetta Gladiators secured a three-wicket victory over Islamabad United in a thrilling encounter at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, successfully chasing a target of 139. Despite a late scare in their pursuit, Quetta’s triumph was fueled by notable batting contributions from skipper Rilee Rossouw, Sherfane Rutherford, and Jason Roy.

Opting to field first after winning the toss on a dry pitch with assistance for bowlers, Quetta aimed to capitalize on bowling conditions. Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan expressed a similar preference to bowl first but chose to bat, anticipating the later impact of spinners.

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Islamabad initially capitalized on the decision, with Alex Hales smashing 21 off 9 balls before falling to Akeal Hosein. This breakthrough provided Quetta’s bowlers relief, allowing them to regain control. Agha Salman’s impressive hitting in the final over of the powerplay pushed Islamabad to 60/1 after six overs. However, the team struggled to build on this start, losing eight wickets for just 78 runs due to disciplined middle-overs and death-overs bowling by Quetta. Spinner Abrar Ahmed played a key role, taking three crucial wickets, including that of Salman and Colin Munro.

Despite several Islamabad batters making decent starts, none could produce substantial contributions. Quetta’s chase began cautiously, with Islamabad United bowlers, led by Naseem Shah, maintaining tight lines and lengths to keep Quetta under pressure.

The pattern of batters failing to convert starts persisted, with only three Quetta players – Roy, Rossouw, and Rutherford – contributing significantly to the chase. Despite losing wickets in the middle and death overs, Quetta remained competitive.

In the end, the key was for Rossouw to stay until the conclusion of the innings. With support from Muhammad Amir, Quetta successfully chased down the total with 10 balls to spare.

Rossouw, scoring an unbeaten 34, was named the Player of the Match for his crucial role in the victory. The match showcased a mix of spirited batting, disciplined bowling, and tense moments, ultimately concluding in Quetta Gladiators’ favor.