Quetta steal two-wicket win in thriller
It was never was going to be easy to bat for the Quetta Gladiators on a pitch that wasn’t assisting the batsmen. Umar Gul made it tougher with a spectacular spell of 6 for 24 in four overs. Yet, somehow, they managed to stun Multan Sultans to eke out a two-wicket in at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium after Hasan Khan smashed Kieron Pollard for a six off the penultimate delivery with three required off the last two balls in an absolute thriller.
Regular wickets upfront after Gul accounted for three of the top four, after an opening stand of 48, had reduced them to 118 for 6 in a chase of 153. Rilee Rossouw (27) and Rameez Raja (22) in the middle had stabilised the chase, but it was the cameos down the order that came with some lusty blows that took them over the line in the end. Gul had 4 for 11 after three overs, but albeit going for a few runs down the order, he picked up crucial scalps. Yet, it wasn’t enough on the day.
Quetta would’ve been ecstatic given the start that they got after Sultans’ openers were dismissed within two overs, validating their decision to bowl first on a pitch that was tough for batting on Wednesday (March 7). Sohaib Maqsood played out a sedate 27, as opposed to his blitzkreig in the previous game, with the middle order chipping in.
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