DUBAI: Shane Watson and Umar Akmal performed a marvellous knock to comfortably take Quetta Gladiators dwelling in 158-run goal towards Islamabad United within the first fixture of the day on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium.
Samit Patel, Rumman Raees and Cameroon Delport took one wicket every. Gladiators remained dominated of their chase all through their batting innings.
37-year outdated Watson regarded in full management from the very first minute on the pitch until leaving the sphere after scoring 81 off 55 balls.
Umar Akmal’s persistent kind in back-to-back matches should have given a thought to ponder over to the selectors months earlier than the coming World Cup.
In the meantime, Ahmad Shehzad after a golden duck towards Peshawar Zalmi, managed to attain solely two runs. His depleted efficiency should be a supply of concern for the Sarfraz-led workforce.
Sohail Tanvir starred for Quetta within the first innings after choosing up 4 wickets together with the all-important wicket of Luke Ronchi who went again to the pavilion after being caught first ball. Tanvir subsequent despatched Shadab Khan packing after taking a pointy catch off his personal bowling.
This was adopted by Mohammad Nawaz trapping Rizwan Hussain for 3, leaving United reeling at eight-Three on the finish of 5 overs.
Fawad Ahmed added to United’s distress by taking the wicket of Cameron Delport (19) who was caught brilliantly by Tanvir, Hussain Talat (30) and Faheem Ashraf (1) to go away United six down.
Simply as Asif Ali stabilised the innings for United, he was caught within the deep finish by Nawaz for 36.
Wayne Parnell’s blistering 41 of 20 got here to an finish after serving to Islamabad to achieve a aggressive complete of 157.