Jason Roy, Sarfaraz Ahmed stars as Gladiators beats Islamabad United by 5 wickets

Jason Roy scored 54 in the chase. AFP

Jason Roy scored 54 in the chase. AFP

Jason Roy featured with the bat again for Quetta Gladiators, scoring a 27-ball 54 while Sarfaraz Ahmed (50* off 32) additionally concocted a vital thump to help his side secure a five-wicket triumph against Islamabad United at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday (February 12). On account of fifties from Alex Hales (62 off 38) and Faheem Ashraf (55 off 28), the United posted a considerable 199/8. In any case, the complete demonstrated deficient as the Gladiators moved past the line in the last over to enlist their third dominate in six matches.

Yet again new off a century against Lahore Qalandars in a 200 or more pursue, Roy set the stage for the Gladiators as he dashed to a 24-ball fifty. Mohammad Wasim Jr was in a bad way when he was hit for five fours in the third north of, four of them by Roy. Wasim Jr. later put down a straightforward opportunity to give Roy a relief on 25 and the sad bowler Hasan Ali turned out to be hit for three progressive fours before long. The Gladiators amassed 72 in the powerplay and Roy hustled to his fifty preceding being bowled by Shadab Khan while endeavoring a converse breadth. Ahsan Ali got out in the following over while James Vince and Iftikhar Ahmed fell with hardly a pause in between after a helpful stand, leaving the Gladiators at 139/4 in the sixteenth over.

Umar Akmal restored the pursuit with a blustery 23 off just 8 balls while Sarfaraz Ahmed gave the supporting job in the fifth wicket stand as they took the Gladiators closer. Despite the fact that Akmal was excused in the nineteenth over, Wasim Jr. wound up yielding 19, leaving the Gladiators requiring just 8 off 6. Sarfaraz polished it off with two progressive fours off Hasan Ali to get to his fifty as he assisted his group with winning with two conveyances in excess.

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Prior, requested to bat, United were a touch delayed in any case, particularly Hales, yet they got pace rapidly as the Englishman moved from 8 off 10 to 34 off 21 when the powerplay was finished. He was associated with a 48-run opening stand with Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who was excused by Naseem Shah for a 13-ball 19 in the fifth over. Hales went on emphatically, helping the United post 58 in the initial six overs and before long arrived at a 32-ball fifty. The United got to 100 at the midway phase of their innings yet were difficulty by fast wickets as they slipped to 109 for 6, losing five wickets for the expansion of just nine runs.

That they figured out how to get done with a complete near 200 was on account of Ashraf, who managed in a whirlwind of limits to drive his side forward. Ashraf struck five fours and four sixes – with three of those maximums coming in the seventeenth over off Ghulam Mudassar which yielded 22. He likewise hit a six and a four off Naseem in the nineteenth and broadened his association with Liam Dawson past 70 preceding both fell in the last over to James Faulkner. Mohammad Wasim Jr. finished the innings with two sixes as the United wrapped up with a sizeable aggregate.

Brief scores of the match : Islamabad United 199/8 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 62, Faheem Ashraf 55; Shahid Afridi 2-27) lost to Quetta Gladiators 203/5 in 19.4 overs (Jason Roy 54, Sarfaraz Ahmed 50*; Shadab Khan 3-25) by 5 wickets.

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