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PSL 2018

Umar Gul's six-wicket haul in vain as Quetta Gladiators stun Multan Sultans


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19-year-old Hasan Khan's penultimate ball six helped Quetta Gladiators to beat Multan Sultans in a nail-bitting thriller at Dubai on Wednesday.
The Gladiators chased down the tricky target of 153 to register a crucial two-wicket victory in the ongoing Pakistan Super League despite a six-wicket haul by Sultans' pacer Umar Gul.
Gladiators' skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won and the toss and asked the opposition to bat first. The Multan franchise endured the worst of the starts with opener Kumar Sangakkara being dismissed on the very first ball of the innings. His partner Ahmed Shehzad was dismissed in the second over of the innings.
The innings was stabilised by skipper Shoaib Malik who came to out to bat at number five. Malik's unbeaten 65 and useful contributions from other batsmen helped the Galdiators to post 152/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, Gladiators' openers Shane Watson (26) and Asad Shafiq (20) gave their team a flying start before Gul struck to pull his team back into the game. With his six-wicket haul Gul also completed 200 wickets in T20s. His spell of 6/24 was the second best in ISL after Ravi Bopara's 6/16 in 2016.
Gul's bowling effort was not enough and he didn't receive any support from other bowlers as lower-order blitzkrieg from Galdiators led them to the victory. Rilee Rossouw (27) top scored for the winning side while Rameez Raja junior added 22.
Sarfraz dedicated the victory to mentor Sir Vivian Richards who turned 66 on Wednesday.
" No better present for Viv Richards. The way he motivates the team, it's his confidence which gives us the motivation. Such close wins definitely boost the morale of a team. We needed luck today. There were critical big-hits from 2-3 different players at the death," Sarfraz said after the match.
Malik shared his disaapointment after the match that the team but credited Gladiators for not giving up.
" There is disappointment, but we know how to leave it on the ground. We're all professionals. Credit to Quetta. They fought hard. Momentum ebbed and flowed but they batted well under pressure. You get to learn about your mistakes from every loss. We bowled a couple of no-balls which didn't help. Compared to yesterday, there was a bit more dew, but not so much that you couldn't grip the ball," Malik said.